James Mireles has owned the Ristretto Group, a private label coffee company. Over decades, he has become an expert on coffee – roasting and brewing. He has imported beans and sold them with private labels to restaurants and coffee houses, as well as other retailers. The company was based in California.
James wanted to bring his business to San Antonio and start roasting in addition to private labeling. He felt that the east side of San Antonio was the next area for growth. He met with Jackie Gorman of San Antonio for Growth on the Eastside (SAGE) to discover available resources to help launch his San Antonio based company.
SAGE referred James to Crystal Darby, Senior Business Advisor at the UTSA Small Business Development Center. Crystal helped with the business plan, financials, research, and more. James found out about warehouse space, owned by Local Sprout. There are a number of food related businesses in the same area in addition to Local Sprout, including Truckin’ Tomato and Texas Black Gold Garlic. James Mireles started Pulp Coffee in December 2015. Pulp Coffee was recently featured in the June/July 2016 issue of “Edible San Antonio.”
The shared warehouse concept fits the business well. Pulp Coffee also carries a line of high end organic teas, which is very rare for coffee roasters.
“Crystal Darby was a great help in the process of my transition coming back from California to Texas after having spent 12 years in the LA/OC area. The tools that she was able to give us helped make our decision to go straight into the private label wholesale market versus the retail market. Thankfully we are in a shared warehouse concept on the Eastside of downtown San Antonio. We are fortunate and thrilled to have exactly what we were looking for now. Many great things are ahead in the future as we are just at the beginning of having San Antonio run on Pulp Coffee & Teas.”