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Second Chance Coffee Company, LLC

We select coffee beans from the top 1%, roast on a machine we invented, deliver the same day and employ people with a felony conviction.

  • Stage Full Product Ready
  • Industry Food and Beverage
  • Location Wheaton, IL, USA
  • Currency USD
  • Founded June 2007
  • Employees 8
  • Website

Company Summary

We have created a coffee company that accomplishes two equally important objectives: producing roasted coffee beans of exceptional quality and helping transform the lives of post-prison people. Our mission is both local and demonstrably life-changing. Our customers are socially-aware and quality-conscious coffee drinkers, high-end restaurants and independent cafés trying to compete with national brands.


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    Pete Leonard
    Founder, Roast Master

    Pete is the Founder of Second Chance Coffee Company, an artisan coffee roasting business with an audacious mission: “To produce coffee of the highest caliber with people who have been marginalized.” Pete’s faith in God drives his vision for the company which began roasting coffee under the brand “I Have a Bean” in 2009. Pete invented the “BeanMaster 5000”, a commercial-scale fluid-bed roaster designed specifically to enable the company’s mission.


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    David Bea and Associates, 30 W. Monroe, Chicago
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    Mark Cantey Associates, Wheaton IL

Previous Investors

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    Jim Gallop
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    Kevin Sandahl
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    Bill Neiman