Our Story



Laying the groundwork to bring you the best yet to come...

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2018 - College Park Cafe

We converted an old liquor store into the University of Maryland’s first specialty coffee shop


Daily Coffee News Article

2017 - US Roaster Championship Top 5

Vigilante Coffee takes 5th place at the United States Roaster Championship in Seattle, Washington


Hyattsville Life Article

2016 - Hyattsville Raises the Bar

The Roastery is upgraded with a brand new coffee bar.  The crew & the neighborhood are stoked!


Washington Post Article

2015 - Growing the Roastery

The Roastery begins to host collaborative coffee events and offering classes on specialty coffee to the public. Franklin Ventura becomes the head roaster.


Washington Post Article

2014 - Moving into the Roastery

Vigilante Coffee establishes first permanent Roastery & Cafe in Hyattsville, MD


Washington Post Article

2013 - Hogo, DC

Vigilante Coffee introduces our 2nd Pop Up to the city of Washington D.C. This Pop Up runs for over a year.


WTOP Article

2012 - Mr Yogato, DC

Our first Pop Up inside a Yogurt shop. This Pop Up runs for 6 months

City Paper Article

2011 - Basement Days, DC

Our first roasting facility was a 250 sq ft basement.  We roasted from here for 2 years.  Putting in our 10,000 hours of practice and honing our craft


Washington Post Article

2010 - Farmer’s Markets, DC

Vigilante Coffee launches at local farmers Markets throughout the DMV.  The Eastern Market, DC’s oldest farmers market, serves as our main market, where we still operate on a Sunday’s to this day.

2008 - The Origin, Hawaii

Picking cherries on the Big Island: Chris works with local coffee farmers in Hawaii, seed to cup

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