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The black sheep of the coffee industry

Founded in 2008 by two friends with a passion for coffee, Afficionado has grown into a leading wholesale and consumer brand - built on the lasting relationships with farmers and communities around the world.

Equipped with an uncompromising bootstrap mentality, Afficionado’s small but mighty team travels to remote corners of the world in search of a deeper meaning in every cup. Through years of partnerships with the same communities at origin, Afficionado has committed to providing farmers with the tools and innovation they need to thrive.

At home in Afficionado’s New Jersey roastery, a culinary approach is applied to the roasting process, done entirely by hand on a vintage 1955 Gothot roaster. The final products celebrate the rugged beauty of the land and the people who call it home.

We committed to direct trading in 2012, and since then have worked exclusively with 13 farms.

Supporting the people of the farming communities is as important as producing good coffee, and our long-term relationships enable us to partner in more ways than one.

• Purchased farming tools and alpaca for the local community
• Sponsored the construction of a new schoolhouse
• Built a women’s center for adult education
• Irrigation infrastructure planned for 2021

• Helped farmers create new revenue streams through the harvest of coffee by-products like coffee blossoms and cascara

• Worked with local authorities to distribute nutritional formula to infants and children in need

• Built the first school house with computers in Marcala
• Purchased new shoes for all of the children in the village (estimated 65 each year).

our values:

Cultivation. Innovation. Purpose.

We are a team of passionate individuals who seek to continuously evolve the coffee experience at every level - from farm to cup. We strive to create the world's most knowledgeable & sustainable specialty coffee ecosystem.

We forego the easy path, opting for the road less travelled. Our methods are unconventional, a quality reflected in our exceptional products and service. We frequently defer gratification in the moment, knowing that excellence is not achieved overnight.

Looking forward:

As our journey continues, we want to thank you for helping make it all possible. Your support allows us to travel the world in search of coffee, friendship, and purpose.

As we continue to work with the same farms, year after year, we are able to guarantee mutual growth and a sustainable future for the farmers and their communities.
We hope you’ll join us on our journey.