Cortez Coffee has been a leader in the coffee service industry for more than 15 years.


Ron Cortez – President

Ron is the founder of Cortez Coffee and More Than Fair, a direct trade coalition that connects quality coffee growers, farmers and consumers. Ron has perfected the art of coffee roasting, brewing, and cultivating after learning from his father and grandfather in their native Costa Rica.

Kevin Briggs – Manager

Mr. Briggs joined the Cortez team after many years of working in the technology industry as a semiconductor technician in California. Since 2001, Kevin has been running the operations in our headquarters as well as coding our current roasting software and conducting coffee research.

Daniel Contreras – Roastmaster

Danny began at Cortez Coffee when we were located behind a small auto parts store in Phoenix in 1995. Since then, Danny has become an accomplished Roastmaster and an awesome espresso/coffee brewing specialist. He is responsible for roasting over 120,000 pounds of coffee per year.

Patrick Celaya – Barista/Photographer

Following Ron’s passion for Coffee, Patrick (Ron’s son) has grown into the Cortez team and has become a coffee enthusiast. He is responsible for broadcasting the story of coffee through photography and social media. He is also the head barista of Cortez and trains customers on how they can brew the perfect cup of coffee anywhere.

Amanda – Junior Roaster

Coffee has always been a part of Amanda’s life in one way or another, from early memories of drinking coffee with her grandma to being behind an espresso machine as a barista or more recently, walking up a step ladder loading green coffee beans into a roaster and cupping like there is no tomorrow. In this constantly changing coffee business I am proud to say I am learning, and helping others to create the best blend or single roast of coffee you could imagine.