May 7, 1994 |
Americans are thirsty for a really good cup of coffee. Across the country, more consumers are sipping gourmet coffee made from specialty beans from boutique roasters and paying a hefty premium, industry experts say. "This has opened doors for companies like mine . . . to satisfy consumers who want to have a good cup of coffee," said Phil Johnson, president of Millstone Coffee Inc., a privately owned coffee roaster in Everett, Wash. Unlike Seattle-based Starbucks Corp.