March 4, 2014

Kaldi’s Coffee purchases the six Latteland Espresso & Tea shops

Two Country Club Plaza Lattelands and one in Prairie Village will be remodeled and rebranded as Kaldi’s Coffee by June. Two Northland coffee shops and one in the Power & Light District will be remodeled and rebranded in 2015.

Kaldi’s Coffee Roasting Co. has been Lattéland Espresso & Tea’s exclusive roaster since 2007.

Now the six area coffee shops will change to the Kaldi’s Coffee brand.

Kaldi’s acquired the shops in late 2013. The purchase price was not disclosed.

Kaldi’s Coffee, a St. Louis-based boutique coffee roasting company, was founded in 1994. Along with its wholesale operations, it has five coffee shops in the St. Louis area and one in Columbia, Mo. It also is majority owner of the Honolulu Coffee Roasting Co. in Hawaii.

Ed Schultz, former owner of Lattéland, has been managing partner of Honolulu Coffee Roasting Co. for several years.

“There’s been a sense of collaboration and fellowship between the two companies,” said Marcus Boni, vice president of retail operations and marketing for Kaldi’s. “We are very similar companies. Very focused on the guest experience and delivering a quality product.”

A Country Club Plaza Lattéland at 4771 Jefferson St. is scheduled to temporarily shut down for remodeling and rebranding starting the week of March 17. It plans to reopen as Kaldi’s Coffee by late March.

Then another Plaza Lattéland at 318 W. 47th St. will temporarily shut down for a couple of weeks for remodeling and rebranding.

Once the 47th Street coffee shop reopens, work will start on the Prairie Village Lattéland at 7900 State Line Road with a reopening under Kaldi’s Coffee before June.

The Lattélands in Briarcliff Village, Zona Rosa and the Power & Light District are scheduled to be remodeled and rebranded in 2015.

Kaldi’s Coffee also is opening a regional office in the City Market by next week that will serve as a home base for training activities and other events.

Lattéland was founded in Kansas City in 1992 and the first shop opened in 1993. The six area locations have about 65 employees.

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