David and Susan Kobos founded The Kobos Company in October of 1973. They began in a small 1200 square foot retail space in the Water Tower at Johns Landing in Portland, Oregon. The concept for their new business venture was to mix freshly roasted coffees, fine select teas, an assortment of spices, and an array of specialty cooking utensils in an upscale setting. David purchased a Probat drum-style coffee roaster directly from Germany and began roasting coffee in the front of the store. The Kobos passion for coffee and our commitment to quality was a direct result of this hands on roasting experience. Our company grew and prospered.
In 1981, with the opening of our third retail location, we included an espresso bar in the store’s layout and thus became a pioneer in what was to become a hot retail trend.
In the late 1980’s, we added our wholesale division. Today this section of our company provides coffee to restaurants and espresso bars as well as coffee distributors and institutional customers.
In 1995 we moved our headquarters from the Johns Landing area to a 42,000 square foot office, warehouse, roasting plant and retail space on the edge of Portland’s trendy Northwest neighborhood. This larger space enabled us to purchase coffees in container size lots. The ability to buy in such quantities helped us to become a more efficient coffee roaster and to create greater consistency in the quality of our coffee.
Kobos Coffee is still owned and operated by David and Susan along with Brian Dibble, who became a partner in 2001. Brian is a Master Coffee Roaster with over 25 years experience in the specialty coffee industry — many of them here at Kobos Coffee.
After more than 38 years in business, we continue to focus on providing the very best freshly roasted coffees and fine select teas to our customers.