Monday, November 16, 2009

Happy Bean Coffee: Interview with Founder Mark Kalbac

Today we had the great pleasure of speaking with Mark Kalbac.  He is the Founder and President of Happy Bean Coffee located in Miami, Florida.  Happy Bean Coffee creates handcrafted coffee blends made from the finest Arabica beans, sourced from a collection of family farms.  They roast their coffee in small batches in order to ensure a bold, smooth taste that is never bitter.  Happy Bean Coffee has a big time selection of coffees that will match any coffee drinkers palette.  One great selection they sell is their Premium Organic Coffee Beans.  They are grown free of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, the certified organic coffee beans are a blend of 100% Arabica beans grown in a sustainable crop rotation to prevent erosion, the depletion of soil nutrients, and control for pests. The beans are grown on family plantations and co-ops in the best coffee growing regions in Latin America.  With coffee like that it gets us excited to wake up in the mornings!  Mark was kind of enough to sit down with us for a quick interview.  After you read it check out their site at  

RG: How did you get started in the coffee business?

MK: I originally wanted to start a restaurant.  I realized that wasn't for me and instead opened some small coffee shops.  I had them located inside Mercy Hospital and Homestead Hospital.  I started brewing my coffee with one of the big companies, but then switched to a small roaster that I now use for Happy Bean.  When I made the switch I saw right away that is was a superior product than what I was previously using.  As soon as I made the switch my customers started to give me rave reviews on how great the coffee tasted.  Thats when the light went off.  I sold both coffee shops and started Happy Bean Coffee.

RG: What is a typical day like for you?

MK: Well, I am the President, Sales Team, Secretary, etc of the company.  I do everything other than roast the beans.   I originally started Happy Bean Coffee on the internet.  It was purely a web based company.  We were getting some nice traffic to the site, but I knew we could get more.  Starting just two weeks ago I decided to hit the streets.  We have seen some quick success.  We just got into a deli on Miami Beach and are now targeting Boutique Hotels and Shops around South Florida.  We are also looking to be at Farmers Markets around the state.  I hope to make Happy Bean Coffee a house hold name.

RG: Since this site is dedicated to healthier living, we have to ask:  How do you Stay Healthy?

MK: I work out five days a week.  I do a combination of weight lifting and cardio.  In addition to my coffee I drink all types of Asian Tea.  I also eat alot of fish, chicken and vegetables.  Overall, I just try and keep a healthy diet.

RG: Mark thanks for sitting down with us today.  We will get all of the Revolutionaries to spread the word about Happy Bean Coffee.

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