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Family Story

At the heart of everything we do is family.

Coffee Is a Family Tradition
The history of our coffee company is a story about family. Brothers José María and Ramón Gaviña began this quest well over a century ago in 1870 when they left their native Basque region of Spain in search of a better life. They settled in the fertile mountains of southern Cuba and planted the seeds of what would become Gaviña Gourmet Coffee.

Our father, Francisco, was born on the family coffee estate, Hacienda Buenos Aires. As a boy, he worked in the fields with his own father, watching and learning the secrets of growing quality coffee. He spent hours upon hours helping sow the seeds and urging the little plants to grow.

Ever since, there have been Gaviñas running our coffee business - from our coffee growing roots in 1870 to our coffee roasting business in Los Angeles founded in 1967. Today, we carry on the dream in our state-of-the-art coffee roasting facility just a few blocks from our original building.

We are Francisco’s sons, Paco, Pedro and José, and his daughter, Leonor Gaviña-Valls. Like our father, we grew up on the plantation and learned about coffee in the fields. Along with our own children, we still personally select beans, cup samples as they arrive and oversee the specialty coffee roasting and production every day. We do all of this so that your customers and guests can be ensured a wonderful cup of coffee every time, from first sip to final drop.