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STRONG COFFEE SERVED HERE. We started as Alterra Coffee in 1993, roasting on the fifth floor of a warehouse in Walker’s Point. We just wanted to make a great cup of coffee and hoped if we did it right, others would want that same great experience. Since then, we have been working hard to constantly improve and grow our business, never losing sight of that original goal – providing a remarkable experience to our customers.

VIVA COLECTIVO! While coffee will always be at the center of things, we continue to explore and refine our craft in many other areas, as well as build lasting relationships with our customers and their daily lives. Our name was inspired by the artful and funky buses used for public transportation across Latin America, “colectivos” (co-lec-TEE-vo), and the iconic part of everyday life they represent for everyday people. We think this symbol is a great match for us and the collective experience we share through the products we make, the places we build, the communities we support, and the customers we serve.

EVERYBODY ON THE BUS. We have never been more committed to improving our craft, building sustainable relationships with our community, and growing the company we spent more than 20 years building. We hope you continue to come along for the ride, support us when we do well, and remind us when we can improve.


Lincoln, Paul, Ward, and all of us at COLECTIVO COFFEE

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