Empire Coffee Roasters is a Leader in
Private Label Roasting

A Commitment to Excellence Pound After Pound

In 1984, Robert Richter and Steve Dunefsky (retired) founded Empire Coffee Roasters to provide private label options to office coffee service (OCS) and food service distributors across the country. The business grew, and in 1994 moved to its current Port Chester, New York location—a 40,000 square foot facility dedicated to roasting, grinding and packaging coffee for clients of all sizes. Empire keeps evolving, too; in 2013, the company began developing custom retail packaging for its in-house brands including Waterfront Roasters and Rainforest Java. Now, Empire is committed as ever to providing the best coffee at competitive prices.

Our Executive Team

Founder and CEO

Robert Richter

Robert founded Empire in 1984 and is a third generation coffee roaster. He oversees all sales, green coffee sourcing and cupping at Empire.
VP of Operations - 19 years with Empire

Todd Good

Todd manages the day-to-day roasting, grinding and packaging operations at Empire. Todd is also responsible for logistics and facilities management as Empire's SQF Practitioner.
VP of Sales - 17 years with Empire

Mike Riger

Vice President of Sales Mike Riger has been with Empire since October of 2000. He manages many of Empire’s large institutional and retail accounts as well as Empire’s broker network. Mike also coordinates Empire’s participation in national trade shows.
VP of Brand Development - 5 years with Empire

Jason Richter

Jason oversees the development of new packaging, labels and materials to grow Empire's brands. He also works closely with his father on sales and green coffee sourcing.
Accounting/HR Director - 15 years with Empire

Omayra Hernandez

Omayra is responsible for managing Empire's accounts payable and receivable while also overseeing Human Resources.
Accounting - 15 years with Empire

Dina Herrera

Dina is responsible for Empire's AP and daily accounting needs.
Office Manager - 10 years with Empire

Lilly Navas

Lilly manages the front office and is also responsible for managing inventory and order processing.
Plant Engineer - 16 years with Empire

John Kuzma

John is responsible for the daily upkeep of our roastery. John is an expert in coffee roasting, grinding and packaing equipment.