Driven Coffee is a small team of artisans from across the Midwest that came together in Minneapolis, Minnesota to share a common passion for specialty coffee. We focus our efforts on responsibly sourcing, craft roasting, and meticulously brewing the best coffees possible to serve our customers across the country.
We roast our coffees on a small batch Probat Roaster that gives us the freedom to manually control all stages of the roasting process to further develop our unique blends and single origins. We maintain strict quality control and cup our coffees endlessly to ensure our customers receive a consistent product that highlights the delicate nuances of each and every bean. In a world that is full of massive commercial coffee companies, we stand apart as a small craft roaster focused on delivering fresh, complex coffees.
At Driven we believe that great coffee can lead to an even greater purpose. To live out this philosophy we donate 5% of profits on all web sales to organizations that advocate positive change in our communities and around the world.
We are Driven. What drives you?
Meet the team behind your amazing coffee.
Founder | CEO
Prior to founding Driven Coffee, Matt worked as the VP of Business Development for an Espresso Services Company where he cultivated relationships with some of the largest coffee companies in the country. In 2013 he decided to bring his passion for business, coffee, and helping others together for the launch of Driven Coffee. When he’s not searching for the perfect cup of coffee, you will likely find him on the links or spending time with family and friends.
Favorite Coffee: The Awakening
Co-Founder | Marketing Director
Dan’s interest in specialty coffee began in 2009 when he was involved with a startup fair trade coffee organization. This pursuit led him to the coffee fields of Central America where he followed the path from hand-picked cherry to state-side café. Dan partnered with Matt in 2014, bringing his entrepreneurial experience and career in marketing to help build Driven Coffee. Dan lives in Chanhassen with his lovely wife, their two crazy boys, and their equally crazy Vizsla pup.
Favorite Coffee: Guatemala Antigua
Erin works as an Account Executive handling sales, customer service and account management. Her love for small business and philanthropy has made Driven Coffee a natural fit. Erin is a devoted mom to her two young boys, who keep her busy with sports and all things Star Wars. She has a passion for capturing moments with her family through photography and running with her husband in various races and on trails near their home.
Favorite Coffee: Costa Rica Tarrazu
After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Courtney spent a year in Costa Rica. She enjoyed harvesting the coffee that grew on her campus as well as the process of getting the beans ready for roasting. She is passionate about many things, coffee being one of them. Courtney also enjoys having good conversation, hiking in the pine trees, and playing music with her friends.
Favorite Coffee: Peru Cenfrocafe Fair Trade
With a passion for social entrepreneurship Merissa has always loved small businesses and helping others. After spending a majority of her career in the financial sector, she was ready to chase her passions in the coffee industry. In her free time, she loves visiting new coffee shops to collect sleeves for her coffee sleeve mural, and is always ready for an adventure. On less daring nights, Merissa loves snuggling her pups while enjoying the fruits of her husband's cooking.
Favorite Coffee: Minneapolis Mud
Having a passion for adventure and language, Michaela spent 2 months in Costa Rica following graduation from Winona State University. While in Costa Rica, she enjoyed exploring and trying all of the local food. With a background in Organizational Communication and Spanish, she has found a home as the Fundraising Specialist here at Driven Coffee. Outside of the office, she enjoys downhill skiing, watching musicals, and baking in her kitchen.
Favorite Coffee: Ethiopia Sidamo
Mandy loves coffee, whether enjoying a solo cup or sharing with friends on an energizing adventure. She enjoys studying the human psyche and different personality types and loves capturing that individuality through portrait photography. In her free time, you’ll find Mandy singing in her car on a long drive, Olympic lifting, dreaming about her next trip to Ireland, or hanging out with her husband and long-haired German Shepherd.
Favorite Coffee: Scandinavian Blend
For Mitch, one simple cup of coffee a few years ago changed everything and began his love for coffee and the coffee world. Being from the area and having just recently finished college, Mitch is thrilled to be a part of a local small business that he feels matches his values and positive outlook so well. In his free time he enjoys spending time with family and friends, hunting and fishing, or taking his pup for a hike.
Favorite Coffee: Guatemala La Dama
The motivation for Driven Coffee stems from a desire to make
a positive impact in the world around us.
Driven Coffee is passionate about making a difference in the world and our Partner Causes and customers are invaluable in achieving this goal. It is our belief that people are excited to donate so we created a platform in which customers can easily contribute to our Partner Causes while getting a great product in return. Coffee is an integral part in the lives of Americans and we believe it is an outstanding vehicle to impact change. We are Driven to make a difference.
Our Partner Causes
Second Harvest Heartland
Second Harvest Heartland is one of the nation’s largest, most efficient and most innovative hunger relief organizations. Second Harvest Heartland provides an average of 75 percent of all food distributed by its food shelf partners, and in 2016, provided more than 80 million meals to nearly 1,000 food shelves, pantries and other partner programs serving 59 counties in Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Second Harvest Heartland leads through innovation, finding efficient, effective solutions to connect the full resources of our community with our hungry neighbors. > Learn More
Feed My Starving Children
Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) is a non-profit Christian organization committed to feeding God’s children hungry in body and spirit. The approach is simple: children and adults hand-pack meals specifically formulated for malnourished children, and FMSC ships the meals to nearly 70 countries around the world. Every day, FMSC produces enough food for 420,000 children. Each of these meals costs less than a quarter to make and 92% of total donations support the food program. > Learn More
Driven Coffee Fundraising Program
Are you looking for new Fundraiser Ideas for your organization? At Driven Coffee we have a deep-rooted desire to help others, and our Fundraising Programs have proven to be a great vehicle to accomplish just that. With our exceptional fresh roasted specialty coffees and gourmet chocolates your group will have a product offering that is sure to please everyone. We have developed a program that is user friendly, making it easy for organizations of all sizes to reach and exceed fundraising goals. > Learn More
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