Our Story – Spirit Animal Coffee

OUR STORY

We are on a mission to provide more economic stability for coffee growers 

and elevate the profile of Honduran coffee globally. 

A PLATFORM FOR SMALL-SCALE COFFEE GROWERS

Our small-scale producers grow the rarest, best-scoring specialty-grade coffees in the world. But they struggle to find a market that will pay them what their coffee is worth. 


At Spirit Animal, we serve as a platform connecting these skilled growers who use sustainable, environmentally friendly farming practices with customers like you.


OUR REVOLUTIONARY SUPPLY CHAIN

Most coffee is roasted near where it is sold, so the producing country never benefits from those added dollars. 


At Spirit Animal, we roast our coffee locally, package it, and then sell it globally. We share the revenue stream directly with coffee producers and use the proceeds to propagate knowledge about Honduran coffee to the world.

EXPERIENCE THE FULL JOURNEY

Imagine sitting in a cozy café, sipping on your favorite coffee while reading a book. Now imagine that same moment but with an event space attached—the perfect spot for meetings and learning more about the world of sustainable coffee. 


At our Experience Labs, our goal is to provide you not only great coffee – we do that, too – but also give you access into this world through events like cupping labs & coffee tastings where experts teach you how the roast profile, the brewing method, and the cup score affect the final story in your cup.

BECOME PART OF THE VIRTUOUS CYCLE

As part of our family, you help contribute directly towards improving the livelihoods of the coffee growers and their communities. 


By providing an opportunity not only to earn more revenue but also to learn how valuable this crop truly can be.

MEET THE FOUNDERS

KATHYA IRIAS

Born and raised in Honduras, I grew up with a love for the land and all it produces. Digging my feet into the soil and feeling the life it gives, I learned about planting and harvesting as I accompanied my parents. 


But my most important lesson was to serve and respect everyone who works the land, regardless of social status or role. Agronomy was, and continues to be, one of the most demanding and poorly-paid professions in my country. I'll never forget what it was like to sit down with farmers and have a home-grown cup of coffee. We chatted about their living conditions and the challenges they faced when growing coffee on their own land, and about how terribly undervalued café was on the local market. And with each deliciously pure sip, paradoxically nurtured with care and strong against socio-economic odds, I discovered my passion: to share my country’s coffee as inspiration for reciprocity and respect.


Today, twenty years later, I’ve created Spirit Animal coffee to leverage my business background towards improving the lives of small-scale farmers. They are already century-long experts in nurturing coffee’s best essence; now, I hope to share with the world the vitality sipped in these beans, so that it may then be fairly cycled back to the hardworking communities that produce them.  


Why coffee? Because I love both the process and result: an invigorating cup of coffee. But most importantly, because more than 20% of my country’s population makes its living from the coffee industry. That's more than 100,000 families that can improve their quality of life and ensure a more sustainable future.  


Now, Spirit Animal coffee invites you to drink with purpose, while you discover the inspiration of sipping in the moment. Let’s celebrate with a true cup of coffee.

PAUL GROMEK

Seeking a new challenge and the opportunity to create a passion-driven business, I started on a new path. Ever since I can remember, I’ve always appreciated a good cup of coffee; while visiting Honduras, I was amazed and inspired by the quality of their café. 


I spent the next few years travelling all over Latin America around coffee farms, learning about the industry and trying to figure out what makes the perfect cup. I realized that there is a huge potential to share the pure taste of café through specialty coffee -- still mostly unknown in to western market. 


This is when I decided to create a coffee company that delivers only the best and most pure beans. During one of my travels with my friend Kathya, we decided to join forces to deliver high-end specialty coffee at affordable prices.

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