Oughtred Coffee & Tea
A Brief History
Oughtred Coffee & Tea was originally founded by John William Oughtred (Sr.) in Nanaimo, BC. The year was 1973 and the coffee industry was certainly still in its infancy on Vancouver Island. From these humble beginnings grew a BC family success story that now spans into its second generation of Oughtred family ownership in British Columbia.
Today, son’s Michael and John (Jr.) have taken over the reins of this local, specialty coffee business and with the help of their dedicated team, have helped transform Oughtred Coffee & Tea into one of Western Canada's most sustainable, specialty coffee companies. However, the family (and company) still calls British Columbia home; with construction of a new Head Office recently completed in Victoria (Vancouver Island) and in March 2015, a major upgrade is scheduled for their Carbon Neutral Roasting Works located in Delta (lower mainland). Add to this a new distribution center just opened in Kelowna and it is clear that Oughtred Coffee & Tea has strategically built the necessary infrastructure to support a diverse range of customers all across Western Canada. "Many things have changed over the last 41 years," remarks CEO Michael Oughtred "however, our continued commitment to quality, freshness, customer service and responsibility has not, as we push to build a company and culture that our father would be proud of."
To say we have been around the block a few times would be an understatement. Over the last 41 years, we have seen many a trend come and go however, one thing that has never ceased to amaze is the continued growth and sophistication of the specialty coffee market.
From bottomless cups of low grade coffee served in the cafe's of yesteryear to the emergence of third wave coffee and beyond, there is little question about the constant state of flux that defines the specialty coffee market since the early 1970's. It hasn't always proven easy to navigate these ever changing markets and trends but as a company with quality and customer service at its core, our unwavering commitment to education and training has helped us remain a market leader for over four decades. Our team of dedicated experts possess the knowledge and expertise required to deliver customized solutions meant to exceed the exacting standards of our diverse customer base.