The Cup to Cup Story

What is Cup to Cup? Cup to Cup is you and me, or you and your friend sitting down and sharing a cup of coffee and in turn, life, with one another.
Coffee is relational. There's something about sitting down and enjoying a good cup of coffee with someone that breaks down barriers and opens the door to friendship. This is important to us. It also reflects our goal to provide you with a great coffee that is consistent, cup to cup.

My name is James Spano, owner and operator of Cup to Cup Coffee Roasters. My first experience in good coffee came from Toomer's Coffee Company in my hometown of Auburn, AL. The Toomers started as a small coffee shop and when they expanded and moved to a larger location, I jumped at the opportunity to work for them. This is where I really got my start in coffee and owe the Toomers tremendous gratitude for the experience.


After college, I went on a year long missions trip called The World Race. During this trip, I had an amazing time meeting new people and sharing my heart with them. I also had the opportunity to experience coffee in Central and South America, Africa, and Asia. I learned about different coffee cultures, different styles in coffee, and different tastes. It was in these places that I experienced the sit down, relaxed coffee atmosphere as opposed to the hurry up and go attitude that is so prevalent in the U.S. The relational, peaceful settings are what I fell in love with and what I want to share with people here at home. After being back home for a few months, I headed back to get the knowledge and training I needed to provide the experience I was looking for. That need brought me to Panajachel, Guatemala where I studied under Mike Roberts from Crossroads Cafe. Mike gave me training in coffee roasting, green bean selection, and guidance in what to look for in coffees. He also gave me wisdom and insight into the relational aspect of the coffee business.


So that brings us to the present, where it's my goal to provide you quality coffee with the relational aspect we all need in life. Peace.