July 10, 2012 // Franchising.com // MINNEAPOLIS – This year marks a quarter century since Ed and Dan Dunn opened the first Dunn Bros Coffee on Grand Avenue in St. Paul, Minn. Inspired by Eugene, Ore.’s coffee houses, the store offered quality coffees that were and still are craft-roasted in the shop using an on-site roaster.
“Ed and Dan didn’t want to open up just another coffee shop,” says Chris Eilers, who became Dunn Bros’ first franchisee in 1994 with co-owner Skip Fay before becoming the company’s current Co-CEO. “They wanted to set a new standard for coffee that endures 25 years later as we continue our commitment to quality, freshness and staying rooted in the local community.”
Today stores maintain local ownership through the company’s franchise model, with more than 80 stores in nine states reflecting both the individuals who own them and the communities they serve. The company also is expanding its food offerings through its Provisions Bakery Café brand, which parallels the coffee by freshly baking breads and pastries on site and offering hand crafted sandwiches, salads and even pizza. The first Provisions opened in August 2011 at the 2544 Nicollet Ave. location in Minneapolis, and stores continue to roll out at select locations across thecountry.
“We’re still the no BS brand we were 25 years ago,” says Kim Plahn, president and CFO, Dunn Bros Coffee. “Rather than truck in vacuum-sealed bags of coffee from a central facility, we still source single-origin coffees and custom-roast each varietal in our stores to serve our customers the best tasting coffee at the peak of freshness. No other chain has been able to duplicate this model and that is why we call it the ’Bold Standard’ for quality. Provisions continues this tradition of freshness and authenticity by hand crafting menu items right in front of the customer, unlike frozen or pre-packaged fare found at most coffeehouse chains.”
For more information about the history of Dunn Bros Coffee, visit http://dunnbros.com/about/.
Founded in 1987, Dunn Bros Coffee has successfully proven to its customers and competitors that, even in the crowded coffee category, great-tasting coffee that is carefullybrewed from hand-selected, freshly roasted beans boldly stands out in a class of its own. This Minneapolis-based, award-winning coffeecompany was founded on the principle that premium coffee customers deserve coffee that adheres to higher standards of quality every step of the way, from cultivation to cup. From sustainable, ethical sourcing practices to daily, on-site roasting, artisan hand-made premium beverages and community-connected local ownership - Dunn Bros takes every possible measure to ensure quality coffee experiences at each of its more than 80 retail locations across the country. For more information, visit www.dunnbros.com.