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Our Vision
To be recognized and respected as one of the leading specialty coffee companies in the nation by providing an exceptional coffee experience to our customers and guests.

 

Our Mission
Kaldi’s Coffee is dedicated to creating a memorable coffee experience for our customers and guests, committing to sustainable business practices, providing educational opportunities, and supporting the communities that we serve. It is our mission to exceed competition and continue company growth by executing the above fundamentals.  Kaldi’s Coffee will strive to develop team members, build our brand, and promote our products.

 

Chasing Quality and Serving People

These two passions have fueled us since we opened our first café in the Demun neighborhood of St. Louis in 1994. The longer we’ve pursued great coffee, the more eager we’ve been to share it with our guests far and near. The wider our circle of customers and partnerships has grown, the harder we’ve chased after great coffee to strengthen those relationships.
These pursuits also connect us back in time. From the moment that the goat herder Kaldi saw his flock eating mysterious seeds in the hills of 6th century Ethiopia, coffee has been stimulating excitement and connecting people all over the world. Today, centuries later, we take part in the same story. Wherever our coffee is served, we feel the same excitement when a coffee from our global producer partners comes to life in your cup. 
These are the things that have kept us going and growing all these years.

 

Statement of Values

At Kaldi’s, we are a family – one company, united through shared values.

Passion:
What - A passion for fulfilling the needs of our customers and guests.
Why - Because we will all realize more success if we help fulfill the needs of our customers and guests.  We’re #2 because our customers and guests are #1.

Respect:
What - Respect the talent and contribution of every individual.  
Why - Teamwork depends on trust, mutual understanding and the shared belief that the individual will be treated fairly in any environment.

Continual Improvement:
What - Sustained passion and commitment to continually improve professionally and personally.
Why - To better serve our customers and guests.

Fun:

What - A positive attitude in dealing with our team members, customers and guests.
Why - Life’s too short for anything else.

Leadership:
What - Sustained passion and a commitment to a proactive, shared vision and to its implementations.
Why - To rally teams toward achieving common objectives.

Openness:
What - Complete and frequent sharing of information with individuals and the company.
Why - Critical to team members knowing where they, their efforts and their business stand.

Ownership:
What - Self-confidence to trust others.  Self-confidence to delegate to others the freedom to act while, at the same time, self-confidence to involve higher levels in issues critical to the business and the company.
Why - Supports concepts of more individual responsibility, capability to act quickly and independently.  Should increase job satisfaction and improve understanding of risks and rewards.  While delegation is critical, there is a small percentage of high-impact issues that need or require involvement of higher levels within the business and within the company.

Humility:

What - Modesty, lacking pretense and not believing that one is superior to others.
Why - It’s all about maintaining our pride about who we are, about our achievements, about our worth – but without arrogance.  It’s about being content to let others discover the layers of our talents without being boastful.  Those who achieve the most brag the least, and the more secure they are in themselves, the more humble they are. 

Kaldi's on Kaldi

In 6th century Ethiopia, a goatherder named Kaldi stumbled upon his wandering flock as they sampled berries from nearby bushes. Ordinarily sluggish, his goats had an unusual amount of energy. After tasting several seeds himself, Kaldi discovered that the berries were the cause for the increased energy. It wasn’t long before coffee beans and their stimulating effect traveled far and wide.

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