Mission & History Mission & History

Use coffee to create positive human connections, by building and supporting socially responsible business.

Our History

Since our founding in 1996, Portland Roasting Coffee has sourced our coffee directly from farmers while building sustainable relationships with them and the communities they support. For more than 20 years we’ve worked to create lasting connections extending from our local community to our farmers, our customers and partners. These connections are at the heart of our business, and allow us to focus not just on coffee, but on improving both people and planet.

From the beginning we’ve been focused on a commitment to global stewardship. Creating strong and lasting relationships with our global coffee community is a fundamental part of what makes Portland Roasting Coffee who we are. We strive to be a business rooted in relationships, with an eye towards global betterment. 

These long standing relationships have laid a foundation for our many projects at the origin of our coffee and beyond. 

Beginning with our first direct trade shipment from La Hilda Estate in Costa Rica, and our first project in 1999 with Finca El Paternal in Guatemala, it was clear that our customers saw the connection between the coffee farming communities and their morning cup of coffee. Since then, we’ve continued to build on our commitment to improving the lives of the people we work with.