Through Paul Rush, another Ave Maria alumni, Rolyn and Lorena were introduced to Brad Fassbender, the founder of Guadalupe Roastery. At the time, Brad was purchasing coffee to roast through brokers, but wanted to be in a direct relationship with the farmers growing the beans. Rolyn and Brad began to talk, and in August 2017 Brad mad his first direct purchase of Rolyn’s coffee.
This was a dream come true for Rolyn and Lorena as Brad was able to pay a much better price than the other conventional ways of trading coffee. This also fulfilled Brad’s dream as Guadalupe Roastery was now in direct relationship with its farmers.
In November, Brad and his business partner, Tom, decided to go meet Rolyn and Lorena on their farm in the mountains of Nicaragua. In their time there, the dream of truly doing business differently became even clearer to Brad and Tom. They realized they were not just writing and signing a contract, they were forming business relationships in trust. Rolyn and Lorena’s passion for serving their community left a lasting impact on both Brad and Tom. They knew they wanted to help more, so Brad and Tom decided to purchase Rolyn and Lorena’s entire 2017-2018 crop of 12,000lbs of coffee beans.