About Us

Our Story

For over a decade, EcoCafe has been providing Waterloo Region with countless varieties of globally sourced certified Organic, Fair Trade, Direct Trade and Rainforest Alliance coffee beans. Sold and freshly roasted at our headquarters in St. Jacobs as well as offered at many specialty retail shops, EcoCafe is proud to offer a truly different approach to the way you drink your average cup of joe.

The Evolution of an Idea

Edward and his team are true entrepreneurs - combining their passions for coffee, the environment, and the relationships it forms. 

It all started after spending time living in Colombia, where Edward began learning the art of coffee growing, roasting and brewing. He learned about the idea of coffee as a lifestyle and a relationship builder, connecting him to his Colombian heritage. He honed his skills and upon returning to Kitchener-Waterloo, he discovered that the city was ready for fresh, high-quality, locally roasted coffee, and soon opened his first location in the city...

"As we began to delve into the roasting and production, it then became apparent that coffee was simply our medium, but that our business was about people and about relationships. I have always loved to converse, communicate and learn, what better way to do so than through others over coffee?

We want to excel in providing the best coffee to our community, of educating what the industry is about, where coffee comes from, how it is grown, milled, transported and processed. We want to educate others in the best processes which create the best end result and create satisfaction for those interested in something better than the norm."

-Edward Denyer

EcoCafe: Coffee Beans from Around the Globe

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Meet Edward: Where Coffee is a Lifestyle

 

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It all started as just an average relationship, one steaming cup of coffee and one inquisitive Colombian man. Many years ago, after living in Colombia, Edward learned about the history of coffee and how it shaped his culture and heritage.

Always curious by nature, Edward realized there was more to the rich, bold flavor of the beans. While buzzing with adrenaline, Edward knew that coffee needed to be cared for and properly harvested to preserve its most authentic flavor. So, he set out on a mission and delivered on his passion.

From that moment forward, EcoCafe became a platform for coffee enthusiasts to enjoy the finest selection of quality, organic, fair-trade, and sustainable coffee. A rather hefty goal, but one that’s been tried, tested and tasted.

Enough talking. Let’s drink.

 

Meet Dan: Our Roasting Guru

 

  

Dan was trained in the nuance of coffee taste by his father at an early age. He has since consumed countless varieties of coffee, cataloging each and every one along the way. By commencing at such an early age, he has been able to perfect his palate and can now roast any coffee to its optimal profile using his vast experience and sensory optimized palate. His motto is "start young so you can reach that professional expertise based on pure sensory memory"

 

Meet Miki: Our Cafe Guru

 

 

 

The cafe runs thanks to this crazy Hungarian authoritarian who rules with an iron fist. He may come off a bit mean and grumpy, but underneath that facade is a mean and grumpy Hungarian! He works tirelessly to keep the cafe humming along like a well oiled machine, so you will always find him there, day and night, cleaning, fixing or organizing and thanks to that we can showcase our beautiful location.

His dedication to our cafe is no less when it comes to your drinks...every staff member has to follow his exact recipes and methods, thus guaranteeing an excellence in both cup and service. So next time you are in, please thank him for his efforts....that is if you are not afraid!

 

Meet the Twins: Our Sensei Leaders

 

  

Always available, always assisting, always driving us forward and at the same time making sure we are calm, on track, sensible and having fun. These guys have been the greatest hidden asset we have and deserve tons of credit for all they do!