A 30-year CPG marketing veteran, DePaolis’ prior experience includes 20 years in natural/organic helping brands including Cascadian Farm, Country Choice Organic, Barbara’s, and most recently Oatly, connect to their consumers. He plays on a futsal team and has a goal of visiting every brewery in the state of MN.
What’s your dream job?
Park Ranger helping kids discover the great outdoors.
What’s your favorite pairing with coffee?
Panettone (Italian sweet bread), and yes, I do dunk!
If you could have coffee with anyone, living or dead, who’d it be?
One more espresso with my father.
Where are you to be found when not at Peace Coffee?
Outdoors–pedaling, paddling, or plodding along a trail.
What’s your favorite fashion faux pas to commit?
Bike shoes in breweries (but not bike shorts). NO SPANDEX AFTER 40!
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
Actually, my goal is to travel EVERYwhere around the world, as an instructor on a semester-at-sea boat.
If someone made you into a cartoon or comic character, what would that character’s most prominent feature be?
Pragmatism (“Uh, Shaggy? I don’t think Scooby can really process and communicate complex thoughts.”)
What is the best bike ride you’ve ever taken & why?
A 5-day trip through Provence with my wife to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. The right pace to experience the land, people, and culture of the region.
What music keeps you going while at work?
Whatever pops up on the Amazon channel-du-jour. I have eclectic taste, ranging from classical to classic rock.
What Peace Coffee products do you recommend?
All Peace Coffee is grown and roasted with care so you can’t go wrong with any choice. Give Peace a chance (just sayin’).