AN IMPORTER OF FINE GREEN COFFEES FOR OVER 99 YEARS
OUR
HISTORY

Founded in 1917 by Richard and Ralph Balzac, Balzac Brothers represents four generations of family tradition in importing fine green coffee. For nearly a century, we have supplied coffee roasters with high quality wholesale coffee. Our specialty coffees are highly esteemed in the industry, and our level of dedication to each customer is unrivaled.

1917
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Richard and Ralph Balzac found Balzac Bros – largest importers of Colombian coffee

1930
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Balzac Brothers opened office at 96 Wall Street in Manhattan, NY

1932
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Inauguration meeting of the Associated Coffee Industries of America, attended by Ralph Balzac

1945
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Richard and John Balzac start in the second generation of the business

1957
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75th Anniversary of the NY Coffee & Sugar Exchange, attended by Jane and Richard Balzac

1968
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Ralph Balzac becomes honorary life member of Green Coffee Association (Richard Balzac was on the Board of Directors)

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First actual full container of Brazilian coffee brought to the US by Balzac Brothers

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Balzac Brothers moves office to Westchester, Bronxville

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Ann Balzac Keane & Raymond Keane (Richard Balzac’s son-in-law) join the business, 3rd generation

1996
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Balzac Brothers moves office to 11 Fulton Street in Charleston, SC

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Balzac Brothers imports first full container of Rainforest Alliance Certified Coffee

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Balzac Brothers wins Rainforest Alliance Corporate Green Globe Award

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Raymond Keane on Board of Directors of NCA

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Raymond Keane becomes new President,fourth generation starts working at Balzac Brothers.

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Balzac Brothers hosts the annual Rainforest Alliance cupping in Charleston, SC

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Balzac Brother’s lab becomes CQI certified.

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Balzac hosts 2014 Rainforest Alliance Central American annual cupping in Charleston, SC.