""Coffee is both one of the most ancient and modern of drinks, one of the most global and local of products. Its power to connect us in community transcends the power of its caffeine"-
“Our story started on a Navy destroyer, when we couldn’t stand black coffee and didn’t know the difference between an Aeropress and a French Press. Now we’re on a mission to help everyone discover great coffee, sharing our own experience and journey of discovery. As we work to demystify the world of third-wave and specialty coffee, we believe that ultimately great coffee is the coffee you like, the way you like it. “
SO WHAT HAD HAPPENED WAS…
Project Buna was started by Mike Madrid and Donny Brazeal in 2019, with the mission to make specialty, third-wave coffee more accessible to everyone. We want you to enjoy great coffee when you’re at home and when you’re out, and to that end we produce both locally roasted coffee and online content for education and community growth. As we work to continue the ongoing demystification of the specialty world, we believe that ultimately great coffee is the coffee you like, the way you like it.
OUR ORIGIN STORY
Mike and Donny became friends while serving together overseas onboard a US Navy destroyer. Along with like-minded members of the crew, they formed a “coffee buyers club” where each member ordered coffee from 2-3 top-ranked roasters. The members shared this coffee together so that everyone had the opportunity to try upwards of 50 different roasters from across the country. The social aspect of the group fostered closer community and connection, while the variety and quality of the coffee ignited our passion for the world’s second-most consumed beverage.
“Buna” is an English translation for the word “coffee” in the Semitic language Amharic, the official language of Ethiopia. We chose this word and its characters as our name and logo in order to reflect the ancient roots of this drink, while simultaneously looking ahead to coffee’s future throughout the world. Coffee is both one of the most ancient and modern of drinks, one of the most global and local of products. Its power to connect us in community transcends the power of its caffeine (though seriously… we do need caffeine).