Mobjack Bay Coffee Roasters

Photo Credit: Chesapeake Bay Program

Mobjack Bay Coffee Roasters

Hayes, Virginia

Membership Type: Gold

Project Summary

Mobjack Bay Coffee Roasters was born in Virginia in 2007 and remains a family business, lovingly cultivated by owners, Celeste and Jo Gucanac. They roast high quality, socially responsible coffees, both source certified organic and conventional, Fair Trade or Rainforest Alliance certified. Celeste and Jo, along with their three children, have spent many days in the tributary waters that feed the Chesapeake Bay and on the Bay itself. Mobjack Bay Coffee Roasters remains focused on living a life that embraces a love for the water, whether fishing with the tides or focusing on other responsibilities. A portion of every coffee bag sold benefits Bay programs. This year, Mobjack Bay Coffee Roasters generously donated to the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay’s September 14, 2017 Taste of the Chesapeake Silent Auction.

Cleaning up the community

Mobjack Bay Coffee Roasters walk the walk; their employees get their hands dirty, donating time and energy to local trash clean-ups, keeping trash out of our waterways. In fact, this initiative is so important to them that they close their shop so that all staff can participate in the local clean-ups. Their employees all maintain rain barrels at their homes that were given to them by their employer; this helps the employees reduce stormwater runoff and save water on their own properties. The Mobjack Bay Coffee Roasters team plans to diversify the groups they partner with on their environmental projects and plant native plants, purchased from a local business, throughout their community.

In their shop, clients who bring their own container receive a discount; saving disposable packaging from the landfill. In addition, the shop only serves coffee and espresso in their washable mugs or customers’ reusable travel mugs. They keep harmful chemicals out of our waterways by using only environmentally-friendly products for maintaining and cleaning their facilities and have plans to create and post educational signs to educate their customers about the importance of protecting the Chesapeake Bay and our local ecosystems. Their coffee roaster is equipped with an afterburner that helps reduce their impact on the environment and their coffee is sold in bags made of recycled materials.

Mobjack Bay Coffee Roasters also recycles everything possible, including their burlap coffee sacks that held their green beans. They are very innovative and make dog beds out of recycled water bottle polyfill and the burlap coffee sacks. They then donate those beds to local animal shelters!

Click here to download the Mobjack Bay Coffee Roasters’ 2017 Gold B4B Member Press Release

Themes Fulfilled

Clean Water
Engaged Communities
Fisheries and Habitats
Other Green Initiatives
Mobjack Bay Coffee Roasters is proud to be a member of Businesses for the Bay and to support the overall mission of the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay. We are a family owned, Socially Responsible, high quality wholesale coffee roasting company proud to call Coastal Virginia home. We founded our company on the idea that not only do we care about the backyards of the plantations we purchase from, but we also care about taking care of our own backyard...the Chesapeake Bay. Following that ideal, we coordinate our own clean up projects, participate in events focusing on Bay clean up and education and we also give a portion of our profits to Bay restoration efforts. You really can make a difference with every cup you drink.


Celeste and Jo Gucanac

For more information about contacting this member, email Corinne Stephens.