After Prison, He Fell In Love With Coffee. Now, His Cafes Are Taking Over The East Bay


John Krause believes in second chances. After spending over a decade in and out of jail in the Bay Area, including a stint at San Quentin State Prison, he got sober and turned his life around with the discovery of a newfound passion.

“After spending most of my life in prison, and addicted to drugs and homeless, I just fell in love with coffee,” said John Krause, founder of Big House Beans.

In 2014, Krause and his wife, LeeAnn Krause, co-founded a coffee business. Originally a roasting business based in Antioch, Big House Beans soon expanded by opening a cafe in Brentwood. Now, new locations are popping up in Walnut Creek and Oakland’s Temescal neighborhood (the Walnut Creek location is set to open at the end of this month; Temescal’s at the end of March).

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