About Demitasse

Our MISSION
To help our clients succeed by providing high quality products and expert service through education and training

Since its beginning in 1989, Demitasse has grown into one of the New England's largest coffee purveyors; and the most notable distributor for our hands-on service. Demitasse is the destination for the traditional, authentic and exceptional quality coffee as well as tea, espresso, and equipment. Demitasse is a proven innovator - they were the first in this are to serve gourmet coffee and authentic cappuccino at county fairs.
Selling coffee at fairs in CT Our first coffee bar (outside)


About the founder & president

Demitasse's founder, Mike Landry Thanks primarily to Starbucks, within the past 20 years the coffeehouse has become a familiar feature of American life. Every day, millions of Americans stop for an espresso-based coffee drink. People who would not have dreamed of spending more than 50 cents for a cup of coffee a few years ago now gladly pay $3 to $5 for their cappuccino, mocha latte or vanilla ice blended drink. The specialty-coffee business is growing at a healthy pace. During the past 20 years, there has not been a single year, despite war and recession, in which specialty coffee sales have not grown. In many years the increase has been in double digits. In addition, no coffeehouse chains have failed during this time, although the list of casualties in other industries is quite long.

Our goal is to be the coffeehouse of choice for the local community by providing a higher quality experience than any competitor. As a result, we intend to create coffeehouses that quickly achieve profitability and sustain an attractive rate of return (20% or more annually) for our investors. We also want to make our contribution to the welfare of the local community by supporting charitable and civic activities. We will support the farmers who grow our coffee by using Fair Trade, Sustainable Production and Organic products whenever possible.

Demitasse also awards its business to as many local suppliers as possible, keeping the business in the community or, at the least, in the state.

Mike has more than 15 years experience in retail/wholesale marketing/sales with special expertise in the retail sector. He began his career in coffee by operating a mobile coffee bar. Demitasse was the first to introduce gourmet coffee and espresso at county fairs. Mike went on to manage Connecticut's highest earning Starbuck's store in Westport, CT. He then opened his own coffee caf´┐Ż in Essex, CT. Mike is a proven leader - currently operating Demitasse as a wholesale business - providing quality products with exceptional service. Throughout his 15 years of restaurant industry experience, Mike has excelled at coffee training and is well-known for the programs offered to his customers. Mike is responsible for overall management, including: site development, construction supervision, equipment ordering, marketing/PR, training programs, website design/development and government issues. Mike has a B.S. degree in Business from SCSU and is a graduate of the Starbuck's manager training program for coffeehouse operation and management.


Articles, Accolades
Coffee snobbery is brewing, Republican-American, January 2009
Better Connecticut, WFSB 3 November 2012
Newtown Bee
Demitasse Brings Good Coffee, Food to Sandy Hook,The Patch, August 2010
Espresso excursions, August 2010
Newtown Patch
Yelp reviews

Preservation

Our stores are launched with elaborate openings where valued customers, local dignitaries and the press gather to celebrate their city's history, and to enjoy local art, music and drink. In keeping with Demitasse's long-term commitment to the arts, we commission and display original work by local artists in the stores. And to laud each flagship opening, Demitasse cafe makes a donation to a local charity to show our dedication to the community.
Demitasse is dedicated to being an active and supportive member of the community. Through partnerships and programs, Demitasse continues its commitment to the people and places that surround us. And as a division of DEMITASSE SPECIALTY COFFEE COMPANY, LLC., Demitasse is part of a greater effort devoted to communities spanning the globe. Click here for more.

Corporate Sales

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Major Products
  • Willoughbys Coffee, Branford, CT
  • Shearwater Organic Coffee Roasters, Trumbull, CT
  • Harney & Sons fine teas, Salisbury, CT
  • Lavazza Italian espresso, Turin, Italy
  • Intenso Italian espresso, Naples, Italy
  • Cimbali Faema Espresso Machines, Fairfield, CT