Founded by Brazilian expat, Augusto Carneiro, who grew up in Rio de Janeiro but spent his youth among family coffee farms established in the 1890s in Brazil's Sul de Minas and Mogiana region. He moved to Portland in the 1990s to go to university and eventually became frustrated with his choice of an engineering career - and unable to shake the six generations of his coffee family. So he began importing Brazilian coffee in 2004, practicing direct trade and sustainable practices at a family farm level.
The business relationships they developed grew to include this roasting facility in 2012 (with help from a Kickstarter campaign) and the adjacent espresso bar in 2013.
Instead of exclusively light, fruity roasts that are in vogue these days - which they feel can run to sour for customers - they also offer medium roasts and even some darker options with more chocolate notes.
Rob Hoos, their head roaster, is also famous for penning the 64-page "Modulating the Flavor Profile of Coffee: One Roaster's Manifesto" in 2015.
While the business started with their Brazilian family farm roots, they've expanded into other sourcing locations. They currently feature their signature Full Cycle blend, a series of family name blends (e.g., Ernesto's, Augusta's, Teodoro's, etc.), and single-origin microlot coffees from Ethiopia, Rwanda, Guatemala, and Nicaragua.