Coffee Company Branches Out in Oshkosh

econdev@nppd.com   9/21/2009

Mark Ferrari Specialty Coffees moved its roasting and production facility from Phoenix to Oshkosh, Nebraska...

Coffee Company Branches Out in Oshkosh

Coffee Company Branches Out in Oshkosh

Mark Ferrari Specialty Coffees moved its roasting and production facility from Phoenix to Oshkosh in 2007 to better serve national and international accounts. Employees at the 5,000 square foot facility roast the beans onsite, using premium-grade Arabica beans and have produced more than 250,000 pounds of coffee in Oshkosh.

“The company was growing in Phoenix, and we needed another warehouse,” said Mike Piva, co-owner and native of Oshkosh. “I suggested Oshkosh, a little selfishly, so I could be closer to family. Even though Mark (Ferrari, co-owner) and I both travel back and forth to Phoenix, having the warehouse in Oshkosh is actually more cost-effective than having a million dollar building in Phoenix. The work ethics of Midwesterners also proved to be a positive for locating the business in Oshkosh,” he said.

Mark Ferrari, co-owner and master roaster for the company, knows a great deal about coffee and the business, as his family owns a coffee plantation in Hawaii. The Kona bean that is roasted at the warehouse comes from their plantation.

The company recently introduced its first coffeehouse in Garden County. “We’re very proud of the professional contractors and businesses that have helped bring our dream to life,” says co-owner Mike Piva. “We believe in hiring local, not only because it supports the community but also because we’re lucky to have some of the finest crafts people and services available right here in Garden County.”

Mark Ferrari Specialty Coffees in Oshkosh is served electrically by Nebraska Public Power District.


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