Character. Cultivation. Community.
These are the pillars of Afficionado Coffee, and we build upon them by partnering exclusively with the same producers year after year. We have been self-funded and self-managed since we launched in 2008, growing organically through relationships and trust that can only be earned with time.
Commitment to farmers
Maintaining farm exclusivity has earned us the trust of our farmers. Since they can rely on us to purchase their product year-round, every year, our relationship is truly collaborative. Sometimes that means experimenting with a new soil treatment, or innovating entirely new products, like our coffee-blossom tea.
Old school as new age
We apply this same progressive sensibility to our roasting process. Rather than follow coffee trends and their new machines with automated systems, we roast on an original 1955 Gothot, operated by a renowned chef. It's hands-on, it's sensory, it's a craftsman doing his craft.
A different approach to blends
Though single-origins are often considered the premium roasts, blended coffees can offer some really beautiful and complex cups. We take extra pride in our carefully blended roasts, each one nuanced, balanced, and exclusive to Afficionado.
By collaborating at all levels of service, we ensure that our partners can not only brew great coffee, but are also equipped with the tools and infrastructure to provide their customers with a seamless, memorable café experience. We offer:
Station blueprints and buildout options
On-site support during equipment setup and maintenance
Coffee education & barista training
Café design and collateral
Customer experience guidance
We have spent the past decade developing our business across wholesale markets— work that has shaped our understanding and appreciation for different customer bases. These insights guide our work, and enable our team to help determine a café setup and menu that will best serve your market.
We welcome your inquiries into becoming an Afficionado client or partner. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will respond promptly in order to schedule an introduction.
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.
We purchased farming tools and alpacas, sponsored the construction of a new schoolhouse, and built a women's center focused on adult education.
We help farmers create new revenue streams through the harvest of coffee byproducts like coffee blossoms and cascara.
We worked with local authorities to distribute nutritional formula to infants and children in need.
We built the first school house in Marcala with computers and purchased new shoes for all of the local children (over 60 students) who attend the school every year.