Diedrich Roaster

"I am deeply grateful to anyone who takes a moment to find out why the various specialty coffee brands we create at Specialty Java Inc. are unique.

At the end of the day, what I value most is the opinion of our clients. It is my hope to put a smile on your face each time sip our exclusive specialty coffees. You have my personal promise to try and impress you beyond your expectations. Nothing, and I mean nothing, is more important than our clients."

Kevin Kapaun
Chief Coffee Fanatic
Specialty Java Inc.

Kevin's passion for coffee excellence had roots in the Caribbean Island of Jamaica. The next year, while savoring the exquisite flavor of pure Jamaican Blue Mountain on an early morning sitting on a porch owned by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Barbados, his vision was born. When he returned to the U.S.A. he began to explore importing exclusive coffee beans from around the world. Sampling the finest coffee from different countries over the next decade is what set the stage for the future.

In the late 1990's Kevin's hobby of creating unique coffee bean blends and coffee roasting began. Initially roasting for friends and family as special gifts, he was headed for something bigger.

One gracious recipient was his friend Larry Graham (Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame) former bassist of Sly & the Family Stone. Larry and his family lived in Jamaica for 7 years so Kevin gave them some fresh roasted Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee as an anniversary gift. Larry subsequently encouraged Kevin to share this "coffee art" by starting a coffee roastery and Larry became his first customer. The Specialty Java brand was born.

Kevin formed numerous successful coffee brands currently in distribution throughout the U.S. His skills in private label brand development for his clients has become the cornerstone for worldwide growth of the various companies.

Kevin finds reading the passionate testimonials sent in by clients extremely gratifying. Knowing he has literally helped put a smile on the face of hundreds of thousands of clients across the USA when they sip the fruits of his art brings him a deep sense of satisfaction and fulfillment.  He feels the opportunity to do something in your life that you truly love, is the best reward of all.

Kevin's success is deeply rooted in his entrepreneurial spirit. He started a business selling plums door-to-door at the age of 6. This was followed by several other entrepreneurial endeavors during Junior and Senior High School. After college, he began a career as an executive search consultant. He soon started his own executive search firm, Emerging Technology Services, Inc., specializing in the recruitment of I.T. professionals across the U.S. Driven by this entrepreneurial spirit, today he enjoys helping independent coffee shops and business succeed in the face of competition from businesses like Starbucks.

Originally from North Dakota, Kevin attended the University of Minnesota pursuing dual majors in Business Administration and Music Education. Kevin and his wife Shirley, have 2 children, enjoy travel and volunteering.

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