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About Us


Hello. 

Thank you for visiting! We're the husband and wife team behind The Prolific Bean Coffee & Cacao.  We source the finest coffee and cacao beans direct from the world’s best farms to deliver ethical, sustainable, hand-roasted goodness to customers like you.  We work closely with craftsmen and farmers who practice sustainable farming, drying and roasting techniques that result in the best coffee and cacao beans we've tasted.

And why coffee or cacao, you ask?  To be honest, we didn’t wake up one day and decide to get into the food/beverage business.  We’ve been busy with our day jobs in finance and technology and had no plans to add anymore to our plates. But after living in the Bay Area for five years, working hard to “build a future” and to “get ahead”, we found ourselves burnt out and lonely.  So we started going out and meeting people from the community - at networking events, social clubs and speaker talks, and we were blown away! We discovered a passionate, generous, down-to-earth community of small business owners and entrepreneurs who strongly believe in their products and cause. One thing led to another and the next thing we knew, we were partnering with experts locally and abroad to bring beautiful coffee and cacao beans to the Bay. 

We’re so inspired by the grit, the hustle and the sheer challenge of delivering a physical product from source to customer at the highest level of quality and satisfaction.  It’s been an amazing ride. There’s also something personally satisfying about working in analog after so many years in tech and finance. Farming the earth, harvesting a plant, roasting a bean and serving a delicious cup of joy to a fellow human being has brought us immense happiness :)

We’re really proud of our coffee and cacao beans and we’d love for you to give them a taste and let us know what you think!  

Here’s to the simple luxury of taking a moment to enjoy the little things - like a great cup of coffee :)

With Love,

Denise & Germán

Camping in NorCal

 

Our philosophy

150 years of coffee craftsmanship in every bag.

Our master roaster is a 6th generation coffee farmer and coffee roaster.  We take 150 years of expert craftsmanship and package it in every coffee bag.  

No middlemen. No mystery.

We source our coffee beans direct from the farms. No middlemen, brokers or distributors.  This means we know exactly where the coffee beans have been before they reach your cup.

We pay farmers a 60% premium for our coffee beans.

This allows them to responsibly care for their lands by relieving pressure to over cultivate and over produce. Many of our farmers practice permaculture techniques (where they grow coffee and cacao trees among existing indigenous plants vs. clear cutting) which produce robust and unique flavors not found in large, commercial farms.  

Roasted on order.

We roast our coffee beans in small batches, by hand, on order - in our San Jose (CA) roaster.  We serenade them with classical music (usually Mozart). Our master roaster believes that when coffee beans dance to music, they're happier and taste better :).

What about the monkey?

His name is Johnny.

Johnny grew up with our master coffee roaster on the coffee farms of Ahuachapan, El Salvador.  He loved the ladies and hated car rides (he often got carsick commuting between the city and  the farms). 

Johnny the monkey from Huachapan