Prototype Coffee

is owned and operated by me, Matt Johnson, with the help of my Aillio Bullet R1 roaster.


Prototype is a true microroastery. I’m roasting on an Aillio Bullet R1, which holds up to 1 kg, translating into up to three bags per roast. I chose this approach to roasting because I wanted to be able to offer a large selection of top quality, high scoring, and exciting coffees without compromising roast quality or freshness. Roasting to order in small batches is a bit more labour intensive but it gives me more precise control over the profile of each roast while also reducing waste and keeping my coffees tasting as fresh as possible.

I’ve been roasting for more than 10 years, ever since I learned the basics in a small roastery in Los Alamos, New Mexico where I grew up. After leaving Los Alamos, I got a bachelor's degree in music and a master's in philosophy, and I think that both of these disciplines have shaped my approach to coffee roasting. Over the last few years, the Vancouver coffee scene has helped me sharpen my palate and learn what coffee tastes like at its best. I worked at Revolver in Vancouver for three years as a manager and a barista, where I had the opportunity to taste coffees every day from some of the best roasters in the world. I’ve also had the privilege of working with and learning from extremely talented baristas who I think are some of the best people in the world.

Roasting coffee has been a passion of mine for many years, and it’s something that I always find fresh and fascinating. Coffees change harvest to harvest and as a roaster, I get to discover new and better ways to make their flavours come alive. 

I'm energized by new and dynamic flavours, innovation, and the continual pursuit of excellence and quality, and these are the things that Prototype is all about.