Katie's Blog

How the Military Helped Launch King Bean

November 8, 2017

You might not realize this, but King Bean is a veteran-owned business. Yes, our owner, Kurt was enlisted during the first Gulf War.

And actually, we have the military to thank for giving Kurt, the knowledge, drive and discipline to start his own business.

Let me explain: When Kurt joined the military, he left his corner of the south on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina and headed to the opposite corner of the opposite coast. He was stationed on Whidbey Island, near Seattle, Washington, coffee Mecca at the time. How would he ever have discovered coffee had he not been in the right place at the right time?  Also, while in the Navy Kurt worked in aviation electronics, learning and implementing new skills. His time in the service finessed his knowledge of electronics and machinery—a big part of our business (Hello! our own repair shop!)

After four years of service, he packed up his 1971 Toyota Celica with two espresso machines—one for his parents’ restaurant and one for himself to sell and drove back to his hometown of Hilton Head Island. This was the beginning of King Bean. You can read more about our story here.

So here we are, twenty-three years later, in a place where we never would have been had not Kurt enlisted. Isn’t it interesting how life works out?

We actually have two veterans in our family. Kurt (who is my husband) served during the Gulf War; my father served during Vietnam. In the strange synchronicity of the world, my father was also stationed on Whidbey Island for a time and worked in aviation mechanics in a very similar position as Kurt.

So thank you to Kurt, my father, and all the veterans who sacrificed to defend our country.

Thank you to the military personnel who inspired my husband to take charge, to start his own business and haul espresso machines back to South Carolina.

Thank you for those that continue to serve, at home and abroad.  Thank you to their families who also make their own set of sacrifices.

We salute you all.

Katie Weinberger