The dilapidated “Building No. 3” in the former Hamm’s Brewery complex in St. Paul doesn’t prompt thoughts of warm south seas breezes and swaying palm trees. But the entrepreneur trying to buy the building hopes to soon be roasting millions of pounds of Hawaiian coffee in it.
Jean-Claude Drui, owner of a thriving coffee-roasting business in Kapolei, Hawaii, offered to purchase the long-abandoned, three-story building, St. Paul city officials disclosed last week. Hamm’s used it to dry grain.