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This excerpt taken from the JVA DEF 14A filed Feb 28, 2008.

General

Coffee Holding Co., Inc. (“Coffee Holding”) is a Nevada corporation. As used in this proxy statement, “we,” “us” and “our” refer to Coffee Holding. The term “Annual Meeting” as used in this proxy statement includes any adjournment or postponement of the meeting.

We have sent you this proxy statement and enclosed proxy card because the Board of Directors is soliciting your proxy to vote at the Annual Meeting. This proxy statement summarizes the information you will need to know to cast an informed vote at the Annual Meeting. You do not need to attend the Annual Meeting to vote your shares. You may simply complete, sign and return the enclosed proxy card and your votes will be cast for you at the Annual Meeting. This process is described below in the section entitled “Voting Rights.”

We began mailing this proxy statement, the Notice of Annual Meeting and the enclosed proxy card on or about February 28, 2008 to all stockholders entitled to vote. If you owned common stock of Coffee Holding at the close of business on February 26, 2008, the record date, you are entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting. On the record date, there were 5,504,930 shares of common stock outstanding.

This excerpt taken from the JVA DEF 14A filed Feb 28, 2006.

General

The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee of the Board of Directors has nominated seven persons for election as directors at the Annual Meeting. If you elect the nominees, they will hold office for the term set forth opposite their names or until their successors have been elected.

We know of no reason why any nominee may be unable to serve as a director. If any nominee is unable to serve, your proxy may vote for another nominee proposed by the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. If for any reason these nominees prove unable or unwilling to stand for election, the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee will nominate alternates or reduce the size of the Board to eliminate the vacancy. The Board of Directors has no reason to believe that its nominees would prove unable to serve if elected.

Name

 

Age(1)

 

Term Expires

 

Position(s) Held With Coffee Holding

 

Director Since

                                            

     

 

     

 

     

 

     

 

Gerard DeCapua

 

44

 

2007

 

Director

 

1997

Daniel Dwyer

 

49

 

2009

 

Director

 

1998

Andrew Gordon

 

44

 

2009

 

President, Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Director

 

1997

David Gordon

 

41

 

2008

 

Executive Vice President – Operations, Secretary
and Director

 

1995

Barry Knepper

 

55

 

2009

 

Director

 

2008

John Rotelli

 

47

 

2008

 

Director

 

2005

Robert M. Williams

 

46

 

2007

 

Director

 

2005

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(1)

As of January 31, 2006.

The principal occupation and business experience of each nominee for election as director are set forth below. Unless otherwise indicated, each of the following persons has held his or her present position for the last five years.

Gerard DeCapua has served as a director of Coffee Holding since 1997. Mr. DeCapua has had his own law practice in Rockville Centre, New York since 1986. Mr. DeCapua received his law degree from Pace University.

Daniel Dwyer has served as a director of Coffee Holding since 1998. Mr. Dwyer has been a senior coffee trader at Rothfos Corporation, a green coffee bean supplier, since 1995. Mr. Dwyer is responsible for our account with Rothfos. We paid Rothfos approximately $6.1 million and $13.0 million for green coffee purchases in fiscal 2004 and 2005, respectively, and expect to pay it a similar amount in fiscal 2006. All purchases are made on arms’ length terms.

Andrew Gordon has been the Chief Executive Officer, President, Treasurer and a director of Coffee Holding since 1997 and its Chief Financial Officer since November 2004. He is responsible for managing Coffee Holding’s overall business and has worked for Coffee Holding for over 21 years, previously as a Vice President from 1993 to 1997. Mr. Gordon has worked in all capacities of Coffee Holding’s business and serves as the direct contact with its major private label accounts. In addition, Mr. Gordon publishes a weekly report that is distributed to our customers and is perceived by many of his peers and customers as a coffee market expert. Mr. Gordon received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Emory University. He is the brother of David Gordon.

David Gordon has been the Executive Vice President – Operations, Secretary and a director of Coffee Holding since 1995. He is responsible for managing all aspects of Coffee Holding’s roasting and blending operations, including quality control, and, has worked for Coffee Holding for over 23 years, previously as an Operating Manager from 1989 to 1995. He is a charter member of the Specialty Coffee Association of America. Mr. Gordon attended Baruch College in New York City. He is the brother of Andrew Gordon.



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Barry Knepper has served as a director of Coffee Holding since 2005. From July 2004 to the present, Mr. Knepper has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of CFO Business Solutions, a management consulting firm. Mr. Knepper was the Chief Financial Officer for TruFoods Corporation, a growth oriented franchise management company from April 2001 through June 2004. From January 2000 through March 2001 he was the Chief Financial Officer of Offline Entertainment, an early stage television and motion picture production company. From 1982 through 1999 he served as the Chief Financial Officer of Unitel Video, Inc., a publicly traded nationwide high tech service company in the television, film and new media fields.

John Rotelli has served as a director of Coffee Holding since 2005. Mr. Rotelli has over twenty five years of experience in the coffee industry and is currently Vice President of L.J. Cooper Company, one of the largest green coffee brokers and agents in North America. He is also Vice Chairman of the Green Coffee Association.

Robert M. Williams has served as a director of Coffee Holding since 2005. Mr. Williams has been a principal of R. Madison, Inc., a national sales, distribution, sourcing and business development firm, since 2003. From 2002 to 2003, he was the Executive Vice President, Sales & Marketing for Lodis Corporation, a fine leather goods manufacturer. From May 2001 to January 2002, he was the Vice President of Sales, Central & Eastern North America, of Hartmann, Inc., the leather and luggage goods division of Brown-Forman Corporation, and from 1997 to May 2001 he served as its Director, Personal Leather Goods & Accessories. Mr. Williams received a Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, Marketing from the University of South Carolina, Columbia in 1981.

The Board of Directors unanimously recommends a vote “FOR” all of the nominees for election as directors.




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