We began our coffee business in 2004 after meeting some Nicaraguan coffee farmers. I had a strange thought that if we could get some of these excellent beans to the U.S. and roasted, then we could make some money to pay our teachers on the Rio Coco. My friend Mike Remedios introduced us to Larry Larson, of Larry's Beans in Raleigh N.C., who helped us begin importing Nicaraguan coffee in 2005. We purchased our own roaster in 2008- a Diedrich IR-12 that is yellow with a racing stripe.
We opened our first cafe on the western Caribbean island of Utila, just off the north coast of Honduras in the summer of 2011 and then our first cafe in Vero Beach Florida the following Decemner.
At first it was just the Bagby Family- Laura the chief, Moselle the service manager, Arielle the baker, with Lukas and Mikaela roasting coffee and serving drinks. I was and still am the dishwasher, maintenance man, coffee roaster, and interior decorator.
From this humble start we have grown and added many quality people to our team. We are fortunate to have an exceptional group of chefs, baristas, coffee roasters, bakers, and dishwashers who serve you here at the Rio Coco Café in Vero Beach and Utila Honduras..
Not only are they talented in their work, but many are scholars, teachers, athletes, pilots, artists, and good friends. We enjoy our work, and the community we have with you.
Coffee Roaster Cameron, David, Josiah, and Moselle
The Chief, Naomi, Lukas, and Lazzie
Executive Chef Laura & Bakery Chef Arielle
Lukas and Josiah
Bakery Chef Arielle
Head Barista (since the age of 11) Moselle
Ryan, Josiah, Tom, Nutie, Rachel, Morgan, Reagan, Moselle, Chris, Courtney, Mikaela, Laura & Arielle
The Chief & Native American Rachel
Morgan, Jasper, Laura & Mikaela
Naomi and the perfect cappuccino!
From opposite side of the globe: Jane & Vered
Longest serving Cafe Team: Mikaela & Lukas
The other longest serving team members: Moselle & Arielle (11 & 13)
Bagging coffee in the Roasting Room: Mikaela, Naomi, Rachel, Courtney, Morgan, & Chris
Josiah with the perfect cappuccino!
Artist of the Downtown mural: Tom Keogh & Nutie.
Chris serving another perfect cappuccino
Coffee harvesters Michael & Laura
The Founders of the Rio Coco Cafe Ministry: Lukas, Laura, Michael, Mikaela, Arielle & Moselle