We are a specialty coffee roaster, café, coffee educator and retailer based in Melbourne, Australia and Portland, Oregon USA.
Proud Mary Coffee is dedicated to producing exceptional coffee.
We take great pride in supporting and representing coffee producers and communities. We visit our producers each year, venture to their farms, homes and families. This is a relationship. We discover who they are, what motivates them and how we can support one another. Through this tangible form, we generate a mutual understanding and appreciation. These are the true rock stars of coffee, the story starts with the producer.
Our vision ensures that our direct involvement both financially supports and rewards the quality of coffee. The effect is twofold. This fosters improvements through farms reinvestment and infrastructure into equipment and facilities. Furthermore, this enhances the quality each harvest, contributing to the potential of higher coffee production. Purchasing both small(micro/nano lots) and large scale lots facilitates growth in higher production for producers and their supporting communities and networks.
Founder of Proud Mary, Nolan Hirte is now recognised as a pioneer of the specialty coffee industry in Australia. It was during a trip to Bali in 2006 that Nolan had come face-to-face with local farmers and the harsh realities of coffee production. The trip was a light-bulb moment for him and he committed himself to bridging the gap between farmer and consumer.
Fast forward to 2018 and Proud Mary has evolved to include roasting, wholesale, the Aunty Peg’s black coffee brew bar and the Collingwood Coffee College in Melbourne, as well as Proud Mary Cafe PDX, wholesale and roasting in Portland, Oregon, USA. These are all driven by the determination to see the hard work of coffee farmers recognised.