Seattle circa 1985 – Todd Carmichael and Jean Philippe Iberti, while working in coffee and attending school, gain an excited appreciation for the skills of the European coffee roaster and the ever evolving fine cuisine in America. Together they conceive of coffees dedicated to joining these two loves and call it culinary coffee: balanced and round, consistent, deep but not overbearing, mindful of the kitchen and designed for the palate.
Philadelphia, PA early 1994 – thousands of miles from their hometowns of Spokane, WA and Nice, France, the pair unveil their first five flagship blends. In no time the coffees gain notice among the culinary elite and within weeks are being served in the finest establishments in New York and Philadelphia. Today, after seventeen years of setting higher and higher standards, the pair continue to champion coffee as part of the culinary experience, from coast to coast, with their trademark unapologetic devotion to the kitchen and not trend – the place where taste always trumps novelty.