Z Beans Coffee

One Friendship

Z Beans Coffee

One Promise

Z Beans Coffee

One Mission

Our Mission

To empower Ecuadorian farmers through the direct trade of coffee.

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We are pioneering the trade of coffee from El Oro, Ecuador, into the United States. We have begun laying the ground work for a cooperative in the region, so farmers can sell their specialty products on a global scale.
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As a student-start up, Shane built the Z Beans brand from scratch. He began our roasting career with a popcorn popper before moving to a chicken rotisserie roaster. Since, we have partnered with Phoenix Coffee Roasters, who have mastered the art of consistency.
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Giving Back

We pay our farmers fair trade prices and offer 40 pounds of organic fertilizer for every 100 pounds of coffee we buy. We are equally committed to our own community in Macon, Georgia, as we have have partnered with our local Daybreak organization to create job opportunities for homeless, vulnerable, or disadvantaged individuals.

The Story

A Mercer On Mission trip during the summer of 2016 spurred an improbable friendship. Shane Buerster, a 20-year-old student at Mercer University, and Arturo Penaretta Romero, a 65-year-old Ecuadorian, set up a complex supply chain, pioneering the trade of coffee from El Oro, Ecuador, to The United States. The initial shipment of 4,000 pounds arrived on August 17, 2017.

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