Our Story

Sarasota Coffee Roasters

About Our Founder: Blane Charlot  

We believe in simple good and natural coffee, coffee that’s bold, strong, and dark-without being bitter. We also believe in growing and buying practices that are good for growers, for the planet and for the consumers. 

Blane discovered this passion for Ethiopian coffee since she was little girl.  She was born and raised in Ethiopia. She grew up watching her family performs an elaborate coffee ceremony in their home daily. Smelling the delicious aroma every day inspired her to one day roast her own coffee.  Blane started drinking coffee since very young age. As she drinks coffee more, she found her preference such as whether she likes fuller, or lighter bodied flavors. Then she began to try more coffees from different regions of the world.  Soon after, she began to craft her own blends and flavor of her own coffees which lead to Buna Roaster and our own line of whole bean coffee. 

Ethiopians feel a deep pride for the Arabica coffee shrub, which is indigenous only to Ethiopia and still grows wild in some southern parts of the country. This coffee heritage is celebrated daily in Ethiopia with the distinctive Ethiopian coffee ceremony. Today, Ethiopians and coffee lovers around the world still enjoy these centuries-old micro-roasting traditions with rich, bold and satisfying cups of coffee.

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Small Roast, Huge Flavor

Roasting in small quantities gives us fine-tuned control over the exact type of roast we want to achieve. This ensures fresh-as-possible pours of taste bud-tingling brew instead of bitter-tasting coffee. Our special technique preserves and accentuates the true, bold, and mouth-filling tastes of our coffees.

To perfect our fresh taste, Buna Roaster micro roasts all beans to order.  Now you can enjoy coffee the way it’s supposed to be-small quantity, big quality.