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Home Roasting Hobby Becomes Full-Time Business for Georgia Couple

An Augusta, Ga., couple’s home roasting hobby has turned into a full-fledged business, serving restaurant and grocery clients locally, and coffee lovers nationwide.

Buona Caffe in Augusta, GeorgiaSince being laid of in mid-2011, John Curry, who owns Buona Caffe with his wife, Pat, told the Augusta Chronicle that business has been booming. The business, which features a 750-pound roaster, is even beginning to outgrow its existing space on Augusta’s Central Ave.

“What’s happened in the last six months has been incredible,” he said. Added Pat Curry, “We really just thought we were going to be an Internet company shipping all over the country. That’s how we started out.”

The Currys get coffee beans from Brazil, Nicaragua, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Haiti and Sumatra, and John Curry told the paper he’s planning an upcoming trip to Nicaragua to further a direct trade relationship with farmers there.

For each 12-ounce bag of coffee Buona sells, it gives 50 cents to an organization devoted to improving drinking water quality in developing countries.

“We chose water because water is so important to coffee,” John Curry told the Chronicle. There are people dying all over the world, especially in the poorer countries, some of which are coffee-growing countries, from water-borne illnesses. The amount is staggering.”

Full story: Augusta Chronicle