We are Julie and Derek Freidell, the owners/founders of Gracefully Coffee Roasters, Inc.
The dream of opening a coffee roasting facility began in 2002 in Miami Beach. It was then that Derek bought his first coffee roasting machine, the i-roast. He started roasting coffee on his back porch in Miami Beach for his own brewing and for friends and family. It was a favorite morning routine to wake up, roast coffee outside and make his morning espresso.
We met in south beach completely by chance and have been together since!
After marriage, several babies and a few cross-country moves later, we ended up in Maryland (Julie's home state) and decided to turn this hobby into a business.
So, here we are! Gracefully Coffee Roasters, Inc formed in late 2016 and officially launched at our roasting facility in October 2017.