Filled with a desire for more than a corporate life could offer him, Brad Fassbender, fresh from a finance internship, left it all behind to become a missionary in Honduras. He spent his time serving the poor, particularly the coffee farmers. Seeing how the farmers were being exploited for their hard work, Brad began developing the idea of buying coffee directly from the local coffee growers in an effort to raise their income and quality of life.
Though at the time he didn’t have the funds to start a new business, Brad was forever changed by the poverty and its devastating impact on the people he had come to know and love. He returned to the US and finally, in 2016, with his wife and two kids, Brad started Guadalupe Roastery, a coffee roasting and import cooperative dedicated to sourcing coffee directly from farmers.
Beginning with Rolyn and Lorena Garcia in Nicaragua, Guadalupe Roastery is now actively pursuing direct trade relationships with farmers in Honduras, Uganda, Peru, Colombia and the Congo. Paying around 80 cents more per pound than Fair Trade and forging a new type of relationship with coffee farmers, Guadalupe Roastery looks to empower farmers to support themselves, their families and their communities by viewing them as partners. One day, Brad and his company hope to be partnering with as many coffee growers as they can in order to bring families and communities out of poverty, while offering the highest quality coffee beans from around the world.