It’s been over 5 years since I began jotting down my thoughts, tips, press releases and frustrations with the coffee industry to this blog and I have always wondered “who is reading this stuff?” So, I thought, why not ask: who are you?
In two sentences, post a reply below to describe your business, what you do and how you got involved in coffee. Anyone related to coffee (producers, importer/exporters, roasters, retailers, affiliated service businesses and industry suppliers, writers, bloggers etc.) is welcome to post and be sure to include your web address for a link and subsequent free publicity for future readers. The post will be up for the next 5 years and with any luck, longer.
One note: only legitimate coffee businesses please, no link referral websites, pyramid schemes, herbs and fungi made to sound like coffee or kopi luwak. I understand that kopi luwak is technically coffee, but I have a moral problem promoting the stuff, as it is a gimmick that promotes cruelty to animals.
I’ll start off below and let’s see how many participants we can get!
Starting off as promised. I’m Andrew Hetzel, consultant, coffee buyer and occasional writer for Cafemakers. We provide consulting services (quality assessment / control, facilities and process development and branding or marketing) for coffee agriculture, roasting businesses and retail coffee brands.
My name is Mike Crimmins and I’m the main blogger behind Daily Shot Of Coffee. You can read my coffee related writing at
Hi I’m Jack Groot, coffee consultant, barista school principal, coffee shop owner and columnist for the Specialty Coffee Retailer magazine. I love coffee and business and over the years have found that when I’m involved in coffee I’m happiest. I enjoy helping others succeed in business and overseeing our retail operations.
Our websites are http://www.JPsCoffee.com (coffee bar in Holland, MI founded in 1993), http://www.MidwestBaristaSchool.com (coffee and business school founded in 2007), and http://www.OnTrackCoffeeConsulting.com (new business development, training/consulting for existing operators, and strategic growth for existing business).
MAS here. Coffee hobbyist. INeedCoffee.com and CoffeeHero.com.
The question ‘who is reading this?’ is the one the press always has to ask itself! We’re the main trade magazine, and also the main freelance writers on coffee, in the UK. We’re at http://www.coffee-house.org.uk. All the best from the UK!
Hello! I’m Craig Brooks, owner of Coffee Mania in Cortland NY. We have been serving quality coffee at two drive-thru locations for over ten years, we have been roasting for four, and recently opened our first sit-down cafe. Find us at http://www.cnycoffee.com.
Hi, I work with espresso pods and flavoured coffee beans for the main part and stumbled across this page while reading up on Indian Kaapi Royale. Our sites include http://www.coffeeroyale.co.uk, http://www.ukcoffeepods.org and http://www.coffeepodshop.eu. I’m also a subsriber of Ian’s excellent magazine above!
Hi, I’m Jim Pellegrini, co-owner of Muddy Dog Roasting Company in Morrisville, NC (near Raleigh). We are small batch artisan roasters; we also sell fine teas and have a line of novel southern corn products to which we’ve added our own twist. Thanks for the opportunity to post. http://www.muddydogcoffee.com
Roasting hobbyist turned professional, focusing on wholesale and website retail in Birmingham, AL USA. . Roasting as a hobby for over 6yrs, first year in “business”
Hello, I`m Raymundo Romero , owner of “Tierras del Café” in Metepec, Edo de Mex, Mexico, a cafeteria concept, we opened 1 year and 7 months ago, and our main product is Coffee from Huatulco Oax, Mexico in the south coast, anyone that want a taste of an excellent coffee please write me
Our web page is http://www.tierrasdelcafe.com.mx
Hello all, my name is Elise. I work with a company called Roasted Cup. It is based out of Chicago, IL. We have not been open long, and are new to the coffee business. It was opened because of a deep love of coffee and everything coffee related.
My name is Hope and I am thinking of opening a parent friendly (kid friendly) coffeehouse. Thanks for the great site and resources!
Hi，I’m Anna from China which has a rich culture of tea.But coffee is known by more and more young people and they like the black drink,someone as me even fascinated by it.I work in a coffee shop ,but making and selling coffee is not our main business,we buy specialty beans and roast and offer filter drip coffee and espresso.We also do some coffee training.Beside work time I have to learn more about coffee from some foreign sites .I am concerned all about coffee—from crop to cup and in our country there is also coffee plantation but most are low quality catimor.In a word I am glad to make some coffee friends and share more about coffee.my blog is http://blog.sina.com.cn/ppyin Thanks
Hi all, my wife and I are coffee farmers on Hawaii’s Big Island. As most know Kona and Hawaiian coffees are some the smoothest and tastiest coffee in the world. AND it is grown in the USA. Currently we find ourselves working in New York City much of the year. Our dream is to sell Kona and Hawaiian coffees from the farm direct to markets in the New York city areas at fair prices. It hasn’t been easy. Thanks for your site and the opportunity to post! Aloha
I started a little coffee company with a missionary friend of mine who has been in Guatemala for 26 years. He has been harvesting coffee to help provide a source of income for the people with whom he works. We are still developing and have not “officially” launched. Over 65% of all proceeds will go directly back to the people to help build schools, provide clean water and fresh food, fund agricultural projects and to create more micro-business opportunities for the local to provide for their family. Check us out at pinalitocoffee.com. Thanks!
My name is Alyssa Ebnet and I am a journalism student at Arizona State University. I have been blogging about a family-owned coffee shop in Maple Grove, Minnesota. It is called Mountain Mudd and it’s a little Greek, a little rock ‘n’ roll, and a lot of java! It’s operated by the owner, Mary Ellen, and her three children. I admire their hard work and think it is so neat to run a business with your family that each member cares about. Their shop is filled with Elvis memorabilia, they have traditional Greek food, and in my opinion, very good coffee. Once a month they even have an Elvis impersonator come and perform! It’s a very fun, unique shop. I truly admire the family’s hard work to keep their business a success, because I know it’s not easy!
Coffee Rocks Cafe is a new coffee shop in Portage MI. We also have a full service breakfast and healthy sandwiches and Ashbys ice cream. But our specialty coffee is a hit. check our web site out and stop on by.
I am planning on opening a cafe/deli in Las Vegas. I have gathered three months of info. I have no prior expreince in coffee shop world. My background is in architectue, retail and construction. What do you guys think??
Nowhere near beautiful Hawaii, we use coffee in Canada as a survival tool – gotta keep warm! I’m Ashley and I’ve been a part of Axis Cafe (barista / manager / owner) since we opened in 2007. Primarily, we’re passionate about people and relationships; our cafe serves as the perfect venue for fostering this. We host Edmonton’s downtown core of busy business people, hip urbanites and dedicated students Monday through Saturday, then play host to C3Metro church (www.c3metro.ca) on Sunday. We also support the arts community through music nights and featured artist displays. http://www.axiscafe.ca
Thanks for all the great resources your site provides!
I am based in South Africa and own a coffee company called L’Ambrosia Coffee.
We supply our Top Grade, Freshly Roasted, 100% Arabica Coffee’s to offices and private homes. There are always plenty of opportunities for growth and since I am a small business I am looking for funding to further grow my business here in South Africa.
All our green bean coffee’s are imported from various African regions mainly the East-African regions.
I love coffee and everything about it and there’s nothing thats all inspiring than a cup.
visit our website on http://www.lambrosia.za.net for more info.
Owner of espressolab here in Quebec City!
Always have been an avid coffee enthusiat.
Now making a living out of my passion!
Aloha, my name is Joachim. When not toiling on our small family farm in South Kona, I enjoy making myself smart regarding anything coffee related. And that’s how I ended up here!
Hello all, I’m Lyn from Australia and have a coffee lounge called Groovealicious. Our coffee is local and spray free from chemicals, we also sell tea which is local as well, we have a rich and diverse area full of coffee and tea plantations.
We are a dedicated coffee shop and make our coffee be the hero of the shop, making it exactly how our customer wants.
My husband and I have a new non-profit organization called Global Community Works. We work in rural areas assessing the needs and natural resources of the people. Our desire is to build up and market these natural resources so that they are a sustainable source of support for the people who possess them. A new coffee farm in Guatemala is one of our many coffee business connections. We are looking to partner with coffee shops, roasters and individuals looking for the highest quality coffee that provides the highest quality life for the people that raise it!
My name is Sam and I am from Ethiopia, the birth place of Coffee. I am a partner with my cousin and have 3 Coffee shops through out Addis Ababa. If you or any of your friend’s of family member’s happen to be in Addis, you should visit one of our Coffee Shop, Alem Bunna (Coffee roaster). Cheers/