As we ended April Vournas Coffee Trading celebrated its 10th year in coffee. While it is indeed a milestone, it is to me a blip on the radar. When my brother Mike and I started Vournas Coffee Trading on April 15, 2002 the C Market was a barn burner at $.49, gas was $2.80 per gallon, the U.S. National debt was under 3 trillion and we were reeling from the brutal attack of 9/11.
Steve Teisel came on board in August 2004 and with that came our association with the wonderful Papua New Guinea Purosa Coffees. In 2005, the face of Vournas Coffee Trading changed a bit, as we moved our head quarters from Rocklin, California to Westlake Village, California.
We had some personnel changes along the way as well. Karri, who stayed with us almost from the beginning, left us in 2009 to raise her family, Kat came on board first to help out, and then became our de facto CFO and Marketing and Strategic Planning guru, and we lost our brother, friend and partner Mike in September 2009 after a long battle with cancer. Shortly thereafter, we hired Kim to handle the very critical job of traffic and logistics and to keep the coffee moving. What has not changed is our passion to bring you the best coffee we can find at origin, along with great service and knowledge to help your business for the next 10 years. Vournas Coffee Trading will be moving offices in August to a better suited location in Westlake Village and we hope you will visit us.
Indeed, in the last 10 years, we have grown to service 200 plus roasters in the United States, Canada and Europe. We would like to thank all the roasters that have been loyal to us, and to the many that have cheered us on. While we certainly are not the biggest importers (never our goal), we believe that after 10 years we must be doing something right!