Join us at Port City Java's Corporate Headquarters for our monthly roastery tour and coffee cupping!
Our goal is to share how coffee is grown, harvested, processed and roasted. We'll sample coffee from all over the world and experience the "taste of place" that makes each coffee so unique. Our Director of Roasting, Scott McLean, AKA DJ Lightroast is passionate about the world of coffee and sharing his knowledge with others. Not only will you taste during the tour but we'll be sending you home with a bag of beans so freshly roasted you won't believe it! We hope this tour will engage all five of your senses in an educational and fun way. AND if you can find Oprah, Charlie Sheen and Willie Nelson in our warehouse, you could win an extra prize!
FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
How large are the tour groups?
This group is limited to six people.
How much does a tour cost?
The ticket price is $20.
What should I wear?
This is an indoor tour and we do recommend wearing comfortable clothing and walking shoes.
Can I bring my camera?
Sure! There are lots of opportunities to take pictures during the tours.
Can I bring my kids?
You’ll have to make that call based on your child’s age/maturity but most of our tours are not set up for children. This one has lots of coffee to taste so it might not be a good idea.
I have allergies!
We’re not doctors but if you have allergies or sensitivities to any foods or items used in food production, it’s safe to assume that absolutely everything served on this tour is or contains an allergen of some sort. We encourage you to use the same discretion that has enabled you to live a full and healthy life to this point!
Will I need to bring cash?
Our tours are all inclusive and you'll be going home with a freshly roasted pound of coffee. That said, we don't have cash registers set up to work in our warehouse so we wouldn't be able to process any sales if you wanted to purchase anything else. We do have 15 cafes in the area that we'd be happy to direct you towards though!
When should I arrive for the tour?
It’s very important that you arrive 10 minutes before the scheduled start time. We leave on time. If you’re running late, your confirmation email will have a contact number to call.
I need to cancel/reschedule. Is that a problem?
Tickets are non-refundable.
Port City Java
Port City Java has been waking up Wilmington, NC since 1995. Nestled in the heart of historic downtown, our first café quickly became a hub for coffee lovers in the community. Our admittedly simple goals were to bring great, fresh-roasted coffee to our neighbors with the help of a charming but ever mischievous 15-kilo Ambex roaster. Port City Java has evolved and grown to operate over 30 cafes as well as its own bakery, roastery and distribution center since then. Our goal to roast and serve amazing coffee the way we think it should be done hasn't wavered. Sometimes it's hard to find a seat.
Our menu offers a diverse selection to satisfy all of your sweet and savory urges. Beverages include a rotating selection of remarkable coffee, carefully crafted espresso drinks, smoothies made with real fruit, milkshakes made with rich ice cream and award winning teas among other items. We bake fresh daily and our breakfast sandwiches and wraps are made on site and are served hot all day. Our signature sandwiches, salads and wraps are all made to order.
We're grateful for the opportunity to serve an outstanding menu that is approachable, accessible and steeped in kindness. Manners count. While other coffeehouses might hurry their customers out the door, we invite our guests to stay and feel very privileged when you settle in with us for the morning. Our baristas bring creativity, fun, and sincerity to the bar continuing what has become a tradition of unstinting hospitality at Port City Java. We treasure the relationships we've built and hope you'll join us soon.