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Meet Our Staff

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 began serving coffee at the Vero Beach Farmers Market in 2008, and continued for the next 6 years each Saturday morning.

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 December.

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.


The Founders of the Rio Coco Cafe: Lukas, Arielle, Michael, Laura, Moselle, & Mikaela


Our beginnings: Farmers Market Humiston Park Vero Beach 2008


Arielle, Laura, Lukas, Moselle, & Mikaela


Lukas & Mikaela brewing coffee at the Farmers Market


Arielle & Moselle serving coffee at the Farmers Market


Lukas making avocado Toast


Lukas, Claire, Micah & Naomi




Jennifer, Sam, Sandra,, Bianca, Moselle, and MaKayla


Coffee Rosters Michael, Lorinda, Mikaela, and Lukas

Executive Chef Laura & Bakery Chef Arielle


Lorinda, Makayla and Samantha prepare delicious food.


Jaime keeps all our computers and networks running.


Rio Coco Cafe receives the "Making A Difference" award
from the Vero Beach Main Street Association.
Our Rio Coco Community came out for the Memorial Day 5K Race to raise money for our school project.
First Place Finishers in Women's and Men's Divisions
Celebrating St Patrick's Day with green shakes at Micky D's.



The Chief


Bakery Chef Arielle

Head Barista (since the age of 11) Moselle



Morgan, Jasper, Laura & Mikaela


Longest serving Cafe Team: Mikaela & Lukas

The other longest serving team members: Moselle & Arielle (11 & 13)


Artist of the Downtown mural and Rio Coco Cafe Utila Cafe Managers: Tom & Nutie Keogh.


Green Coffee buyers:  Michael & Laura

The Founders of the Rio Coco Cafe Ministry: Lukas, Laura, Michael, Mikaela, Arielle & Moselle


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