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Belknap EDC and Wayfarer Coffee Roasters Partner To Support Wayfarer’s Continued Growth

Wayfarer Coffee Roasters owners Karen Bassett, Ben Bullerwell, and Reuben Bassett recently worked with the Belknap Economic Development Council (Belknap EDC) in planning for Wayfarer's continued growth in the Lakes Region.

“We feel fortunate to have the support of the programs Belknap EDC offers as a resource including its financing programs,” states Karen Bassett, owner of Wayfarer. “They patiently answered all my questions throughout the entire process, demonstrating their understanding of the needs and challenges of running a small business such as ours. I appreciated that they were also willing to connect me to other resources they offer that could also support the growth of our business."

“It’s been such a pleasure to work with the Wayfarer team as they continue to grow and expand their operation. We look forward to continuing to work with them and other Laconia Main Street businesses,” stated Justin Slattery, Belknap EDC Executive Director.

Pictured Left to Right: Wayfarer Coffee Roasters owners, Ben Bullerwell & Karen Bassett; Belknap EDC Loan Officer, Ken Wilson; and Belknap EDC Executive Director, Justin Slattery.

Wayfarer Coffee Roasters opened in 2015 with the mission to bring great coffee and community to Laconia. It is a unique coffee experience found in Downtown Laconia that sources quality, unique and ethically derived coffee beans from all over the world to roast its coffee in-house. Wayfarer partners with distributors who have relationships with farmers to ensure best practices and fair price. They are also well-known for supporting local farmers and artisans in many of their made from scratch menu options including the popular sweet liege waffles. In addition to their bustling cafe that has become the hub of community in downtown Laconia, they also offer catering, host private events, and their roastery supplies coffee to many bakeries, restaurants, farm stands, and grocery outlets in New Hampshire. For more information, please visit

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