The company’s name is a nod to a coffee growing region in Africa. Seidy explained, “We wanted something related to coffee. Kafi is the way to say coffee for a small tribe in Africa. We added the ex to make it sound futuristic.”
Kafiex Roasters began in the couple’s kitchen.
“The way we started was roasting beans in a pan,” Seidy said. “Then we started traveling, going to different countries and getting beans. Matt started roasting and giving them as Christmas gifts to friends.”
Soon after, the Selivanows turned their hobby into a thriving wholesale business.
“Our passion turned into a business and that’s why we’re here,” Seidy said.
All of Kafiex’s coffee begins with certified organic and fair trade beans. Suppliers include Sustainable Harvest, Terra Negra (Guatemalan only, certified organic, naturally processed), Atlas Coffee and Vancouver’s Cafe Feminino — a coffee bean supplier that supports women farmers throughout the world. A red Cafe Femenino sticker marks every bag of Kafiex’s coffee that includes Cafe Feminino beans.
The Coffee Lab serves espresso drinks (including a Mexican mocha), coffee (prepared in a V60, Chemex, siphon or batch brewed), Maya Tea’s loose leaf tea, golden turmeric latte, matcha latte and Prana chai. In addition, there are pastries (such as conchas, cruffins and pumpkin rolls) from Dos Hermanos in Portland and Donna’s macaroons in seasonal flavors (currently, apple pie and pumpkin).
Pressed Australian sandwiches called jaffles are offered on a rotating menu. On one visit, the jaffles were a green goddess (spinach, avocado, mozzarella and garlic aioli) or prosciutto basil (prosciutto, basil, mozzarella and apricot jam). Another time they were caprese or turkey, fig and bleu cheese. These pressed sandwich triangles are served with plantain chips and pumpkin seeds with smoked paprika and colorful flower buds in purple, yellow and burnt orange sprinkled on the plate.
This year, the second day of Day of the Dead coincides with First Friday in downtown Vancouver (Nov. 2). That night, from 5 to 10 p.m., Kafiex Coffee Lab will be transformed into a Day of the Dead celebration complete with Day of the Dead bread from Dos Hermanos served with coffee and hot chocolate — and decorations that Seidy’s sister is bringing from Mexico City.
Seidy grew up in Mexico City and fondly remembers celebrating this beloved holiday. She explained, “It’s believed that on these two days, the souls of the dead return to mingle and be around everyone again.”
Families of the departed welcome their loved ones back with altars lovingly decorated with bright yellow and red flowers, as well as their favorite food and drink. “It’s about love,” Seidy said, and after talking to her, it’s clear this same emotion flows into everything she does.
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If You Go
• What: Kafiex Roasters – Coffee Lab.
• Where: 720 Esther St., Vancouver.
• Hours: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.
• Contact: kafiex.com