Mert Leeman Announces Retirement After 47 Years

August 27th, 2021
Lehigh Acres, FL

Mert Leeman started his career working in the warehouse of Stan’s Coffee in 1978, after moving to Florida from Wisconsin. He quickly moved his way up to delivery driver and finally to sales where he became the most productive and profitable salesman in the company.

Mert Leeman is retiring from Stan’s Coffee Service as of August 27, 2021, after 43 years of excellent service in the communities of Fort Myers, Fort Myers Beach, Sanibel, Cape Coral and Pine island.

“Mert is passionate about his customers like no one I have seen,” said Bob Payne, President of Stan’s coffee, “That is truly the reason he has been so successful, he is a real legend in the restaurant community.” Mert is also known for his commitment to the District 9 Little league where he was involved for over 25 years and president for over 12, his love for the Chicago Bears and the Florida Gators, as he is a season ticket holder. Mert will be retiring in the Orlando area to be closer to family and grandchildren.

We’d like to graciously thank Mert for all the years of his dedication to us and our surrounding communities. Stan’s Coffee would not be the same without his passion and drive and he will be dearly missed. As with everything in life Mert has been a part of, we know retirement will be yet another exciting adventure. Thank you again Mert, and enjoy the world’s longest coffee break – retirement.

Stan’s Coffee Wins 2020 Gulfshore Business Best Coffee Company

Stan’s Coffee and Food Service is the proud recipient of the Gulfshore Business’ 2020 Best Vendor/Coffee Company award!

See the full issue here and see Stan’s on page 70

 

Bonita Blues Festival 2020

Stan’s Coffee is once again honored to participate in the Bonita Blues Festival of 2020 on March 13th and 14th at Riverside Park in Bonita Springs, FL.

Since 2006, The Bonita Blues Charitable Foundation has been dedicated to producing one of Florida’s finest blues festivals and has donated over $308,000.00 of our net proceeds to local charities in the Southwest Florida area.

The 14th annual festival will be held in Bonita Springs most admired live musical and event venue; Riverside Park on March 13th & 14th, 2020.  The 2 day event will feature 12 regional, and international blues bands.

Year after year the awareness continues to grow along with the number of attendees that come not only from the Bonita Springs area, but from the entire country and some from outside the U.S.A.

The 100% volunteer driven foundation and Festival committee are solely dedicated to producing the finest annual blues festival in all of Southwest Florida, while donating 100% of the net proceeds to charities.

The 2020 charity benefactors will be; Music for Minors Foundation, The Music Therapy Program at the Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, and The Bonita Springs Assistance Office. All of these charities ore entirely funded through philanthropic contributions such as The Bonito Blues Charitable Foundation. The Music For Minors Foundation works closely with string orchestra and band teachers to identify qualified students who sincerely desire to make music a port of their lives but lack the financial backing to purchase an instrument.

The Music Therapy Program helps thousands of children and adolescents each year manage pain, express emotions, improve coping skills, and experience less stress and decrease pain and anxiety during medical procedures. For over 25 years, the Bonito Springs Assistance Office has served as the primary social service agency in Bonita Springs, helping residents at a time of crisis. They offer services such as a food pantry, clothing, school supplies, medications, dental needs, and life skills counseling.
To date,  over $308,000.00 has been donated.

Stan’s Coffee Joins Hoffmann Family of Companies

The Hoffmann Family Of Companies has acquired Stan’s Coffee and Food Service which was established in 1955 as a family business. In addition to selling coffee and related products, the company warehouses and sells a variety of dry grocery items to the food service industry. 

Stan’s Coffee and Food Service is a member of the UniPro Foodservice group of independent distributors in the US and operates out of its newly rebuilt 35,000 square foot facility in Lehigh Acres, FL. The company with its 31 full time employees service customers located primarily in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Manatee, and Sarasota counties. 

“As President of Stan’s Coffee and Food service, I am very excited for Stan’s to join the Hoffmann Family of Companies in the hospitality and entertainment arena. After meeting David Hoffmann and his team, I found we have the same values for our employees as well as our customers. We share many synergies and visions for Southwest Florida. I am most impressed with the progressive ideas and plans that the Hoffmanns are pursuing. I look forward to a long successful business relationship with David and his team,” states Bob Payne.

The Hoffmanns are the largest commercial real estate owners in Naples with 30+ properties valued at almost $500 million and have purchased over 20 operating businesses that employ more than 1,100 people in Southwest Florida.

“With over half a century of success, Stan’s Coffee and Food Service is a fantastic addition to the Hoffmann Family of Companies and a great fit for many of our hospitality companies. We’ll make Stan’s Coffee available at Hertz Arena and many other businesses locally and nationwide,” states David Hoffmann, chairman of Hoffmann Family of Companies. 

Stan’s Returns to the Bonita Blues Festival

Last weekend, Stan’s Coffee and Food Service was delighted to participate once again in the annual Bonita Blues Festival! A few of Stan’s employees dedicated their time on Friday and Saturday to help sell Stan’s products including coffee, cappuccino, smoothies, and other beverages in order to raise money for the event’s three charity benefactors– Music for Minors Foundation, The Music Therapy Program at the Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, and the Bonita Springs Assistant Office.

People attending the festival were very excited to see that Stan’s had returned again this year and loved being able to enjoy our coffee and smoothies as they listened to the music.

We are excited to donate 100% of our earnings from the festival to the charities involved.  Stan’s will be making a donation in the amount of $1,400 to those foundations.  If you would like more information on the Bonita Blues Festival or you would like to donate to any of these charities, feel free to visit http://www.bonitablues.com/ .

Stan’s New Look

To our valued customers and suppliers,

We are pleased to share with you an exciting change happening at Stan’s Coffee & Food Service. We are currently in the process of updating our trucks, invoices, packaging, business cards and other materials with our newly designed logo. You will notice these changes within the next few months and we hope you enjoy our new look!

Throughout this process, we will continue to provide you with the highest quality service possible. We are also expanding into the fast growing social media world, and now have a business page on Facebook. This page will help us communicate even more efficiently with our customers, and will serve as the perfect place to share news and upcoming events at Stan’s.

Your business is extremely important to us and we look forward to working with all of you as we grow and make some exciting transitions into the new look of Stan’s Coffee & Food Service.

You can find us on Facebook and “like” our page at https://www.facebook.com/stanscoffee.

Joe Lee – Outstanding Service For Over 50 Years

Joe old_edited-2On October 5, 1965, Stan’s gained what ended up to be its longest working employee.  Joe Lee was hired by the original owner of Stan’s, Stan Vosney, as a delivery man.   He delivered products for Bill Vosney, Stan’s son.

Eventually, Joe took over Bill’s sales route when Bill went in to work at the office.   Joe was now selling products to customers in Naples, Marco Island, Punta Gorda, Clewiston and Labelle.  Since Joe was new to the sales part of the business, Stan had him enrolled in the Dale Carnegie course to help improve his sales skills.

In 1969, Joe won the Accent Challenge, a national competition to see who could sell the most of the product, Accent.  Joe’s prize for winning this competition was a brand new 1969 Mustang, as seen in the picture to the left.  After this accomplishment, Joe continued to improve and move up at Stan’s Coffee Service, and now expanded his sales to the areas of Fort Myers Beach, Bonita Springs, Sanibel, and Captiva.  Joe’s dedication to sales is a strong factor in the success of Stan’s Coffee Service today.  After helping with the expansion and obtaining many new customers for Stan’s, Joe then concentrated on building up the business in the Collier County area.  He is presently semi-retired, and is soliciting new accounts throughout Stan’s entire sales market.

Along with his success in the work world, Joe is a joy to anybody he meets.  He served the community by coaching children with the Riverdale Wildcats Pop Warner football team, even winning the Junior Pee Wee division in 1985.  His light-heartedness and fantastic customer service makes him a joy to work with.  Joe always has something to say to make his customers and co-workers smile or laugh.

Without Joe’s dedication and hard work, Stan’s may not be the success that it is today.  On behalf of the entire Stan’s family, we want to thank Joe Lee for his exceptional service, and wish him a happy retirement.  Thanks, Joe! 

 

 

Organic Coffees

Java Planet Certified Organic Coffees

With today’s growing demand for organic foods, Stan’s Coffee and Food Service is excited to now be selling certified organic coffee through Java Planet.  Java Planet is a premier roasting company that offers 100% USDA Certified and Fair Trade Certified coffees.  You can choose from the list of highest quality blends including:

  • Costa Rica Organic– a dark roast with a rich taste of nut, berry and chocolate.
  • Black Magic organic blend– a medium dark roast with a rich deep aroma and full body made with coffees from Indonesia and South and Central America.
  • Sumatra Indonesia Organic– a smooth, dark full-bodied roast with hints of chocolate and caramel.
  • Good Morning Organic Blend a medium roast made with coffees from South America.  This balanced full-bodied cup of coffee is perfect for those tired mornings.

If you are interested in trying our new Organic coffees, contact us and we will be happy to assist you!

2015 Bonita Blues Festival

On March 6th and 7th 2015, Stan’s had the opportunity to participate in the Bonita Blues Festival.  Over the past 7 years, this event has raised over $76,000 to donate to three charities.  While enjoying the music from 11 different bands, we sold coffee, lemonade, and other refreshments to the crowd of over 3000 people.  Doing this, the company was able to raise $734 which will be donated to this years featured charities which are Golisano Children’s Hospital Music Therapy Program, the Music for Minors Foundation of Lee and Collier Counties, and the Bonita Springs Assistance Office.

We had a blast participating in this event.  Customers from past years of the festival were excited to see Stan’s participating again. Our Organic Mexican Chiapas coffee was very well received, customers loved it.  We are grateful to have raised the most money at the Bonita Blues Festival that we ever have in the past, and can’t wait to continue participating in future years.

For more information on the Bonita Blues Festival and its charities, you can go to http://www.bonitablues.com/

Stan’s Own Signature Roasted Coffees

Stan’s blends are roasted to exacting standards offering consistent flavor and quality with every cup.

Stan’s Signature Coffee

This is 100% Columbian world class coffee blended from various crops of the finest Columbian beans, resulting in the same full-bodied flavor, pot after pot. It has a rich, sweet aroma without being harsh or bitter. Our signature coffee is available in ground roast and whole bean.

Stan’s Select Blend Coffee

Stan’s Select Coffee is the premium blend chosen by many food service operators. It is made up of primarily Central and South American mild Arabica beans, blended with a small amount of robustas for balance and a rich, hearty flavor your customers will enjoy. It is available in ground roast and whole bean.

Stan’s Special Blend Coffee

Stan’s Special Blend was created with a balanced blend of Central and South American mild Arabic beans, with robustas added for hearty body and full flavor. The special roasting process “plumps up” the beans to expose more brewing surface and deliver more brewed coffee per ounce. This value blend is available in ground roast only.

Stan’s Special Decaffeinated Blend Coffee

Stan’s Decaffeinated Blend offers your customers the great taste of our finest blends without the caffeine. Our rich-bodied, full-flavored naturally decaffeinated coffee is available in ground roast and whole bean.