The Sheldrake Coffee Blog — history

The Coffee King, by Barbara Steck

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Mike Sheldrake opened Polly’s Gourmet Coffee in 1976 at the end of Second Street in Belmont Shore. Forty-four years later, he is still roasting coffee beans every morning in the same location. Mike bought the coffee part of the business from Polly’s Pies in 1989 after having worked there since high school. He wanted to learn the business from roots to roasting, and the result was Polly’s Gourmet Coffee.

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Sheldrake Vs. Starbucks

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Sheldrake Vs. Starbucks

Did you know? Our owner and founder Mike Sheldrake took on Starbucks in 1999 with the help of The Retail Doctor, as one of their first clients. They have two great articles you can read about the success here and here. This caused such a big stir that Mike was interviewed by OC Weekly, a stunning piece that you can read here, and even made it into the New York Times. Mike was also invited to speak on guerrilla marketing at the Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf Astoria in New York City! The history of Mike Sheldrake and his impact...

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