Cafe Cortez Coffee Company started as the dream of changing my life and the world of coffee. It succeeded when I fell in love with the craft of roasting. All this became a reality in the mid-nineties, when I purchased my first coffee roaster. I started what has become a life-long journey of learning the truth about coffee in all aspects.
A long time has passed since I felt the cold mornings and dripping of coffee cherry juices through my fingers during the arduous task of picking coffee in my native Costa Rica. Now I have the opportunity to change the coffee farm worker history of my ancestors into a future for myself and perhaps my own children. What a great adventure it has been to go from a three generation coffee company to perhaps a fourth.
Since the beginning, we have learned and evolved along with each of our documented hand roasted coffees. We have earned the right to say we are more than a coffee roasting company. We have become a full coffee academy. We have also grown from a few bags to almost 150 thousand pounds of coffee per year.
Our core values come from the belief, that every single day, we should become better coffee professionals. In order to satisfy people who are truly looking for amazing coffee, we joined forces with them.
It was only natural for us to eventually become involved in importing unique and exotic coffees. In this way, we aid our customers in the search for our allied farms around the world. We are founders and members of the More than Fair coffee coalition, a movement which directly connects these customers with only the most quality coffee estates.
For those of you that don’t know Ronald Cortez (also known as Ron), he was born in the heartland of the coffee growing region, Costa Rica. Throughout his life he has developed an attraction to all things coffee. Being the son of a plantation worker, who was also the son of a plantation worker, gave Ron Cortez the absolute inside scoop on the coffee industry.
We say with confidence, through our coffee, we truly bring the lush tropical rain-forests to our beloved Arizona desert.
Ron was practically born in a coffee field and for the past thirty years he as been involved in the coffee industry in every aspect. The last fifteen years he has dedicated to running a highly successful coffee roasting company.
Not only is Ron importing and roasting green coffee, he has also became a pillar of the Metro Phoenix Coffee House Culture. As mentor and educator in all-things-coffee, Ron Cortez teaches about green beans, roasting, brewing methods and how to go about cupping coffee.
After all, life is too short and there is no time for secrets. In the Entrepreneurial spirit, Ron Cortez is not holding back and is always willing to share with anybody who is interested in Coffee, entrepreneur and consumer a like.