The celebration includes complementary coffee today from 1pm-3pm at all participating Bay Area Peet’s, complimentary cups of coffee with purchases of beans from 1pm-3pm Monday through Thursday, and free 1/4 pounds of beans after 1pm on Fridays. You can read more about their anniversary event calendar online (PDF file).
I’m not one to give a business a shameless advertising plug, but Holland-born Alfred Peet is something of a legend in the American specialty coffee business. His influence not only gave rise to Peet’s Coffee & Tea (initially envisioned as a bean and leaf store only), but also to Starbucks Coffee and many of the specialty coffee buyers and roasters in the Bay Area.
Today Peet’s Coffee & Tea downplays the role and importance of founder Alfred Peet; he sold his interests in the company in 2001. But Peet’s Coffee still helps set the standard for good espresso chains in the U.S.
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