Firebat Coffee’s story goes back to 2013 in El Salvador when Leena and Gustavo were planning a move to Canada and had the desire to start bringing great Salvadoran coffee to Canada. At the time, their friend Rodrigo was heavily involved in the Salvadoran specialty coffee landscape, and so gasoline met fire. A great friendship started that day, and it was a few years later that Firebat Coffee came to be.
In 2016, taking a leap of faith, Gustavo and Leena moved their family to Canada and after a few spins ended up finding a place for the roastery in Oakville.
Now, with 2021 marking Firebat’s 50-year anniversary, the local community has truly become their ‘home’ and their passion extends from sourcing and roasting coffee to building new relationships with every sale.
“We’ve continued roasting delicious coffee at the “Bat Cave” on Speers Rd since 2017, and serving the local coffee community by retailing freshly roasted beans directly from the roastery,” said Gustavo. “Our passion for coffee goes beyond our love for specialty coffee flavor exquisiteness. It is a combination of continuous curiosity about unlocking the flavors that single origin coffees reveal and a definitive commitment on how to source amazing quality coffees authentically and sustainably.”
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