Jim Miller, of Coffee Importers, wins national “Fresh Thinking” contest

Jim Miller, owner of Coffee Importers, shows off his new Traulsen refrigerator, which he was awarded when his micro-chipping concept won the company’s nationwide Fresh Thinking contest. Photo by Andrea Papagianis
Jim Miller, owner of Coffee Importers, shows off his new Traulsen refrigerator, which he was awarded when his micro-chipping concept won the company’s nationwide Fresh Thinking contest. Photo by Andrea Papagianis

By Andrea Papagianis

The simple notion of having a self-monitoring system on refrigerators to track temperatures made one local coffee shop owner a nationally recognized winner this week, and the proud new owner of a Traulsen—the Cadillac of restaurant-grade refrigerators.

Jim Miller, the longtime owner of Coffee Importers in the OC Dana Point Harbor, received news last week that his idea was chosen in Traulsen’s nationwide Fresh Thinking contest. The company, which provides foodservice refrigeration equipment, reaches out to customers to improve their line of products.

With a weekly checking of his system’s temperature, Miller knew there had to be a better way. Why not have a micro-chip collecting data and sending it to an application of his smart phone? Traulsen agreed and sent Miller, and Coffee Importers, an upgraded refrigerator Monday morning.

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