Diedrich Coffee

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Diedrich Coffee, Inc
FoundedIn 1972; 49 years ago (1972) in Irvine, California
HeadquartersIrvine, California
Key people
J. Russell Philips, President and CEO
Sean McCarthy, Chief Financial Officer
ProductsWhole Bean Coffee
Revenue$52.5 mill. (FY2004 net)
Increase($14.6 mill)
Number of employees
815 as of February 25, 2005
ParentGreen Mountain Coffee Roasters
SubsidiariesDiedrich Coffee, Inc
Gloria Jean's Coffees
Coffee People

Diedrich Coffee is a coffee company based in Irvine, CA. Its first coffee house in Orange County, California, was opened in 1972. It owns the American mall-based stores for Gloria Jean's Coffees. In Oregon, it previously ran Coffee People until nearly every location was bought and closed or converted into a Starbucks (Diedrich retained ownership of the Coffee People locations inside the Portland International Airport.)[1]


The history of the company started with Charlotte Diedrich inheriting a coffee plantation in Costa Rica in 1916. Her son, Carl Diedrich joined the business in 1946 and purchased a coffee plantation in Antigua, Guatemala, in 1966. The first coffeehouse, a roastery, opened in Newport Beach in 1972.[citation needed]

Diedrich Coffee, a neighborhood coffeehouse, was founded by Martin Diedrich in 1983. He took over the retail, roasting and importing facets of the family business from retiring Carl. In September 1996, Diedrich Coffee went public.[citation needed]

The company bought up Coffee People, a company that included the US Outlets of Gloria Jean's Coffees, in July 1999.[2][3] In June 2004, Martin Diedrich resigned his position at Diedrich Coffee.[citation needed]

In September 2006, Diedrich Coffee announced its plans to close its company-owned retail stores, 40 of which were sold to rival Starbucks and reopened under that brand. Franchisee-owned stores remained unchanged. The company continued as a roaster and wholesaler of coffee beans.[4] However, a few independently owned and operated Diedrich locations remained open in California and Texas. On November 3, 2009, California-based Peet's Coffee announced that it was buying Diedrich.[5]

On December 8, 2009, Vermont-based Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. trumped the offer from Peet's Coffee and agreed to buy Diedrich for $290 million.[6]

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  1. ^ "Starbucks buys Coffee People stores, hippies mourn". AOL. 2006-09-18. Retrieved 2006-09-18.
  2. ^ Heritage Coffee people website. Retrieved October 10, 2008.
  3. ^ Diedrich Coffee of Irvine, Calif., to Buy Coffee People of Beaverton, Ore., Tribune News, February 12, 1999 courtesy link.
  4. ^ "Diedrich Coffee gives up fight". The Orange County Register. 2006-09-14. Retrieved 2006-09-14.
  5. ^ "Notable Mergers and Acquisitions of the Day 11/3: BRK-BBNI, SWK-BDK, PEET-DDRX". StreetInsider.com. 2009-11-03. Retrieved 2009-11-03.
  6. ^ "Green Mountain Coffee to buy Diedrich for $290 Million". LATimes.com. 2009-12-08. Archived from the original on December 13, 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-08.

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