Cafe del Mundo (Now Black Cup, Cafe Del Mundo) began in 1975 in Anchorage, Alaska by founder Perry Merkel. Perry was inspired to bring specialty coffee to the last frontier after his travels through Central America exploring coffee farms. Perry began humbly roasting specialty coffee on a small air roaster in a shed behind his home in the midtown neighborhood of Spenard. Quickly he built relationships with restaurants, grocery stores, and home coffee enthusiasts throughout the state. Once Alaska got a taste for fresh roasted coffee, business exploded. Cafe Del Mundo eventually opened multiple cafe locations throughout Anchorage. In 2011 Perry Merkel retired and sold his business to his friends Brad Bigelow and Tim Gravel of Kaladi Brothers Coffee. Coffee tastes were evolving and it was time to make some brand updates. The idea for Black Cup, Cafe Del Mundo – Extraordinary Coffee Best Served Black was born. Black Cup’s emphasis is on farm to cup transparency, roasting to promote origin characteristics, coffee education, and delivering the world’s finest coffees to Alaskans.