Local Coffee Farmers Acquire Mainland Coffee Business
Paradise Coffee Roasters was recently acquired by Big Island coffee farmers, including the company’s original founder, Miguel Meza.
The company was previously run out of Ramsey, Minn. and became known for its boutique direct-to-consumer sales model.
Meza and his family began the roasting business in 2002, but sold the mainland company and moved to Hawai’i in 2009. Now, just seven years later, Meza has regained control of the business alongside other coffee farmers on the Big Island.
“I’m excited to return to my roots and have a forum for showcasing these excellent coffees grown by the producers I’ve developed relationships with over the years,” said Meza.
Kelleigh Stewart and Brandon von Damitz, who jointly operate Puna coffee farm Big Island Coffee Roasters, are partnering with Meza in the acquisition.
All three partners have received awards for contributions to the Hawai’i coffee industry, including a coveted spot in CoffeeReview.com’s Top 30, and Coffee of the Year recognition from the Hawai’i Coffee Association’s Statewide Cupping Competition and the Specialty Coffee Association of America.
“The company’s original coffee roaster and whole Paradise team will continue to build on a decade-plus of outstanding quality,” said von Damitz. “Most importantly, we’ll be enriching the way Paradise Coffee Roasters connects coffee enthusiasts with coffee origins on an intimate level.”