Our History

RELAY Coffee Roasters is enthusiastic about creating a remarkable coffee experience with excellent coffee and exceptional hospitality.  Our mission is about being a coffee roasting company that focuses on people first; farmers & our customers.

RELAY Coffee Roasters, started by husband and wife team Jason and Rachel, began roasting in the Fall of 2008, originally as Red Hill Coffee Trade, in Hamilton, ON.  It was their desire to create a business where everyone wins.

RELAY is committed to roasting fair trade certified and certified organic coffee from a variety of origins. We believe in the economic independence of coffee farmers and community development in the places where they live and work. We believe that coffee should be grown and harvested sustainably, without the use of harmful pesticides and/or practices. All of this encourages a healthier planet, healthy communities and a better cup of coffee.

RELAY is dedicated to the craftsmanship of roasting coffee in small batches with skill and care. Diligent attention is given to time, temperature, colour, & aroma in the roasting process. Each origin of coffee is roasted with a unique roast profile to achieve the full potential of its flavours, tones and nuances.

2011 -  RELAY Coffee Roasters opened its first coffee bar at the Hamilton Farmers Market.

2013 - RELAY Coffee Roasters opened a second coffee bar on Concession Street in Hamilton.

2019, Spring - RELAY opened its third coffee bar in the heart of downtown, 27 King William St.

RELAY is committed to building community through participation in a number of local events.  Over the years, we have participated in Supercrawl, Seven Sundays in Gage,Food and Drink Fest, Art Crawl, The Makers Market, the Niagara Food and Wine Show, Festival of Friends, Because Beer, Stuffed, ChocolateFest, Greenbelt Harvest Picnic, Pop Up Hamilton, and Winterfest.

RELAY proudly sponsors Supercrawl, the Hammer City Roller Girls, the Hamilton Film Festival, the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra.

RELAY Coffee Roasters (Red Hill Coffee Trade inc.) is the recipient of the First Ontario and Hamilton Spectator 1AWARD in 2012, and the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Small Business Award in 2013.