Diedrich Roasters Names Karl J Schmidt CEO

Sandpoint, ID, April 8, 2019 – Diedrich Roasters, LLC a leading manufacturer of specialty batch roasting systems based in Sandpoint, Idaho announced today that its Board of Managers has appointed Karl J Schmidt as CEO. Mr. Schmidt succeeds Michael Paquin who is retiring after serving as Diedrich Roasters’ CEO for the past seven years.

Mr. Schmidt previously held the position of President and Board Member of the Probat Group of Companies in North America. He has been an iconic leader in the Coffee & Cocoa industries for the past 30 years.

“We are thankful for Mike’s (Paquin) leadership of the past seven years and are excited to welcome Karl as our next CEO of Diedrich. During this time of growth and consolidation in the coffee industry, there is no better person to lead Diedrich Roasters,” commented Allen Tibshrany, Diedrich’s lead Board Member and Managing Director at City Capital Ventures, a Chicago-based investment firm.

“Karl is a proven industry leader with clear business vision, customer-centric focus, deep industry knowledge, and world-class engineering & design know-how. His vision for how roasting technology and innovation will be used and experienced by customers around the world is exactly what Diedrich needs as we enters our next chapter.”

Schmidt takes the helm, as Diedrich continues to expand its global presence by providing roasting solutions to its customers. “For almost 40 years, the Diedrich name has been synonymous with specialty roasting.” remarked Mr. Schmidt. “I am excited to lead the Company into its next phase of growth and innovation while building upon its values of roasting excellence.”

About Diedrich Roasters

Diedrich Roasters is a leader in designing and manufacturing of specialty batch roasting systems. Designed and built by craftsman for craftsmen. Diedrich capitalizes on its industry reputation for high quality products and services, proprietary roasting technology, and dedication to continuously improving roaster performance and build quality with the latest technology and innovations. Our future is committed to the advancement of roasting technology and original product development. To learn more or build your own Diedrich roaster, please visit, call 877.263.1276 or e- mail

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