History of Coffee

About F. Gaviña & Sons, Inc.

A Coffee Roasting Company on a Mission

The Gaviña family’s coffee story began in 1870 in the mountains of Southern Cuba. After our family’s arrival in Los Angeles in 1963, we carried on a tradition of passion for producing gourmet coffee by founding F. Gaviña & Sons, Inc. in 1967. While our focus has shifted over the years from cultivation to coffee roasting and wholesale distribution, the end goal has remained the same: creating fine coffee—and doing it the right way from bean to cup.

“My father said coffee runs through our veins. Perhaps that explains why I think everyone deserves a great cup.”

Leonor Gaviña-Valls, Vice President of Marketing

See Where We Roast Your Coffee

Visit the Gaviña plant in Vernon, California, and you’ll discover our dedication to the quality of our final product. One of the top coffee roasting facilities in the country with over 240,000 square feet, it has the capacity of up to 60 million pounds. Our roasting is our craft, combining sophisticated equipment with the expertise of our Roastmaster, who’s been with us for over a quarter century. It’s this blend of state-of-the art technology and personal attention to detail that creates the ideal cup of coffee.

After Family, Quality Is Our Top Priority

Our entire facility is certified under SQF Food Safety and Quality and is annually audited by an independent 3rd party. We are so committed to our quality we continue to achieve high scores for recertification every year. Our own internal quality controls ensure that the roast color, moisture content, grind, packaging integrity, and oxygen levels meet our stringent specifications. As gourmet coffee suppliers, we know that each step matters. The right equipment and processes set the stage for unmatched quality.

Our Coffee Is Always About People

Along with our Roastmaster, F. Gaviña & Sons, Inc. employs six licensed “Q” graders. These are professional cuppers accredited by the Coffee Quality Institute who ensure that our coffee is worthy of the Gaviña name. As a minority-owned, family-run business, our company provides more than 300 jobs within the Los Angeles area. In addition to this, our importing, packaging, printing and other business activities contribute to the local economy by supporting our suppliers and partners. Our ethical coffee sourcing practices also help improve the lives of local communities in the best coffee growing regions. We do all of this because we want to share our best coffee with our customers. We thank you wholeheartedly for your support in making our company what it is today.

Explore Our Quality Certifications

  • SQF Food Safety and Quality
  • MBE: Minority Business Enterprise
  • Kosher
  • USDA Organic
  • Rainforest Alliance
  • Fair Trade

From Our Family to Yours

Each member of the Gaviña family personally stands behind every bean we sell. We hope you’ll find that our passion makes for a great coffee.