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History & Tradition

Caffe Ibis® is a family owned and operated award winning "Green Business" and artisan custom coffee roasting house founded in 1976 by Randy Wirth and Sally Sears. Our focus is on Triple Certified, Organic, Fair Trade, and Smithsonian Shade Grown "Bird-Friendly" coffee from around the world. Our mission is to be "unbeatable on quality and freshness while supporting social justice and environmental stewardship."

East Meets West: The Caffe Ibis® Story

Randy Wirth and Sally SearsRandy Wirth grew up near San Francisco while Sally Sears was raised just outside of New York City. They met in Northern Utah where they both had moved for the outstanding mountain environment and the local university, Utah State. After they married, their desire and passion for quality foods and organic alternatives spawned the opening of Straw Ibis Market and Café in 1976. While specialty coffee was still in its infancy in 1985, Randy and Sally wanted better control over quality. Caffe Ibis® was born.

Randy and Sally also wanted to develop a business ethic that represented a way for them to give back to their community and to make good sustainable business decisions. One of their early mentors from the 1970s—Dr. Allen Stokes, a "birthright Quaker" and internationally recognized wildlife biologist—was a strong human rights activist and environmentalist. Randy and Sally, who were married in Allen and Alice Stokes backyard, were inspired to ask themselves “What would Allen think?” and thus, the "Allen Test" became a guiding principle of Caffe Ibis®. Over these many years, Caffe Ibis® sometimes passes and sometimes fails the "Allen Test." However, Randy and Sally’s awards for the 2009 Cache Chamber "Citizens of the Year" and "Business Persons of the Year" would definitely make Allen happy.

Along with operating an award-winning custom coffee roasting company, Caffe Ibis® also operates an award-winning Gallery Deli with full service espresso bar and weekly live music. Caffe Ibis® is available in hundreds of coffee shops and retail outlets from the Americas to Japan and Europe.

» Read more about Sally Sears and Randy Wirth.