Hello, welcome to Galabean!
Let us start by introducing ourselves, we are Carlos & Jessalyn, a couple of recently engaged late-twenty somethings who live in the heart of Toronto with our rescue dog José.
We started Galabean in 2017 when we took our annual trip to the Galápagos Islands to visit Carlos’ family. This trip was a little different as we went there with the intention of meeting with family coffee farmers and learning about their business. We also were looking for the most delicious beans with Galabean in mind.
Much to Jess’ surprise, Carlos had another intention of his own, as he popped the big question at the top of Bartolome Island!
The trip was a success, we were able to form a partnership with two different farmers, and also meet the people who help run their plantations. Oh, and of course the answer was yes!
The reason we created Galabean is a lot deeper than providing high quality specialty coffee from a unique place, we also wanted to connect people with a place that is very close to our hearts.
The Galápagos Islands is a UNESCO heritage site with some of the most endemic species on earth. Carlos’ dad was one of the first naturalist guides to settle in Galápagos, appearing in discovery documentaries with his name engraved in the Smithsonian museum. His mom and dad met there in the Galápagos and lived with Carlos in a small house made from volcanic rock for the first few years of his life.
With the recent mass production of coffee, we felt the quality has lowered with it’s workers and farmers being significantly underpaid. Our mission is to offer a specialty coffee that has full trace-ability from cup to farm, with the knowledge that all the amazing people behind the beans are paid justly and treated fairly.
Our hope is that you will taste this coffee, and fall in love with not only the beans but the land that they come from.