Paul Delima Timeline

In the Beginning (1902): It began more than 100 years ago. In 1902 a young woman named Ella Barber deLima visited her husband's family in Brazil on their coffee plantation. Intrigued by the artistry and beauty of coffee, she returned home to Syracuse, New York where she began experimenting with roasting coffee in her kitchen. She and her son Paul would deliver it to local stores daily.

Out of the Kitchen (1916): Ella's coffee was gaining local fame, and her son Paul, saw opportunity in his mother's artistry, with his savvy Paul deLima Coffee was officially born. Mother and son quickly became known for their great coffee throughout the region, with Teddy Roosevelt even giving it a Bully rating. By 1916 we were out of the kitchen and into production facilities. Customers were warned if they didn't serve Ella's coffee properly, she'd take it away from them, a promise she made good on more than once.


Developing Coffee (1917-1945): We kept expanding and implementing new technologies as our roster of customers continued to grow. By the end of World War II Paul deLima had become a major player in the coffee industry.


Changing Focus (1960s): As the coffee industry changed and larger corporations and national brands began overtaking regional roasters, Paul deLima Coffee shifted focus toward Food Service. By servicing hospitals, restaurants, and healthcare facilities throughout the region.


The New Era (1990s): With over 6,000 food service customers and growing, the decision was made to build a state of the art roasting facility and move our roasters in. By the end of the 1996 we were roasting, grinding, and packaging coffees for customers all over the northeast.

Today: Paul Delima continues to grow as one of the nations premier specialty coffee roasters. The commitment to quality that mother and son instilled in us more than a century ago still runs strong in our efforts, as well as a little caffeine. As our customer's needs evolve, we will continue to change but our focus on creating consistently great coffee will never change. Our sense of pride in our community and our business has inspired us to excellence in all we do.