Friday, August 31, 2007

R.I.P., Alfred Peet

The founder of my favorite chain of cafes, Peet's Coffee & Tea, died Wednesday at his home in Ashland, Ore., the company said today. He was 87. The Dutch immigrant started Peet's 41 years ago in Berkeley, setting the stage for U.S. consumers to plunge into the premium coffee market now epitomized by Starbucks. (Booo!)

[Photo: San Francisco Chronicle, 2001, by Lance Iversen]

1 comment:

Bill German said...

i love peets on market in the castro. at least they have a bathroom you can use. so a toast to pete