#023: When coffee runs through your veins; a family institution - Paul Dimattina

By Jordan Michaelides
July 19, 2017

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Image:  Paul Dimattina (on left)

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Paul Dimattina’s (@dimattinacoffee) family has been part of the coffee industry for over 50 years. The founding of Mocopan by Paul’s uncles & father paved the way for many well-known brands in the industry including Coffex, Crivelli, Grinders, and Genovese. The heritage of Mocopan, and a necessity to fend for his family led Paul to start Dimattina Coffee in 1998.

Paul has a strong emphasis on family, heritage and the importance of the simple things in life. This episode is more of a personal one; I’ve known Paul my entire life with him being a close family friend and godfather to my sister - he can just about make anyone laugh. And for that, he personifies the fact that hospitality can bring people closer together.

In this episode we covered:

  • Childhood memories
  • Family history
  • How his family got into coffee
  • How hospitality can be a rewarding lifestyle
  • The impact Mocopan had on the industry
  • Why he started Dimattina coffee
  • How he’d describe the industry now
  • Where the industry is starting to go
  • Advice to those wanting to enter the industry
  • The relationship between cafe & coffee label

Enjoy the episode, 
Jordan & Lauren




Show notes

  • Childhood memories {05:56}  
  • Family history {07:30}
  • How his family got into coffee {10:10}
  • How hospitality can be a rewarding lifestyle {14:09}
  • The impact Mocopan had on the industry {17:56}
  • One-liners, principles and hobbies {19:50}
  • On his eccentric late Aunt {25:58}
  • Lessons learnt from his parents {28:30}
  • The importance of having fun at work {31:20}
  • On today’s technology and how it affects time {33:10}
  • Why he started Dimattina coffee {37:22}
  • How he’d describe the industry now {48:29}
  • Where the industry is starting to go {56:22} 
  • Advice to those wanting to enter the industry {01:01:05}
  • The relationship between cafe & coffee label {01:02:41}
  • What he would do differently {01:05:21}
  • If he could have a billboard anywhere {01:08:03}
  • Best purchase under $200 {01:08:47}
  • Exercise routine {01:09:11}
  • Something he’s most proud of {01:09:55}
  • An obsession he explores in his spare time {01:11:40}
  • An insight that’s obvious to him but not others {01:12:50}

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