How it Started

How it Started

Caribe coffee is a family run business started  by Wilmer Carcamo through a love a quality coffee and a vision to improve the quality of coffee that we drink both in our home and in independent coffee shops. 

Caribe coffee exclusively offers specialty single origin beans.

Wilmer was born in Honduras, a beautiful but poor and politically unstable country. His childhood was that of hunger and hand me downs and his first job was at 9 years old carrying concrete after school. He was the second oldest child of a single parent family and looked after his younger sisters when not at school. He always had a drive to seek out a better life and worked hard with his studies despite pressure to leave and work full time and he stayed away from the easy money that gang crime offered.

When he was 20 years old he had worked enough to pay off his mum's mortgage and decided it was time to travel. He moved to the Cayman Islands where he started work as a night shift shelf stacker in a supermarket. His hard work and happy demeanour was soon recognised and at 23 he was enrolled onto the management programme. He became the youngest and fastest rising store manager and was recognised as instrumental in the development of service strategies and staff development across the stores. 

In 2014 Wilmer met his future wife Elle, an ex pat who had travelled to the Cayman Islands to work after completing her MBA. The two knew immediately it was the real deal and married in 2016 with a wonderful future in what seemed like paradise. 

Sadly life changed after finding out that their son was born with a rare genetic condition that would need life long support and the couple decided to move back to Elle's home county in the UK where they would get the support of her family. After being apart for months through the Visa process Wilmer arrived eager to provide much needed support for his family. Wilmer embraced the cold climate and dark nights of the NE of England but refused to drink the poor quality coffee that he was regularly offered and soon saw an opportunity to start up a new business. Wilmer's strong ties to Honduras and love of single origin quality coffee, combined with an entrepreneurial drive and Ellie's business background led the couple to start importing Specialty Coffee direct from the Farm Cooperatives. Although only running since March 2018, the coffee has received nothing but positive reviews and the future for Caribe looks bright. 

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  • Jill Robson

    Jul 07, 2020

    Jill Robson

    What Great coffee, a great team. I recently put my order in for coffee and obviously wasn’t paying enough attention, I accidentally selected beans instead of ground… my partner told me there was a problem having a coffee, he couldn’t make it as we had beans. I emailed and apologised for my error, and whilst they couldn’t take back my mistake they are giving me some ground coffee to keep us going free of charge. Customer Service second to none. My go to coffee since finding them at Morpeth market. Great job Caribe Coffee Co.

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