The Full Story
Who we are
Populus Coffee was born in 2016 in Neukölln, Berlin.
But the project started years before in Helsinki, Finland.
Populus Coffee is a family business founded by Sari and Henrik Haavisto. Originally from Finland, coffee is a part of our DNA. We grew up with filter coffee all around us.
In 2014, Henrik's background in journalism took him on a trip to Guatemala and Honduras and it turned out to be a life-changing one. Henrik got to experience the true beauty of specialty coffee: the relationship between people who share the same passion and work together for a common goal. From that trip, Populus Coffee also got its first and most long-lasting partnerships, as well as our name, which means people. To us, these relationships are the most important part of our work.
We source our coffee mostly directly from our producing partners or through highly trusted sourcing partners who share the same values as us. Our coffees come from some of the best producers in the world from over ten origins. We maintain high quality and transparency criteria for all the coffee we roast and the partners we work with. Great coffee is made in the origin. Our job is to find the best beans and bring out their flavors by roasting. We visit the origins as often as we can and do at least two trips a year.
We believe in honesty, openness, and great coffee. We stay in contact with our partners through the year and maintain an open and honest dialog about any issues,