Passion for coffee, human rights converge at Plano’s Coffee del Rey roastery

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In her years spent abroad in Korea, or back at her family’s home in Brazil, Kimberly Marcaccini found that coffee was constant in cultures throughout the world.

After taking over Jan. 1 as the owner of Coffee del Rey, a coffee roastery near the intersection of Park Boulevard and US 75, Marcaccini said she has found that coffee drinkers typically associate the beverage with good memories.

Marcaccini’s passion for coffee is informed, in part, by her interest in human rights, she said.

“[Coffee] is produced in underdeveloped countries, for the most part,” Marcaccini said. “I want to be able to know every single farmer personally.”

And Marcaccini has ties to some of those farmers who pick the cherries that contain the coffee beans—something she said helps her appreciate the work put into each cup of coffee.

“My grandfather was a coffee cherry picker,” Marcaccini said. “He started from the bottom—he didn’t even own a coffee farm, so he was there working in the sun, rain or shine. People don’t realize—to get to this point, there were people … like my grandfather [and]grandmother in the sun, in the rain, in the cold to pick that cherry.”

Marcaccini said she tries to purchase coffee from farms that treat their workers well. One of her recent purchases was from a Rwandan farm run entirely by women, she said.

“Coffee is definitely a male-dominated industry,” Marcaccini said. “I actually purchased some Rwandan coffee, which is 100 percent female-run, which is really hard to find, mainly because usually land is owned by men.”

But Marcaccini’s passion for the coffee does not stop at the farm level—there are subtle flavors in each of Coffee del Rey’s roasts that Marcaccini points out, like cocoa in Central American coffees or citrus in some African coffees.

“I’m obsessed with our Peruvian coffee,” she said.

Bags of beans and drip coffee are available for purchase Monday through Saturday.

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Gavin Pugh
Gavin got his chops as a reporter when he was editor-in-chief of the Baylor Lariat. He graduated with a degree in journalism from Baylor University and has since come on board as the reporter for Community Impact Newspaper's Plano edition. His beat includes transportation, Plano ISD and municipal government.
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