We are super passionate about coffee. And we get it: so is everybody, right? What makes us different? Well, we've spent years traveling, cultivating relationships with roasters all over, experiencing the diversity of coffee, and trying to connect the dots to make the world a little smaller.
I’m Caleb. I'm from Raleigh, NC and I love coffee (which doesn’t make me a snob). I’ve spent a majority of the past seven years away from home, working for a charity that rescues children from trafficking and other forms of abuse. It's this massive honor to be a part of something I believe in, and it has afforded me the privilege of seeing the world (87 countries and counting).
Whether it’s after a grueling flight, a long day of bus rides, or a restless night in a crowded hostel, nothing quite resets my heart and mind like the bright, rich smell of freshly ground coffee welcoming me home. The longer you are away, the more you learn to find home in moments instead of addresses. The most consistent home for me is a great cafe, because I’ve found that no matter what corner of the world you end up in, when you stumble on a coffee shop that really cares about the quality of their coffee — and then they discover that you care too — they are so quick to welcome you into their space and invite you into their community.
Those baristas and roasters became my friends, and helping highlight their craft became my joy. I started a website called A Traveler’s Guide to Quality Coffee Around the World to help people sift through the mess on Yelp and Trip Advisor and find genuinely good coffee no matter where they traveled.
I even started bringing beans home from 10-20 roasters at a time and hosting coffee tastings that highlighted different regions of the world. But as I kept traveling, the seed of an idea kept growing, and as it took root, I dreamed about bringing the world of coffee back home to people.
Diversity makes us better, and it makes coffee better too. Your job may not take you all over the globe, but I started Yonder to invite you to expand your world each morning. Together, we will travel the world, one cup of coffee at a time.