Alfred Peet (Entrepreneur) – Bio, Birthday, Family, Age & Born

Alfred H. Peet was a Dutch-American entrepreneur and the founder of Peet’s Coffee & Tea in Berkeley, California, in 1966. Peet is widely credited with starting the specialty coffee revolution in the US. Among coffee historians, Peet has been called “the Dutchman who taught America how to drink coffee.” Peet taught his style of roasting beans to Jerry Baldwin, Zev Siegl and Gordon Bowker, who took the technique to Seattle and founded Starbucks in 1971.

Born: Mar 10, 1920, Alkmaar, The Netherlands
Died: Aug 29, 2007, Ashland, Oregon, U.S.
Occupation: Founder of Peet’s Coffee & Tea

About Alfred Peet

Dutch-American specialty coffee entrepreneur and founder of Peet’s Coffee & Tea in 1966 in Berkeley, California.

Before Fame

He worked as a tea taster in the Dutch East Indies and New Zealand. He moved to San Francisco, California, in 1955.


He supplied the founders of Starbucks with coffee during their first year of business.

Family Life

He learned about the coffee business from his dad who ran a coffee roastery in Alkmaar, Netherlands.


He had many celebrity fans, including Katie Holmes.

Information related to Alfred Peet

  • Businesspeople in coffee
  • Food and drink in the San Francisco Bay Area
  • Businesspeople from the San Francisco Bay Area
  • Dutch businesspeople
  • Dutch emigrants to the United States

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Latest information about Alfred Peet updated on August 28, 2020.

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