Craig Min was hooked on coffee at age 12. As a child, he grew up among his family’s coffee business and, at age 14, was already helping to run the small company. While the rest of his friends were learning to drive, Min was in the stockroom organizing inventory and sitting in on meetings with vendors, learning everything he could about the world of coffee.
Min took the reins of the company in 1997 and rechristened it LAMILL Coffee. Sensing an opportunity, he began to approach smaller, high-end restaurateurs for partnerships of where he met notable chefs including Michael Mina, and also won numerous awards for “Best Coffee.” With LAMILL’s ongoing success, he later established Sungarden Tea, which is now one of the largest specialty tea importers found on the west coast.
In 2008, Min opened the first LAMILL Coffee Boutique in Los Angeles. In 2017, he partnered with Mina on the celebrity chef’s second Hawai‘i eatery, The Street, A Michael Mina Social House. LAMILL is one of the beverage stalls featuring top-tier selects of the world’s finest teas and coffees.
To Min, innovation is more than just adding a flavor shot to an espresso drink. His aim is to completely reinvent the coffee experience. “I’ve learned so many unique ways to prepare and serve and I plan to incorporate all of it. Our customers are going to take away a completely new vocabulary for coffee.”