The History of The Mountanos
Four generations of the Mountanos Family starting
in the year 1898 have been involved in the coffee
business. At the turn of the century, two
brothers, Richard and Stratis Mountanos emigrated
to California and began roasting and selling quality
coffee from a horse drawn cart in Oakland and San
Francisco area. When the small cart could no longer
handle the demand for their special fine quality
coffees, they moved to a storefront at 4th
and Market in the city of Alameda and Mountanos
Brothers Inc. was open for business.
During the 1920's, the second
generation of coffee roasters, Michael and
Richard Mountanos took over the business and relocated
the operation to the city of San Francisco.
The business gained vast popularity and continued to
expand the business.
Years later the name changed
again to United Coffee Corp. and it was at
that time Milt Mountanos, who represented the third
generation, began to oversee the family growing
business. By 1968, Milt had assumed full
control of the company having bought out his Father
and Uncle's share of the business at the time of
their retirement. During the 1970's, Milt had
directed United Coffee Corporation to become one of
the premier coffee suppliers in the state of Calif.
and the United States by leading the company into
high quality gourmet coffees and influencing an
Like the generations that had preceded them, Milt's
sons, Mike and Mark Mountanos representing the
fourth "coffee" generation, found themselves
knee deep in coffee business right from the
beginning. Both Mike and Mark assisted their
Grandfather, Great Uncle and Father in all aspects
of the business from the importation of green coffee
to the roasting, packaging, selling and distribution
of the finished product. During the 1960's and
1970's both Mike and Mark witnessed the
tremendous success of their father’s business based on the two principles of consistent quality
and service. It was
with that business ideal in mind that the two
branched out on their own after Milt sold the
business and retired in 1979.
In 1982, after two years of
green coffee trading with one of the world's largest
green coffee importing companies, Mark Mountanos
established the M.P. Mountanos, Inc. which
specializes in the sourcing and importation of high
quality raw green arabica coffee beans. Today,
MP Mountanos, Inc. continues to focus their
attention on the requirements of the small and
medium-sized roaster. With a commitment to
quality coffee and exceptional customer service, MP
Mountanos, Inc. has kept alive the traditional
business values established by the Mountanos family
name over 100 years ago.
M.P. Mountanos of
SoCal, Inc. (Southern California) began selling fine
quality green arabica coffees in 1986. Following in the direction of his cousin Mark P. Mountanos, President of M.P. Mountanos, Inc., Rick
Kourafas formed MP Mountanos of SoCal, Inc. so as to
compliment the growing need for specialty arabica
Today, M.P. Mountanos of SoCal, Inc. strives to
provide the finest green coffee selection to coffee
roasters within the U.S., Canada and abroad. The basis for the success of M.P. Mountanos of
SoCal, Inc. is predicated on quality product and
consistently reliable service.
M.P. Mountanos of SoCal has helped roasters
develop their coffee programs for the last 30 years. MP Mountanos of SoCal makes every effort to assist
roasters with source-based point of sale materials
along with a willingness to assist with roast
profiles and blend development.
Please let us know how MP Mountanos of SoCal,
Inc. can be of service to you.
Thank you for your interest.