Growing Up With Coffee
How K&F Got Its Start
A young college graduate who earned his living in freight shipping, Don never forgot his passion for coffee. Upon entering the shop, he could smell the enticing aromas of vanilla and hazelnut. The scents led to packages of gourmet roast coffee. The coffee was from Portland, Oregon—Don’s hometown. Something started brewing in Don. A mix of envy, hope and resolve.
Don encouraged his father, Bud, to start a coffee company with him and in March of 1983, K&F Coffee Roasters became one of the first micro-roasters in Portland, Oregon.
More recently, Don was selected to be one of only 16 participants out of about 200 nominees in the Emerging 200 (e200) program in Portland (March-Nov 2009).
The program was developed by the U.S. Small Business Association to target inner city companies with high growth potential. The business course provides dedicated entrepreneurs with training, resources, networking and motivation to expand operations and create jobs.
Dominguez says E200 has allowed him to discuss problems and solutions with other small business owners, which he believes will help strengthen Portland's business community as a whole
Read more about Don Dominguez and E200 in these April 2009 featured articles:
K&F Coffee Takes Top Awards All Four Years
WINNER OF THE PORTLAND CUP
1st Place Winner: Best All-Day Decaf
Runner Up: Best A.M. Wake-Up & Best After-Dinner Partner
1st Place Winner: Best Irish Coffee
Runner Up: The Portland Cup
1st Place Winner: Best After-Dinner Partner
Runner Up: Best Summer Sippn’ Iced Coffee
1st Place Winner: Best Morning Wake-Up