Member Spotlight: Vigilante Coffee
What We Do
Vigilante Coffee is a local DC based coffee roaster. We source our beans directly from farms all over the world and through our existing import/export relationships. We maintain the highest standards when sourcing our coffees and seek to maintain farm direct, organic and fair trade practices.
Why We Went Into Food
The founder of Vigilante Coffee got his start in Hawaii, the only state that grows coffee. There he learned coffee from the seed to the cup, which is the reverse of how many coffee professionals start out in coffee. This gave Vigilante Coffee a foundation of sourcing quality green coffee and roasting. Vigilante Coffee started in Washington D.C. in 2011 with the intention of elevating the bar on quality coffee in the nation’s capital.
What We Have Learned
It’s a marathon, not a race. Pace yourself.
What We Love
Hands down, we love being able to educate customers. Many people do not know anything about coffee and its origins. Being able to explain the process to customers from seed to cup and then watching them enjoy their first cup of quality coffee is something that our entire staff really enjoys. At Vigilante Coffee our motto is “Making People’s Day.” Our staff prides itself on being able to make decisions that will ultimately Make People’s Day.
What Is Next For Us
Vigilante Coffee has just opened its first full scale roasting/production/training facility in Hyattsville, MD. This space houses all wholesale production roasting, packaging and training as well as a small coffee bar component. Our flagship café, Maketto, is set to open Fall 2014 in conjunction with local chef Erik Bruner-Yang of Toki Underground, Durkl clothing, and Frenchies Bakery. The vibe of this space will be a communal marketplace and lifestyle brand located on H St. NE combining retail, restaurant, bakery, and café with onsite roasting.
Washington Post Article: How Vigilante Coffee Roast the Perfect Bean
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Slow Food Award; Snail of Approval
Best Pop Up Store 2013; Washington City Paper