Compassionate Coffee


In the heart of Rochester, NY is a 7-month old coffee shop by the name of Fuego Coffee Roasters. Maybe you have a small coffee shop near you, maybe you don’t. I can guarantee, however, that your relationship with the baristas does not rival that of Fuego’s customers and Tony & Renee Colon.

The Colons dreamt of opening their own coffee shop for years while they both worked in the business. This past August, that dream came true: Fuego Coffee Roasters was officially open for business. Using their savings, knowledge of coffee, and connections with Roberts Enactus (formerly RWC SIFE), the Colons began operating as artisanal coffee roasters.

Tony & Renee believe in the art of coffee, utilizing brewing methods such as the Aeropress, Chemex, and Clever. As ultimate and knowledgable baristas, they have quite the following of loyal customers and newly referred customers on a daily basis. Most days, this makes for a long line of customers and brewing methods that cannot always keep up.

Enter in the Alpha Dominche Steampunk (according to

“The award-winning Alpha Dominche Steampunk 4.1 is a hand crafted next-generation coffee brewer designed for brewing the best single-cup coffees and teas in the world. This versatile machine offers a new way to brew up to four different single-cup coffees and/or teas simultaneously with the most repeatable consistent brew method to date.”

Why is this important? This machine can produce coffee using different brewing methods in a more timely fashion without compromising the integrity of the product. The Colons are fundraising the money needed to purchase this machine through crowdfunding on Indiegogo, which is where you come in. If you’re reading this, chances are you enjoy coffee. Maybe you’re from Rochester. Maybe you know the Colons.

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If you don’t, trust me when I say that I don’t know any other baristas or business owners more deserving of fulfilling this campaign, which launches on March 25th. Every dollar donated is greatly appreciated:

Thank you for reading and thank you in advance for your generosity in helping out these awesome people!

– top image by me, bottom image found on

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