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Sakona Coffee Roasters

San Sebastian, northern Spain, is known as one of the world’s most renowned gastronomic hotspots. Around 20 kilometers to the east, Sakona Coffee Roasters – a roastery that includes a retail and indoor-eating space – took its first breath in 2015 in the city of Irun, along the border with France. Its founder Javier Garcia Funez, a native of Irun, has a stellar resume of accomplishments, including five top prizes in national barista competitions and a fourth-place finish in the 2011 world championship. Javier says that specialty coffee was the last piece of a puzzle. Through our interviews, we set out to find out what he meant by those words and retrace the trajectory of his career that began as a bartender. Joy of discovery Pieces of architecture can leave an unforgettable impression on the beholder just at first glance. A cylindrical building that houses Sakona Coffee Roasters surely counts among them. The structure, formerly a car dealer at one point and a fruit warehouse at another, covers around 300 square meters. Since no other building stands in its vicinity, its presence has come to be widely recognized by locals. Javier, a man with rich facial expressions and a lot of body language, bought this peculiar building and opened his own shop there. The taste of Javier, who is joyful enough to be a Santa Claus and entertaining enough to be a street performer, is also reflected in the packaging of coffee beans he sells. Sakonita, an aquatic animal-like character drawn next to the logo, is an imaginary creature produced by a local illustrator. Sakonita is a traveler on the hunt for coffee. It carries...

Sakona Coffee Roasters

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