Owner Karen Bassett, born and raised in Seattle, moved to New Hampshire in 2008. She couldn’t find coffee she loved, so she decided to roast it herself. She sold her home-roasted coffee beans at the Laconia Farmer’s Market and to friends and family. After a few years, she took the leap of faith into opening her own roastery cafe. She and her husband, Reuben, joined forces with their friend, Ben Bullerwell, a Laconia native, to open Wayfarer. With this team around her, her passion to have a coffee shop became a reality.