Building on the emergence of coffee culture nearly 40 years ago, Gloria Jean Kvetko and her husband Ed saw an opportunity to offer high-quality specialty coffee in a warm and friendly environment in their home town, just north of Chicago, Illinois. The concept was an instant success, and, in 1996, it attracted the attention of Nabi Saleh, an Australian businessman and coffee connoisseur. Nabi brought Gloria Jean’s Coffees to Australia with his partner Peter Irvine. In 2005, they purchased the global brand and develop-ment rights, wanting to make Gloria Jean’s Coffees the most loved and respected coffee company in the world.