History

Phil Johnson, Chairman and Chief Executive of Cascade Coffee, Inc., revolutionized the coffee industry in 1981 when he created Millstone Coffee, delivering gourmet coffee to supermarkets for home use. Today, his innovations at Millstone are widely acknowledged to be a major force paving the way for gourmet coffee’s entrée to the burgeoning retail industry. Millstone Coffee became a nationally known name brand, unique in its field due to its superior quality Arabica beans, supplanting the industry’s standard of Robusta beans and creating a superior cup of coffee easily delivered to the home consumer. Millstone grew to provide 3500 grocery stores with gourmet coffee delivered directly to the stores by their own trucks. In the 14 years from the inception of the company, he achieved national success for the brand and Phil sold Millstone to Proctor & Gamble in 1995.

Phil next launched Cascade Coffee, an Office Coffee Service corporation that continued to provide contract roasting services to Proctor & Gamble. Cascade Coffee quickly expanded its space in 1999 from a 30,000 square foot plant to a new manufacturing facility of 200,000 square feet. Cascade began growing as an external manufacturer for national brands. Today, Cascade Coffee continues to operate a large roasting, grinding and packaging facility in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Our facility is an impeccably appointed, state of the art plant featuring six roasters and seventeen packaging machines. Today, under the leadership of Phil Johnson (Chairman and Chief Executive Officer) and Kelly Johnson (President), Cascade has evolved into a major contract manufacturing company thanks to a unified team that combines both long term contributors to Millstone’s success coupled with new, innovative ideas and technologies. Cascade’s growth now provides more than 50 million pounds of capacity per year and strives to be a world class contract manufacturer.

Cascade’s success is directly attributed to our dedication to quality and service to our customers. It has been heard in the hallways “We do not have a brand, so our brand is our customer’s brand.”