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  • 1972: Our company is founded in Eugene, Oregon, as “The Coffee Bean Roasters”—one of the country’s first specialty coffee roaster-retailers
  • 1976: We change our name to “Coffee Bean Distributors” and move to Portland, Oregon to focus on developing our wholesale specialty coffee business
  • 1982: We become a founding member of the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA), now the world’s largest specialty coffee organization with over 2,500 members
  • 1982: We become the first specialty coffee roaster in the US to be organically certified
  • 1983: We change our name to “Coffee Bean International”, better reflecting our vision for the future
  • 1984: We acquire a historic 125,000 square foot roasting facility in Portland's historical industrial district
  • 1990: We begin our partnership with Coffee Kids®—as a corporate sponsor, an relationship that continues to this day
  • 1991: Coffee Bean International is acquired by Horizon Food Group, LLC of San Francisco
  • 1991: Panache® wins the first Portland Cup, for the best cup of coffee in our hometown
  • 1993: We develop the Panache® brand of coffee and additional programs in support of our new brand
  • 1994: Coffee Bean International wins a CLIO award for Panache® coffee packaging
  • 1995: We win another CLIO award for Xanadu® Exotic Tea packaging (We’re blushing!)
  • 1996: Predating the official establishment of Fair Trade in the US, Coffee Bean International begins an ongoing financially supportive relationship with Haitian Bleu® coffee cooperative
  • 1996: We become a founding member of the American Premium Tea Institute (now Specialty Tea Institute)
  • 1996: We become a founding member of the Northwest Shade Coffee Campaign with the Seattle Audubon Society
  • 1997: We win “Best New Product of the Year” from SCAA for our line of Panache® Blender Mixes
  • 2000: Coffee Bean International becomes one of the first certified fair trade coffee roasters in the United States
  • 2002: We become kosher certified
  • 2003: Mercy Corps®—one of America’s leading humanitarian organizations—partners with us in an ongoing relationship to benefit coffee growers in Central America
  • 2004: Coffee Bean International is acquired by Svoboda Capital Partners, LLC of Chicago
  • 2004: We are named to the Oregon Governor’s Employer Honor Roll for our support of employees with disabilities
  • 2005: Our Roastmaster is elevated to head of Roaster’s Guild in the United States
  • 2006: We are named one of the top three specialty coffee roasters in the country by Roast Magazine
  • 2007: Coffee Bean International is acquired by Farmer Bros. Company of Torrance, California
  • 2007: We are named “Food Vendor of the Year” by Target®—an award never before given to a private label supplier
  • 2008: We design and build our new state-of-the-art roastery in Portland. Stop by and say Hi!
  • 2009: We launch Project Direct™, our direct trade program. Project Direct Peru is the first coffee sourced directly from growers in the San Ignacio region
  • 2010: Public Domain™ opens in downtown Portland
  • 2010: We co-found the Global Coffee Quality Research Initiative (GCQRI), an unprecedented industry-driven coffee research program
  • 2011: We are named “Food Vendor of the Year” by Target® for a second time.
  • 2011: We win the City of Portland's 2011 “BEST” award for leadership in social, environmental and economic sustainability amongst all medium-sized businesses in the city
  • 2011: We co-found the specialty coffee industry’s “START” (Sustainability Tracking and Reporting Tool) software program, helping monitor the environmental impact from tree-to-cup of the entire coffee value chain
  • 2012: We are named one of the "100 Best Green Companies to Work for in Oregon" by Oregon Business magazine