Meet our Owner and Roast Master
Our journey into roasting really began over a decade ago when we first dove into the industry as baristas, managers, and trainers. Throughout this time, we both developed a true respect for the craft, often daydreaming (over lattes, of course) about how we might turn our shared love for coffee into a life someday.
Recognizing where his passion was rooted, Kyle began pursuing roasting opportunities wherever he could find them, ultimately advancing his career to roast master positions at both large- and small-scale operations across the country. Thanks to some great mentors at this time, Kyle was encouraged to take the expertise he developed and venture out on his own. With the blessing of loved ones and a few pinky-promises to each other, we moved back home to our beloved Rocky Mountains and set out to make the long-awaited Wander Coffee dream a reality.
After a short time getting our family settled into Colorado, we excitedly opened the doors to our Fort Collins roastery in November of 2016. Starting off with a single online order on our first day in business, we never imagined that just a few years later we would have so many loyal wholesale partners throughout the region and so many amazing customers throughout the country. It’s been a wild ride, and we’re so grateful for every minute of it.
Though much has changed and expanded since our opening day, what guided us then still guides us now: Great flavor and good conscience should never be mutually exclusive. Always keeping this mindset at the forefront, we have learned how to utilize both technological advancements and sustainable practices to not only roast exceptional coffees, but to roast exceptional coffees without social or environmental compromise. Through our commitment to produce beans that are as ethical as they are delicious, we are humbled to now represent some of the most popular coffees in the area.
We never take for granted how fortunate we are to see our decade-old daydream come to fruition—especially with our kids by our side—and we have so many of you to thank for that. Whether you’re a wholesale partner, a casual customer, or a devoted fan—thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all your support. We can’t wait to continue wandering the world of coffee with you for many years to come!
— Kyle and Megan Kmetz
Wander Coffee’s Values
Quality: We are committed to exclusively selling specialty-grade coffee roasted in batches of twenty pounds or less. Using the latest technologies and control methods, we also taste and test our beans daily to establish quality in every cup.
Sustainability: As avid nature lovers ourselves, we are inspired to sustain the earth through all of our actions. From using environmentally conscious equipment to packaging all of our products with biodegradable materials, we are proud to raise the bar in eco-friendly roasting.
Integrity: We believe that all coffee farmers deserve fair compensation for the crops they so artfully raise. By working closely with our importers, we are able to ensure that all payments to our farmers are higher than even the fair-trade standard.
Community: We love how coffee’s common grounds allow people from all walks of life to become cohesive groups. Thrilled to take part in these caffeinated connections, we promise to promote diversity and community in all that we do.