Gourmet Coffee Pioneer Dies at 87

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Alfred Peet, 87, a Dutch tea trader who started the gourmet coffee craze in the United States with his rich, darkly roasted, high-altitude beans and taught the trade to the founders of Starbucks and sold them their first year’s supply, died Aug. 29 at his home in Ashland, Ore.

His company, Peet’s Coffee & Tea, from which he retired in 1983, announced his death. The cause was not reported.

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