HOW IT ALL STARTED
I was born and raised in Guatemala City in the 1970’s and still remember a nation in the throes of a bloody civil war. The Guatemalan army massacred entire Mayan towns. An estimated 200,000 people were killed over the course of the 36-year conflict in Guatemala. Upon leaving my native country as a boy and relocating to the United States to live with my grandparents, my grandfather bought me a BMX bike at a Walmart which would eventually ignite my love for road cycling.
Rising through the ranks and remembering my dual nationality, I realized I had a shot at becoming an Olympic athlete and went on to represent Guatemala at the ‘96 Olympic Games in Atlanta as well as various Central American and Pan American Games. During this time, I also earned my way onto and raced - clean - for the US Postal Service team during the Lance Armstrong era. Done with the grueling world of European racing and frustrated by the doping culture that surrounded it, I hung up the bike and retired prematurely to pursue my MBA. At that time, I felt I had already achieved my boyhood dream just by getting to that level of the sport and onto the starting line as an other ‘ordinary person doing extraordinary things’.
It is with that same grit and determination that Volkan Coffee was born with a vision to produce coffee that reflects our mission, our heritage & our active lifestyle while featuring the best coffee in the world from Guatemala and supporting the Mayan farmers and their families that produce it. With my Guatemalan father still living in Guatemala, I travel to Guatemala frequently to work with sustainable farms to get Volkan Coffee directly from its source. Once in San Diego, CA our coffee is fresh-roasted to order in small batch roasting, then delivered directly to your doorstep. Though Guatemala’s civil war is “over”, Volkan Coffee remains committed to supporting the developing country known as ‘The Land of Eternal Spring’ and the beautiful Mayan people that live there one cup of coffee at a time…and we hope you will too!
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