Remembering Warren Muller, Sr.

The Walker Coffee Trading team stands in support of Warren Muller and his family as we all remember the life of Warren Muller, Sr. Another legend of the coffee world has passed on, may he rest in peace.

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DATE: June 27, 2016

Warren F. Muller, Sr. (1926 – 2016)

Warren was born to parents of German descent, John A. Muller and Henrietta Meyer in Flushing, New York in 1926. He attended Sewanhaka High School in Floral Park, New York and graduated in June of 1944. Warren and several buddies enlisted in the Navy and reported to boot camp directly after graduation. He served in the Pacific theater during WW II from 1944 to 1946 aboard the USS Queens (APA-103) which acted primarily as a troop transport bring soldiers to combat and bring the wounded home.

Warren entered the coffee business in 1947 by landing a job in the sample room at Otis McAllister at the age of 21. After 13 years, he had worked his way up from sample boy to become head salesman at Otis, until they closed their doors in 1961. At that time, Warren and his family were living in Massapequa Park in Nassau County and he was working in NYC. Almost immediately, he was recruited by Leon Israel and joined his coffee trading firm in late 1961. He remained with Leon Israel for the remainder of his coffee career during which time Leon and his brother A.C. Israel joined forces to form ACLI International and eventually sold to Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette and then to Cargill.

In 1962, the Muller Family moved from Massapequa Park, New York to Ramsey, New Jersey. Warren immediately settled into his new community and ran for Ramsey City Council. He was elected and was in charge of public safety, which by default made him Police Commissioner and Fire Commissioner. He was instrumental in revamping and equipping both departments with the latest equipment for law enforcement, fire protection and rescue.

In 1977, Warren was offered a transfer to San Francisco in order to run the ACLI West Coast office. He moved his family from Ramsey to Orinda, California, made Cargill (formerly ACLI) number one in volume on the West Coast and retired as Vice President in 1996 after 49 years in coffee. He was very active in the Pacific Coast Coffee Association, serving as Association President from 1980 to 1981 and participated in numerous PCCA Boards and committees. He and his wife Kathleen loved attending PCCA conventions and forging long lasting friendships in the very close-knit West Coast coffee community.

In 2007 Warren and Kathleen moved to the small, quaint town of Clayton, California. Warren was much loved in his new town. He was a local, in the true sense of the word, and was known by all at his favorite restaurants and at Oakhurst Country Club.

Warren is survived by his four children, Susanne Kenward of Clayton, Christine Muller (Kevin Dennis) of Clayton, Lisa Muller Hansen (Christopher Hansen) of Martinez and Warren F. Muller Jr. (Sandra Muller) of Martinez. He will be missed dearly by his grandchildren Heather Kenward, Nicolas Kenward, Jaime Kenward, Nicole Hansen, Genevieve Dennis, Logan Muller and Madelyn Muller.

Warren was a terrific man and cherished his family. He was kind, generous, caring and a loving husband, father and grandfather.

Warren Muller’s celebration of life will be June 30th, 12:30pm at St. Bonaventure Church in Concord, California. Reception to follow at Oakhurst Country Club.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice of the East Bay or to the charity of your choice.

Meet Robinson Mutiso, the newest member of the Walker Coffee Team!

As of June 3rd, 2016, the Walker Coffee Trading team has brought on a new member – Robinson Mutiso. Robinson comes to Walker from Kenya with a strong family background in the coffee industry. He is currently working on familiarizing himself with our coffee inventory, cupping and roasting alongside our Q-certified graders in our lab. Robinson will aid in expanding our growing distribution business to small and medium-sized roasters. With a winning smile and an eager personality, our newest addition to the sales team will fit in perfectly, adding to our already diverse group of personalities at Walker Coffee Trading.

If you are planning on attending Coffee Fest Dallas this weekend, stop by Booth #207 to say hi to the newest member of our team!

Spring Cleaning in the Fall

There’s nothing like being able to clear out the old to make way for the new! Our file storage was getting a little cramped, so, after making sure we had copies of the data stored digitally, we called the good folks over at Southern Shred to make sure we could recycle a bunch of old documents securely! The entire office pitched in to figure out what we could safely get rid of, and then the big day came when they brought their shredder to the office building.


Thanks to everyone’s help, we now have plenty of space to prepare for 2016 and beyond!

Take me out to the Coffee Fest!

With our hometown team beating the Yankees to get in the playoffs the other night, our Houston team at Walker Coffee decided to get into the major league spirit with our new company baseball caps!

If you’re going to be at Coffee Fest in Portland from October 23rd to the 25th, keep an eye out – you might just spy one of our caps at Booth 305, along with information on our newest coffee arrivals and the opportunity to bid on a bag of one of our Colombian Microlot coffees at the show auction! We’ll see you there.

Microlot Arrivals – Colombian Huila, Caquetá, and Valle del Cauca Coffee

Our Colombian microlot offerings have landed on the West Coast. Coming from the Huila, Caquetá, and Valle del Cauca regions, each of these coffees have been grown with care by farmer communities. All nine lots are in Grain-Pro bags.

Samples are available on request, but supplies are very limited.

EP Huila, Pitalito, Finca Las Delicias
Cupping Score: 85
Cup Profile

Aroma Sweet, slightly caramelized
Flavor Brown sugar sweeetness
Body Very smooth
Acidity Delicate
Finish Light almond

EP Huila, Pitalito, Finca La Esperanza
Cupping Score: 86
Cup Profile

Aroma Pleasantly fruity
Flavor Plum, peach, raspberry
Body Rich smooth
Acidity Winey
Finish Fruit preserve

EP Caquetá, San Vincente del Caguan, Edgar Julio Osorio
Cupping Score: 87
Cup Profile

Aroma Light floral
Flavor Citrus fruit
Body Balanced medium
Acidity Crisp, citrus, forward
Finish Clean and crisp

EP Caquetá, Puerto Rico, Jose Robinson Moreno
Cupping Score: 87
Cup Profile

Aroma Hibiscus and citrus flower
Flavor Ripe red apple
Body Smooth
Acidity Bright citrus
Finish Molasses

EP Caquetá, Florencia, Alfredo Palencia Fajardo
Cupping Score: 86
Cup Profile

Aroma Sweeet vanilla
Flavor Rich walnut
Body Velvety smooth
Acidity Balanced
Finish Raw sugar

EP Caquetá, El Doncello, Eduvar Augusto Herrera
Cupping Score: 87
Cup Profile

Aroma Floral, citrus
Flavor Sweet fruit
Body Smooth
Acidity Sparkling, bright apple
Finish Very clean

EP Valle del Cauca, El Aguila, Finca La Divisa
Cupping Score: 86
Cup Profile

Aroma Citrus fruit
Flavor Fruit, walnut
Body Balanced
Acidity Balanced
Finish Caramel, vanilla


EP Valle del Cauca, El Aguila, Finca Caza Azul & Casanova
Cupping Score: 86
Cup Profile

Aroma Ripe citrus
Flavor Chocolate-covered cherry
Body Smooth
Acidity Good
Finish Chocolate

EP Valle del Cauca, El Aguila, Finca La Secreta & La Esmeralda
Cupping Score: 86
Cup Profile

Aroma Citrus fruit
Flavor Sugared dried citrus, chocolate covered amonds
Body Rich smooth
Acidity Bright, sweet
Finish Deep walnut

Microlot Arrivals – Tanzanian AA and Peaberry Estate Coffee

Our specialty Tanzanian microlot coffees have arrived at Continental Terminals in New Jersey! Each lot was produced by farmer business groups in the volcanic soil of Tanzania’s Kilimanjaro and Ngorongoro regions. All are in Grainpro bags and reasonably priced. These beans are a great choice for sweet iced coffee to beat the summer heat.

For those of you on the West Coast, we also have bags of the AA Plus USHIRI in the Annex Warehouse as well.

Samples are available on request, but supplies are limited.

Peaberry Plus Microlot MWIKA
Cupping Score: 86.75
District: Moshi Rural
Coffee Varietals: Nyasa and bourbon
Altitude: 1,200 meters
Cup Profile: A berry and fruity aroma with flavors of sweet intense fruits, tea-like tannins, raspberry jam, clean and sweet aftertaste, crisp acidity, and a smooth body.

Peaberry Plus Microlot USHIRI
Cupping Score: 86.125
District: Rombo
Coffee Varietals: Nyasa and bourbon
Altitude: 1,450 meters
Cup Profile: Delicate, very sweet flavor with hints of fruit tones, red licorice, clean and slightly fruity aftertaste, with muted acidity and a smooth velvety body.

AA Plus Microlot USHIRI
Cupping Score: 86
District: Rombo
Coffee Varietals: Nyasa and bourbon
Altitude: 1,450 meters
Cup profile: Caramel and malty aroma, balanced sweet flavor, East African wildness, winey acidity, and a rich buttery body.

AA Plus Microlot NITIN
Cupping Score: 85.5
District: Ngorongoro
Coffee Varietals: Kent and SL27
Altitude: 1,700 meters
Cup profile: Fruity aroma, sweet flavor with deep dark fruit undertones, prunes, a clean and sweet aftertaste, delicate acidity, and smooth body.

Technology Updates and SCAA 2015

Walker Coffee prides itself on being on the cutting edge of technology, as our newest acquisition demonstrates. From now on, instead of emails and website updates, you can expect quality newsposts lovingly typed out and sent to your address by way of carrier pigeon or pony express. And if you have any questions or concerns, feel free to drop us a line at your local telegraph office.

April fooling aside, the Walker Coffee Team will be heading to Seattle for the 27th Annual SCAA Exposition. We hope to see you there!

Walker Coffee at NCA Charleston 2015

The Walker Coffee team will be heading up to Charleston, South Carolina, to attend the National Coffee Association Annual Convention 2015. We will not be exhibiting at the show this year, but we will be taking time to visit and check in on our valued friends and clients during the show. If you’re going to be at Charleston Place from March 12 through March 14, keep an eye out and don’t be afraid to say howdy when you see one of us!

Throwback Tuesday – Walker Coffee in the News

It’s important to remember your origins, and Walker Coffee Trading is no different. We’ve come a long way since we opened our doors 9 years ago, growing both our team and our clients over the past few years. Take this interview for instance: Carl and Monica were interviewed by the Houston Chronicle back in 2011, and we’ve grown steadily since then without having to sacrifice our core values..