EMERYVILLE Calif. Alfred Peet, founder of Peet’s Coffee & Tea and a catalyst for the premium-coffee boom of the past two decades, died at his home in Ashland, Ore., on Aug. 29 at age 87. The cause of death was reportedly cancer. The European-born Peet introduced many residents of Berkeley, Calif., to premium and specialty coffees when he opened the original Peet's outlet there in 1966. Virtually all of the coffee served in the United States at the time was made from robusta beans, ...

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