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14815 Southwest 137th Street
Miami, FL, 33196
United States

(305) 400-2920

San Basilio Cafe is a carefully profiled premium high-altitude 100% Arabica coffee. Since 1923, our family has perfected a brews to please all palates from our bold & smooth, Prima Dark Roast to our mild, Tramonto.
 

Our Story

Nicaragua, July 3rd, 1923 the over 150-acre mountain farm, formally known as “La Risa” or “The Laughter” was purchased and renamed “San Basilio,” after our great grandfather, Basilio. It began operations as one of the only farms in Nicaragua growing 100% premium arabica coffee at an altitude over 3,000 ft. It was then where high altitude coffee was born, and the combination of the premium arabica made San Basilio Cafe a national favorite.

 
El Crucero, Nicaragua

El Crucero, Nicaragua

Nicaragua, July 3rd, 1923 the over 150-acre mountain farm, formally known as “La Risa” or “The Laughter” was purchased and renamed “San Basilio,” after our great grandfather, Basilio. It began operations as one of the only farms in Nicaragua growing 100% premium arabica coffee at an altitude over 3,000 ft. It was then where high altitude coffee was born, and the combination of the premium arabica made San Basilio Cafe a national favorite.

The farm grew and the name San Basilio grew with it, people loved the smooth rich flavor of the bean. Even for non-coffee drinkers the farm became a haven, but as the years passed and the political turmoil, civil war, and economic unrest took hold of the developing nation, San Basilio Cafe was forced to cease operations.

Translation: Ivan, I remember when we were 10 years old, and your dad would take us camping (Jose Enrique, Javier and your nana) to San Basilio with the XII La Salle Troop. I turn 60 next 20th of September - how time flies.

Translation: Ivan, I remember when we were 10 years old, and your dad would take us camping (Jose Enrique, Javier and your nana) to San Basilio with the XII La Salle Troop. I turn 60 next 20th of September - how time flies.

In 2010, in a casual conversation between father and son, (the 3rd and 4th generation of the family) the idea of reviving San Basilio Cafe, and bringing the once loved coffee to the United States, was brought up. It was over the next few years that the family took back the name, called back the original mission of the farm, the profile of the coffee, and the philosophy of fair trade. 

Original purchase agreement from 1923

Original purchase agreement from 1923

Fast forward to 2014 and San Basilio Cafe was born again. Since the original farm still exists but under the forced control of new owners, the new generation of the family partnered directly with growers in the same region that matched the original San Basilio Cafe profile, set up operations in the hub city of Miami, FL, brought back their traditional Italian roasting methods and began roasting again. 

The final testing and tastings were begun early in 2015 and over the summer of that year, launched San Basilio Cafe in the United States. 

With less than one year of renewed operations, we invite you to try your first cup. Come visit us in Miami or order your first taste online.