John Melancon, Founder
John Melancon founded River Road Coffees in 1998 with a desire to provide all coffee-lovers with an unusually good blend that was unparalleled in both quality and taste. Armed with over 30 years of prior experience in the coffee industry, John possessed the skills and expertise needed to manufacture and distribute superior specialty coffees. John persevered to make River Road Coffees a reality because of his belief in people’s inherent right to get a REALLY great cup of coffee at a reasonable price. Throughout River Road Coffees’ 17-year run, John has perfected the art of employing a specialized freshness valve bag and the industry’s shortest shelf time to ensure an optimal experience for his coffee-loving clients and friends. Because of John’s unwavering dedication to providing people with only the highest quality of coffee and customer service, River Road Coffees rapidly continues to grow its regional reach in both retail and delivery locations, providing unusually good coffee to new neighbors and friends each day.
Given his genetics, it probably comes as no surprise that John’s son Ian was born with a love of coffee (literally) running through his veins. Ian’s penchant for a great cup of joe, coupled with his insane skills in the kitchen, led to a natural interest in the family business. Under the tutelage of both his dad and local coffee shop owner Deborah Sowers, Ian was a quick study who was able to apply his caffeine smarts to developing his own specialized methods for roasting and sourcing quality green coffee. Ian’s unique approach and superior ability to draw out and enhance a roast’s flavor led to the development of River Road Coffees’ signature Baton Rouge blend, named after the city that the Melancon family calls home. Ian continues to build upon his industry knowledge and expertise through his active membership in the Roaster’s Guild and Specialty Coffee Association. Ian’s genuine passion and excitement for his craft drives his unquenchable thirst to explore the latest discoveries and trends in coffee innovation, and he regularly consults with world-class roasters to ensure that River Road Coffees remains on the leading edge of specialty coffee production. In addition to producing the best cup of coffee imaginable, Ian also enjoys long walks on the beach.