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Brooklyn Daily Eagle

February 25, 2000

D’AMICO COFFEE HELPS KIWANIANSFrank D’Amico, Sr. and Frank D’Amico, Jr. of D’Amico Foods Brooklyn, roasters of estate grown coffee since 1948, will donate ten cents for each pound of coffee sold in their retail store at 309 court street during the month of March to the West End Brooklyn Kiwanis Club which sponsors a Summer Program for Special Children.

Frank Polemeni, President of Kiwanis Club of West End, was present at D’Amico Foods last weekend to start the campaign to help raise money for special children Kiwanis programs. The Kiwanis West End Club is one of 14 Kiwanis groups in Brooklyn raising funds for various projects to make life easier for Brooklyn children.

Frank D’Amico, Jr. is the third generation intaking over the responsibility of operating the Carroll Gardens business. Back more than 5 years ago, in early 1948, Emanuele D’Amico rented a brownstone storefront at 309 Court Street in Brooklyn, New York and began a tradition of quality and good service which has continued and grown.

With a bold, old fashioned machine Emanuele blended and roasted the finest coffee beans and the pleasantly, rich aroma spilled out in the neighborhood. The fragrance drew in customers and the found the little store enjoyable and warm. Soon imported olive oils, canned goods, spices and cheese joined the sacks of coffee beans that lined the walls and D”Amico Foods became a Caroll Gardens landmark.

Today, Emanuele’s son, Frank, now a bit past 70, is still actively running the store. He has created a catalogue with a variety of exotic names and everyday coffees. There is a Brazil Light, CIlumbian Light, Copenhagen, Costa Rica-Pablo Tarazu. Hawaii Kauai, New Orleans, Kenya, Jamaica Blue Mountain, Tanzania Peaberry, Tip of the Andes and many others all tantalizing nostrils. There are also eh Cobble Hill Blend, the Carroll Gardens Blend and the Park Slope Coffee, all a bit different and from Central America, from Africa, from Indonesia and Hawaii, from all over the world.