The Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD) has provided a loan of $350,000 through the Windham County Economic Development Program (WCEDP) to Capy Campman Holdings, LLC and Mocha Joe’s Roasting Co. for the relocation and expansion of Mocha Joe’s in Brattleboro.
The loan has supported the purchase of commercial real estate at 35 Frost Street, previously owned by Cultural Intrigue and used as a warehouse. The new facility will be used for coffee roasting and product storage, with remaining spaces leased out. The purchase of the warehouse enables them to hire more employees, keep inventory close to home, and reduce storage fees. Mocha Joe’s Café will remain on 82 Main Street in downtown Brattleboro. The café employs around a dozen people, and Mocha Joe’s also employs four full-time people, with another 80 people during the coffee season, in its mill in Cameroon, where they have been working directly with farmers since 2009.
“The WCEDP loan was a crucial financial piece in the purchase of the 35 Frost Street property for our new Roasting Facility. We are looking forward to soon occupying our new building which is functional and beautiful and still in the heart of downtown Brattleboro,” says Ellen Capy, co-founder of Mocha Joe’s.
Mocha Joe’s Roasting Co. is a specialty coffee roasting company that was founded in 1996 by Pierre and Ellen Capy and Finn Campman and has since grown to be a staple icon of downtown Brattleboro. It specializes in high quality coffee beans that are certified organic, Fair Trade and Rainforest Alliance. The company is also currently supporting Direct Alternative trade programs in Cameroon, Guatemala and Bolivia. It has over 100 wholesale customers throughout the Northeast.