After earning his degree in entrepreneurial management, David moved to New Hampshire knowing he wanted to start his own business.
In 2001, he began experimenting with a small tabletop coffee roaster because he couldn’t find a coffee he enjoyed. It was always too bitter or acidic, upsetting his stomach. With his wife, Melissa, they began sourcing coffee beans from around the world and roasting them in their kitchen. Then, in the morning, they’d brew the freshly roasted beans and taste each sample.
The research and development phase at Mad River Coffee Roasters was exciting for them. Did they try some bad beans? Sure. But, with every cup of coffee they tasted, they sunk deeper into a community rich in culture, ecology, and global responsibility.
By 2004, their hobby had expanded to a viable business idea and Dave and Melissa opened Mad River Coffee Roasters, offering their small batch roasted coffee beans to wholesale partners. After an exciting first year, in 2005, they opened Mad River Coffee House in Campton, New Hampshire.
We are fortunate to have an amazing staff. From our bakers who arrive at 4 a.m. to our part time high-schoolers, they bring the fun every day.
Our leadership team has helped us grow and expand beyond our dreams. We couldn’t do this without their support and teamwork.
My love for cooking started very young with my mother as my role model. She was an amazing cook and I’m very grateful to have acquired this skill naturally.
My career started on fishing boats in California, taking me to the king crab industry in Alaska. It was an AMAZING experience. At 19, I moved from the open ocean to land to continue my life-long career in the food industry. This truly is my passion and I will remain here with my very special family at Mad River Coffee House until retirement sweeps me away!
My favorite way to drink Mad River Coffee is on my porch watching the sunrise with the birds.
I worked my way through college as a barista here at Mad River Coffee and eventually became a line cook. In doing so, I fell in love with cooking and went on to become a sous chef in Buffalo, New York, where I’m originally from.
I loved the White Mountains area so much I came back to reprise my role in the kitchen–with a little more experience and a lot more responsibility!
My favorite way to drink Mad River Coffee is by a fire in the fall.
I’m the lead coffee roaster here at Mad River Coffee and I grew up in New Hampshire.
My appreciation for local community, small business, and good people is what lead me to Mad River Coffee and what keeps me here. When I’m not roasting you can find me in the mountains or on the riverbeds trailing after a good dog.
My favorite way to drink Mad River Coffee is outdoors.
Front of House Manager