Costa Oro was founded by Arianna Hartstrom in 2002, in Portland Oregon. A determined focus and great deal of enthusiasm brought the energies of her experience living in the coffee producing lands of Costa Rica as an exchange student, home to the Pacific Northwest.
Dedicated green coffee distribution didn’t exist in Portland prior to Costa Oro. Local coffee roaster, Don Dominguez of K&F coffee roasters, told Arianna early on, "Portland is not a large enough market to support a green coffee warehouse." Today, Don & Arianna laugh about this memory.
Not long after that conversation, the first 20 ft container full of green coffee arrived at Costa Oro in November of 2002 and was staged in 500 square foot footprint in a shared warehouse. Many folks throughout the industry mentored Arianna. Whether it was Don Pisano, GCA Warehousing and Traffic committee legend, from American Coffee Corp., teaching her how to format devanning & reconditioning reports, or Sheila Muchmore, of The Annex and a logistical mastermind, taking her through coffee logistics 101-103. The support from these and many more members of the coffee industry provided a solid foundation that helped her build Costa Oro, working towards continuous improvement along the way.
Service is very important to our founder. In the beginning, Arianna met customers in grocery & gas station parking lots, on stormy Portland evenings to transfer 150 lb. jute bags from our vehicles to theirs. Hand delivering samples to customers was also a must!
Our willingness to go the extra mile and dedicating our efforts to the success of the clients we serve has allowed Costa Oro to grow. Today, Costa Oro services both Portland and Seattle market from our two facilities with over 70,000 square ft of 100% specialty green coffee dedicated storage. We achieved this through our highly skilled team of driven, customer focused & solutions-oriented players who have beautifully carried out our dream of providing gold standard service in green coffee warehousing and logistics.
We are here for you, because of you. You may have heard or seen that one a time or two. Because of the successful coffee farms, roasteries, retail, trading houses and transport operations that you have all worked so hard to build, we are all part of one collective dream--part of one Coffee Family.
Let's take care of each other.