Jameson Spohn, the operator of the small but nationally known Uncommon Grounds coffee-roasting company in Berkeley, died Aug. 24 at his home in Vallejo of heart failure. He was 54.
Spohn had purchased the small coffee company in 2010 after serving as chief coffee roaster there for a number of years. As “roastmaster” he developed a roasting technique that produced strong but mellow coffee — contrasting with harsh-tasting coffee from corporate-chain coffee roasters.
Based largely on a word-of-mouth reputation, the small firm has developed a broad group of clients and currently ships its full line of coffees to restaurants, stores and businesses nationwide.