Our Mission


Cocoa Cinnamon, our three brick and mortar shops, located in Durham, NC, are driven by the experience that is amazed by the marvel of cities and the roots of languages, whose blood rushes in the awe of landscapes, the wonder of travel and the history, colors, textures, and stories of coffee, chocolate, and tea. We make drinks after these histories and after the characters that inspire us, those who remind us of the beauty and possibility of humanity. 

Little Waves Coffee Roasters is an impact-driven group of thinkers, dreamers, and doers who delight in the enduring power of coffee as a shared experience. By making small, determined reverberations through sourcing, roasting, and brewing, we add our open-hearted energy to the tides that unconceal and uphold the beauty of coffee and life. Little Waves is the Coffee forward arm of our company, located at our Lakewood location in Durham, NC, shipping coffee worldwide!

We are small and independently owned and operated, quality, service, and heart-driven, Latina co-owned, women-forward, and our team is comprised of people of different cultures, genders, languages, faiths, and beliefs. ⁠

With every decision we make, we work to honor people, places, cultures, and histories. We integrate personal narratives into our spaces and offerings in an effort to help our guests and clients feel more connected to us on a human level. We name our roasts and drinks after places that inspire wonder, have cultural significance, and after people and places that we love. Every act is an invitation to connect, and we are fueled by the joy we get from cultivating health and wonder with the world around us. 


We strive for sustainability in everything we do from relationship to energy usage. Our Loring S15 Falcon roaster has an 80% reduction in energy usage compared to traditional roasters. Our retail coffee bags are 60% compostable. We divert coffee bi-product chaff to be used in local community gardens. Our roastery & cafes diverted approximately 52,172 lbs of compost in 2019.

Little Waves Coffee Roasters is the roasting and wholesale arm accompanying Cocoa Cinnamon, in Durham, NC. Little Waves is a Latina co-owned and women forward business. We relationship source and micro-roast select coffees from around the world. We roast on a Loring S15 Falcon at our location in the Lakewood neighborhood in Durham, NC.

Cocoa Cinnamon is a place for people to enjoy carefully crafted drinks and locally made desserts in a comfortable and engaging Durham setting. Cocoa Cinnamon is open to all people and strives, through commerce and service, to support a sustainable, democratic and artistic way of being.  

We recruit, sustain and inspire a devoted group of roastery and barista professionals. We aim to be as diverse as our city, knowing that we are indicators of the range of people we hope to invite. Each of our locations and roastery are a unique piece of a puzzle that together make the whole.

Cocoa Cinnamon is about touching, yearning and continually striving to bring wonder to the everyday via carefully chosen and roasted coffees, connecting craft, service and atmosphere via our rotating wonder menus and the layers of art embedded in the designs of our shops. Here's a link to a slide show giving a bit of a feeling of each shop, the roastery and the La Marzocco residency.

Cocoa Cinnamon is driven by the experience that is amazed by the marvel of cities and the roots of languages, whose blood rushes in the awe of landscapes, the wonder of travel and the history, colors, textures, and stories of coffee, chocolate, and tea. We make drinks after these histories and after the characters that inspire us, those who remind us of the beauty and possibility of humanity. 


Little Waves Coffee Roasters ships nationwide. The three Cocoa Cinnamon shops, each with a unique design and offerings, aim to exude equal parts excellence in craft, warm and welcoming service and the feeling of wonder and discovery. The goal is to turn the daily habit of drinking coffee into an occasion to create a simple, beautiful experience of flavor, warmth, and connection.
Check out our  Roaster Residency at La Marzocco Café, Seattle, Washington, September 19th - October 21st, 2019.
Shops design and photography David Solow art + design
Cocoa Cinnamon logo by Gabe Goetz
Little Waves Coffee Roasters logos and images by Michelle Durango-Lopez
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Thank you so much for your outpouring of support during the Covid-19 crisis. Please know that our roastery is employing upgraded sanitary and safety practices, as are all of our retail locations. In order to guarantee that we continue meeting living wages for our team, and to guarantee that we can keep our basic bills paid, we need to sell 230 bags of coffee per day. We appreciate your support, your patronage, and your help spreading the word.