The University of Maryland announced today that Vigilante Coffee Company, LLC will open its second café later this year in College Park at a now-vacant space located at 8200 Baltimore Avenue, adjacent to campus and the University View and The Varsity apartments.
Local leaders see Vigilante Coffee Company as a natural fit for the community, as Baltimore Avenue continues to evolve and attract new businesses. And the expanded presence in the area is another step forward in the University of Maryland’s Greater College Park initiative, a $2 billion public-private investment to rapidly revitalize the Baltimore Avenue corridor and academic campus.
Vigilante Coffee has pioneered specialty coffee in the Washington, D.C. area, specializing in award-winning single origin coffee and coffee education. The company is adamant about the ethical and sustainable approach in specialty coffee and seek to bridge the gap between their customers and producers. Education is the nucleus of their business—an area where they plan to continue to grow. They believe in giving back to the communities they are a part of and supporting the farming communities that make their coffees possible.
Vigilante Coffee Company’s founder, Chris Vigilante, began his career in the coffee industry in the Hawaiian Islands in 2008 where he learned about specialty coffee from the farm to the cup. Starting in 2012—when Vigilante returned to D.C.—he began roasting coffee to sell at pop-up coffee shops at farmers markets all over D.C., Virginia and Maryland as the Vigilante Coffee Company. That same year, Vigilante Coffee Company made the decision to source their coffees directly and traveled to Colombia. Today, they travel the world purchasing their coffees directly from small farms.
Eric Olson, the Partnership’s executive director was quoted as saying: “The collaboration between the City of College Park and the University of Maryland — and investments being made by both — means bringing incredible businesses like Vigilante Coffee Company to the area is just the beginning.”
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