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The core of this company will always be tied to the wonderful people involved in its development. We are learning and finding our way in this wide world of specialty coffee.  We are committed to curiosity, integrity, and honesty. And while we love coffee and the science behind it, we value relationships even more.  

The relationships built with our team and with you, our customer. Relationships built through conversation, order prep and pick up, and community events. At the end of the day, it's about the relationship built over a cup of coffee.

So that you can know a little more about us – you’ll find a chronicle of some key moments in Valiant's development since we began in 2014!

 

Fall 2014

In the Fall of 2014, we began to search for a way to start a business in coffee. Erik and Luke almost bought this van. We're glad they didn't, because chances are, we wouldn't have found ourselves roasting instead!

The Diedrich IR-7

What we ended up finding was a brand new (used) Diedrich IR-7 Coffee Roaster! We took a trek down to the bay, loaded it up, and worked our way home (at that time a garage in Newcastle) and began our coffee adventure.

The Newcastle Years

For the first 2 years, we roasted out of a spare garage in Newcastle CA. We'd roast and then barter coffee to friends and family, getting feedback, navigating the start-up phase, and dialing in our craft. This garage was our proving ground and it was a special time for our fledgling business.

That Year in a Barn

As our time in Newcastle drew to a close, we began to look for a place to call home. So naturally we did what any bootstrapped start up would do, we hunted for the cheapest space possible.

We were offered a barn in Loomis. A friend was kind enough to rent us the downstairs of his storage barn as they built out their home. It was a fun and challenging season. But so necessary for us to take the next step in being a legitimate coffee business.

The Wild Chicken Space

Erik met Kayla while behind at the bar at the Wild Chicken Coffee Shop in Loomis (Now home to Loomis Basin Gastro Pub). She came in to buy french roast, and he insisted she get Sumatra instead.

Fast forward to Summer 2018, and we were moving our business into the old Wild Chicken Roastery. We were really humbled to be handed the torch from Erik's old boss, Charlotte. And so began a whole new chapter in our business' development.

Refining Our Craft

Over the next few years we would be going through iterations of change and development in Valiant. Figuring out how the system worked, where it needed work and what this industry is really all about. We began to learn coffee in depth, and learn what it meant to show up in an enormously complex and creative industry.

Navigating 2020

2020 was rough. That was true for just about every person, family, and business. We were no exception. We had to rapidly pivot to maintain sales as nearly all of our wholesale accounts closed down.

This was a hard year, but it helped us to see our need for connecting directly with our customers. It was a lesson well learned, and we made it through because of you!

Rebuilding in 2021

This was our chance to rebuild, recover, and refocus.

We saw so many improvements this year, from a new roaster, to implementing a newly certified Q-Arabica Grader (Erik) and developing some much needed QC protocols. 2021 was a year of much needed growth.

2022 And Beyond

2022 Has opened the door for so many possibilities for our little family-owned and operated roasting company. We've brought in new staff (fall 2021) and we're ambitiously moving toward opening a cafe space in the Heart of Downtown Loomis!

There is so much we want to share and say here, but for now, stay tuned by joining our email list, and see what good things are coming down the line! If you want to follow the progress on our cafe space, stay tuned, updates will be broadcast over social and email.

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