About Us

FAQs

What's your story?

Bootstrap Coffee Roasters was started by industry veteran Micah Svejda in May 2014 with no partners or employees, a 6-pound roaster, a small production facility and just a handful of wholesale customers lined up.  At the heart of the vision was a focus on sourcing excellent, sustainable and traceable coffees, careful roasting and amazing customer support!  After spending more than a decade in the specialty coffee industry, he wanted to take that accumulated experience and execute a very focused vision of offering excellently-sourced, unique and approachably-roasted coffees. 

In 2013, he quit a good job as GM of a cafe and two days later was driving a roaster back from Iowa in a rental truck.  Not having a place to set up shop yet, he installed the fire-engine red 6-pound roaster in his parents' garage and got to work searching for a space, setting up a website, gaining more technical roasting skills and doing the billions of other tasks necessary to starting out.  Landing a space in the Vandalia Tower in Saint Paul and with just a few committed wholesale customers, he started business in May 2014.  Now with a few more people on the team, the vision remains the same as it was then.  In other words:  to roast coffees that we really like and to humbly offer them to you.

Can I come and see the roastery/pick up coffee?

Our roastery is a production facility and is not open to the public.  As we grow, we are looking at expanding to a larger roastery/coffee bar.  Stay tuned for more details.  In the meantime, we love to show people around and do offer tours by appointment.  Feel free to reach out to hello@bootstrapcoffeeroasters.com!

When do you roast and ship? 

We roast and ship Monday through Thursday.  Orders placed by midnight are roasted and shipped the next day.  Orders placed Thursdays or later are rolled to the next Monday.

How do you ship?

We ship USPS Priority Mail (depending on the size of your order).  Your order typically arrives in 1-3 days.  Wholesale orders are shipped primarily by Fedex Ground (always aiming for the quickest and most affordable option).

Where can I buy Bootstrap near me?

We have a list of retailers here!  Of course, you can always order right from our store and you'll have it in no time!

How do you source your coffee?

Sourcing excellent coffee involves a network of relationships.  We work very closely with importing partners who work closely with producers, cooperatives of producers and others globally to source excellent coffees.  We believe that economic and environmental sustainability are inseparable from quality.  Therefore, we seek coffees that are both of excellent sensory quality AND that are produced and purchased with deep respect for people and planet; our coffees are produced with an eye toward environmental stewardship and producers are paid FAR above market price!  In many cases these coffees also have also third-party certifications.  About half of our coffees (by volume) are both Fair Trade Certified and Certified Organic.

We aim to keep the path from seed to cup short and transparent.  It typically looks like this:

Producer/Cooperative ---->  Importer ---->  Bootstrap ----> You

Great coffee is the result of an incredible amount of passionate hard work at each stage.  We are happy to share the story and the results of this with you!

What's behind the name Bootstrap?

We began, and continue, this venture by bootstrapping (a business term meaning to start with only one's own resources).  This requires a ton of hard work!  This same level of hard work is necessary to produce excellent coffee at every level of the seed-to-cup path (from producer/cooperative to importer to roaster to barista).  So the Bootstrap name is both a reference to the phrase, "pick yourself up by your bootstraps" and is an homage to all the hard work of those who come before us and after us on the path from seed to cup!

  Have more questions?  Drop a line to hello@bootstrapcoffeeroasters.com!