Our Story

AN ACCIDENTAL QUEST

Our journey began nearly two decades ago in Ethiopia when our founder Menno – then a trader of organic sesame seeds – stumbled upon a hillside of beautiful coffee trees ripe with red cherries. It was love at first taste. Menno vowed then and there to introduce it back home –  help the farmers he’d befriended to get an organic certification– and make them benefit from their hard work.

 

Back home in Amsterdam, Menno hid away in his garage with a small PROBAT Roaster and experimented with the different ways of roasting his haul of Ethiopian coffee beans. Before long, he was selling small batches of coffee to delighted friends and neighbours. And taking repeat orders. Bocca was born. And thus began a lifelong pursuit of perfection.

BEAN TO CUP

We are the first speciality coffee roaster in the Netherlands to manage the entire bean-to-cup process: from sourcing to roasting and packaging to serving.

We are proud to have a diverse portfolio of businesses in the Netherlands and beyond: espresso bars, restaurants, hotels and offices. And, of course, a loyal following of individual coffee connoisseurs.

ROASTING

There is only one right way to roast coffee. Our roasters know  exactly how to bring the best out of every bean — that ideal ratio of sweetness to acidity — because he or she has been doing this for years. They roast  to bring out the best and full potential of what’s inherent in each particular coffee already. It’s the perfect roast, so our coffees are for espresso and filter. We have our own roastery in Dronten. You are always welcome to visit us but please let us know in advance.

DIRECT TRADE

We buy coffee directly from our growers – and are proud of the relationships we have fostered with them and their families over the years. We are 100% committed to their welfare.

 

 

“Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.” - Anthony Bourdain