This is the story of how a fuzzy idea born while living in a fishing village along the Pacific Coast of Nicaragua turned into Good Trip Coffee.
In short: when you shed expectations and start thinking of life– and business– as a journey, a world of opportunity opens up and cool things start to happen.
Meet Angela and Andrew, founders of Good Trip Coffee.
A husband-wife team, we decided to leave our past careers to take a chance on paving a new path.
Angela’s background is in product innovation. Andrew is an engineer. After an extended trip through Nicaragua where we began tinkering with roasting coffee stove-top, we became hooked on starting a coffee company and creating something positive– and delicious– together.
The trip of a lifetime.
Our story begins on the road. In 2015, we packed-up our life and set out to travel on a shoestring and write a new chapter, free of expectations.
Over the course of nine months, we travelled through Africa and Europe, and lived along the Pacific coast of Nicaragua.
In Nicaragua, we started buying green coffee from local markets, roasting it on the stove, and making cold brew. For two coffee-lovers, it was a dream come true. We played with different roasts and created drinks using simple ingredients. The results were delicious, and ignited an exciting chain of events.
Out of the kitchen and into coffee country.
After months tinkering in our coastal kitchen, we took a trip through Nicaragua’s coffee-producing regions of Esteli, Jinotega, Matagalpa, and Nueva Segovia, meeting with farmers, cooperatives, buyers, and exporters. It was an eye-opening experience that left us captivated.
Equipped with new perspectives and sourcing relationships, we returned to the US and moved to Denver to start a coffee company with a positive mission.
…And back into the kitchen. This time, for real.
Fresh cold brew is delicious, and should be simple, so we decided to make craft cold brews for people to easily make at home. We also created some guiding principles:
- Source from women producers because their coffees are awesome and the impact is significant.
- Simplify the process of making cold brew, without the need for special equipment.
- Create something refreshing, smooth, bitter-free, and jitter-free… Something you’d wanna drink all day, everyday.
- Only use the absolute best organic ingredients we can get our hands on.
- Stay away from the gnarly stuff found in most coffee drinks– chemical flavorings, additives, sugars, and syrups.
- Leave egos and ‘tudes out of the equation.
After dozens of prototypes, recipe iterations, and refinements, we tested our brews with friends and coffee-lovers across the country.
When the results came back, it was clear: we were onto something really good.
Good Trip Coffee sets forth.
On October 11, 2016, Good Trip Coffee Co. was born. Two months later, we opened our website and launched our product line of artisan brews, all featuring original artwork by Denver artists Josh Holland and Shannon Bonatakis. By spring 2017, we were selling at local markets & events. And today, the journey continues. We’re proud of our products, our values, and our commitment to giving talented communities of women coffee producers the market access– and spotlight– they deserve.
Thank you for joining us. We hope you enjoy the ride.
Angela & Andrew
The resilience and dedication of smallholder coffee farmers is incredibly inspiring, yet the human story of coffee remains largely untold. We believe it’s the most important link in the chain from seed to cup. Our hope is to bring you closer to coffee farming communities, to learn about their craft, and to experience the passion that surrounds their coffees.
We’re in good company. Meet our roasting partners:
CREATING A NEW COFFEE EXPERIENCE
All of our Nicaraguan coffees are sourced from Vega Coffee, a thriving startup based out of Esteli, Nicaragua. Vega empowers farmers with tools and training to turn their coffee from commodity to consumer-ready product. As a result, farmers in Nicaragua’s coffee country can earn more income for their coffee and play a key role in shaping a new, more equitable coffee experience.
Vega Coffee is coffee unlike any other: packaged and roasted by the same farmers who grew it and delivered direct to us within days of roasting.
FOR THOSE WHO VALUE CRAFT OVER CONSUMPTION
Corvus Coffee is one of Denver’s premier artisan roasters, with an exceptional eye for rare and fine coffees. With broad roasting expertise and well-established relationships with some of the most talented producers around the world, Corvus gives us access to amazing coffees– like our Rwanda Izuba.
We share Corvus’ deep-rooted values in quality, uncompromising sourcing practices, and down-to-earth collaborative spirit, and are thrilled to be partners.