Forte Legato coffee

Awaken the senses

Nicholas Penaloza

Our Founder: Nick Penazola

Our Story

After many late nights, working global shifts and grinding towards that MBA, Nick Penaloza consumed copious amounts of coffee. Ask his wife, Caitlin, about his trip to the doctor for a crazy headache after forgetting how many shots of espresso and pots of coffee he had the night before. Even after drinking all this coffee, he managed to complain about the bitter and burned flavors to the point Caitlin was fed up, telling him to do something about it.

After his first home roasted batch of coffee, Nick felt that his first cup of coffee was music to his ears, and that was the inception. Forte Legato Coffee was conceptually inspired by having a strong cup of coffee (forte Italian, literally “strong, loud”, from Latin fortis), yet somehow smooth (legato Italian, in a smooth flowing manner, without breaks between notes). Nick found his passion and answer that coffee a day or two after roasting was amazingly fresh while also finding amazing profile flavors without that under-roasted sourness or over-roasted bitterness.

We’ve continued to grow with many new customers who are more than satisfied with the service, commitment and integrity of Forte Legato Coffee. Not only is this done through a quality roasting program with transparency from seed to cup, but it was also building connections to the community while showcasing relationships with people who are great at what they do.

Our growth is attributed to relationships with those who serve our coffee, those purchase our coffee online, those who come to our cafe, and the friends and ambassadors we’ve grown with along the way. We did not nor could not do this on our own. We are proud to identify ourselves as a Christian company with a mission of glorifying God through providing quality coffee, which is also why we never open on Sundays. We give our team, machines, and families a break from the everyday grind:  Celebrate the Famer, Enjoy the Cup, Glorify God.

What Our Customers Say

I used to drink coffee only occasionally as a basic means to get caffeine. Once Nick joined our church and brought coffee for the first time, I realized that coffee could actually ‘taste good’ and I fell in love.”

Ryan Waldroop

“We tried the coffee this morning and LOVED it! It has a very nice flavor with ZERO bitterness which is awesome! I really like how it wasn’t too strong for a medium blend and wasn’t too bland either. It’s like getting a steak that has the perfect amount of pink in it. I thought it was fabulous and would definitely order more.”

Narissa Sanders

“Your roast smells fresh and amazing, both from the bag and during the brew. It tastes full and smooth and sweet, like a good birthday coffee should. I’d like to purchase something different when I run out. Some Sumatra, I think.”

Betsy Shober

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