Welcome Colectivo Coffee—Not Alterra Anymore

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We’re excited to pass on some news that our friends in Milwaukee, Wisconsin shared this morning:

Hello to all our Friends and Neighbors-

We want to share some big news with you – we are changing our name to COLECTIVO (co-lec-TEE-vo) COFFEE! Our company is the same; all your favorite people are still here ready to serve you. Our bakery still makes those amazing goodies you crave, and our roasting crew still finds and creates the coffee we’ve become famous for. In reality nothing has changed except the name we call ourselves.

Why are we changing our name? Great question. We were and are committed to growing our organization and creating opportunity for all of us. Making that happen takes resources. In 2010 we were presented with a great opportunity to strengthen our company and ensure we could grow and develop as we wanted, even during a period of economic uncertainty.  We agreed to sell our name – not the company – to the Mars Corporation, retaining full control of our business. After three years of this relationship, we decided it was time for us to move on…thus the name change.

Alterra is a great name, and it is freighted with all the good stuff our organization has done and created over the past 20 years…but it is only a name (great as it is). The heart and soul of our company – the culture and the quality – remain. At the end of the day, our people are what make us great, and all of us are still here.

We value serving all of you and we thank you for all your support over the past 20 years. We hope we’ve earned your faith, and we ask you to extend a bit of that faith and trust us when we say we’re on the right track. Remember, the only thing that has changed is our name! We (Lincoln, Paul, and Ward) remain sole owners of our company and along with the rest of our co-workers are excited for this next chapter!

Hopefully, COLECTIVO will earn a place in your heart next to the name Alterra. We promise we’ll work our hardest to make that happen! Please feel free to reach out and ask us a question, or get the full story at colectivocoffee.com.

VIVA COLECTIVO!

About the Author

Sarah

Sarah Allen is co-founder and editor of Barista Magazine, the international trade magazine for coffee professionals. A passionate advocate for baristas, quality, and the coffee community, Sarah has traveled widely to research stories, interact with readers, and present on a variety of topics affecting specialty coffee. She also loves animals, swimming, ice cream, and living in Portland, Oregon.