Charles Dubuque. Photo by David Kilper for Gazelle Magazine.

Dubuque Coffee is coming to Dierbergs stores this month. Named 2017 Company of the Year by the Missouri Restaurant Association, Dubuque Coffee currently serves 400 private clubs, restaurants, hotels, and public and private companies in 24 states around the country. Though it primarily served commercial customers, the company recently invested in equipment that packages coffee in a format suited for retail.

“Dierbergs reached out to us in December to see if we would be interested in talking to them about the potential of selling Dubuque coffee in their 25 St. Louis-area retail stores,” said founder and president Charles Dubuque. “Our primary customers are not retail. So, if I had received the Dierbergs call any sooner, I would have had to say no, as crazy as that sounds.”

Four of the most popular coffee blends will be offered at Dierbergs for $8.99 per 12-ounce package. 

“Diners so often ask our customers whose coffee they serve after enjoying a cup or two,” said Dubuque. “That led to a large and growing number of online orders and daily walk-in retail customers at Dubuque headquarters in Brentwood, who wanted to serve Dubuque Coffee at home.”

Dubuque Coffee was founded in 2015 by Charles Dubuque, his brother Paul, and a group of private investors. In the first year and a half of business, Dubuque Coffee grew by 300 percent, far exceeding the company’s initial growth projections. Dubuque expects growth of more than 50 percent for 2018, as it has had the strongest first-quarter installations since the company’s inception.