The History of The Mountanos Family
Since 1898 four generations of the Mountanos Family have been involved in the coffee industry. At the turn of the century two brothers, Richard and Stratis Mountanos emigrated from Greece to California and began roasting and selling coffee from a horse drawn cart in Oakland and San Francisco. When the small cart could no longer accommodate the demand for their fine coffee, they moved to a storefront at 4th and Market in Alameda and Mountanos Brothers Inc. was open for business.
During the 1920's the second generation of coffee roasters, Michael and Richard Mountanos took over the business and relocated the operation to San Francisco. The business gained popularity and continued to expand.
Years later the name changed again to United Coffee Corporation and it was at that time Milt Mountanos who represented the third generation, began to oversee the family business. By 1968 Milt assumed full control of the company having bought out his Father and Uncle's share of the business at the time of their retirement. During the 1970's he had directed United Coffee Corporation to become one of the premier coffee suppliers in California and the United States by leading the company into gourmet coffees and influencing an entire
Like the generations that had preceded them, Milt's sons Mike and Mark Mountanos representing the fourth "coffee" generation, found themselves knee deep in coffee right from the beginning. Both Mike and Mark assisted their Grandfather, Great Uncle and Father in all aspects of the business from the importation of green coffee to the roasting, packaging, selling and distribution of the finished product. During the 1960's and 1970's both Mike and Mark witnessed the tremendous success of their father’s business based on the two principles of consistent quality and service. It was with that business ideal in mind that the two branched out on their own after Milt sold the business and retired in 1979.
In 1982, after two years of green coffee trading with one of the world's largest green coffee importing companies, Mark established M.P. Mountanos, Inc. which specializes in the sourcing and importation of high quality raw green arabica coffee beans. Today, M.P. Mountanos, Inc. continues to focus their attention on the requirements of the small and medium sized roaster. With a commitment to quality coffee and exceptional customer service, M.P. Mountanos, Inc. has kept alive the traditional business values established by the Mountanos name over 100 years ago.
M.P. Mountanos of SoCal (Southern California) began selling fine quality green arabica coffees in 1986. Following in the direction of his cousin Mark P. Mountanos, President of M.P. Mountanos, Inc., Rick Kourafas formed M.P. Mountanos of SoCal so as to compliment the growing need for specialty arabica coffee nationwide.
Today, M.P. Mountanos of SoCal strives to provide the finest green coffee selection to coffee roasters within the U.S., Canada and abroad. The basis for the success of M.P. Mountanos of SoCal is predicated on quality product and consistently reliable service.
M.P. Mountanos of SoCal has helped roasters develop their coffee programs for the last 18 years. M.P. Mountanos of SoCal makes every effort to assist roasters with source-based point of sale materials along with a willingness to assist with roast profiles and blend development.
In addition to offering varied decaffeinated and regular green coffees, M.P. Mountanos of SoCal has developed from the original S.F. Prep line of coffees, the Mountanos Select Coffees that have been chosen based on excellent grade and cup quality.
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