Believe it or not, I, Paul Bonds, founder of BeanFruit Coffee Company, grew up hating coffee.
My first experience with coffee was making instant coffee for my dad as a kid - Taster’s Choice instant coffee to be exact. I grew up in Southern Mississippi where zero coffee culture exists and you bought a can of Folgers if you wanted “the good stuff.” It wasn’t until college that I even picked up a coffee beverage again and it was a milk, sugar, syrup, and sauce drink that featured espresso. I wasn’t in love with it, I just needed to stay awake to study for exams.
In 2008, my interest in coffee sparked after reading an article about specialty coffee, where it came from, and who is affected. I started trying coffees from a couple of local cafes in the area and attended my first cupping at Mississippi Coffee Company in Canton, Mississippi. Mark McKee who was the roaster at the time was very passionate about coffee but even more passionate about sourcing sustainable coffee.
Between his inspiring passion and my first experience of a washed Ethiopia Yirgacheffe at that cupping, I had an epiphany that turned my entire perception of coffee upside down.
BeanFruit Coffee Company is an award-winning coffee roasting company located in the Jackson, Mississippi metro area. Since 2010, we’ve meticulously selected and roasted high-quality coffees from across the globe. We believe that a great cup of coffee is not an accident, it’s a process - one that we spend countless hours perfecting. Our desire is to provide freshly roasted coffee with a focus on single-origin coffees. We want our customers to know what they are drinking and where it came from, which is why we meticulously select the coffee we roast and roast it to perfection to bring out the character of each coffee.
Our passion is people. From the farmers who harvest our beans to the customers who brew their favorite drink every morning, we put everything we have into creating the perfect cup of coffee. We focus primarily on single-origin coffees because want our customers to be aware of what beverage they are drinking, where it came from, and how it affects coffee farmers around the world.