Dallis Bros. and Sisters: Meet Carlo Simeon!

Dallis Personnel Bios

Carlo Simeon is one of Dallis Bros. Coffee’s longest-standing employees. Whether alongside the roaster or making sure coffee gets perfectly packaged for thirsty New Yorkers, Carlo’s seen Dallis, well, grow up a lot over the years. We tore him away from his busy day to ask a few questions about his time at Dallis Bros.

Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Port au Prince.

How long have you been at Dallis Bros.?
I’ve been 30 years!

How did you get into coffee?
My friend was working here before I was. My first job here was packing coffee. I’m now roasting and packaging coffee.

What are the biggest challenges in your job?
For me, I don’t see anything hard! Roasting is the hard part. I’ve been roasting here for 20 years! Yeah, it gets more and more fun.

What’s the funnest thing about your job?
The Bosch [bagging] machine! Because I like it. I package 1-pound and 5-pound bags in it. It’s easy to use, and it’s a very nice machine! That machine has been here since 1985. I can fix some of it, but not all of it.

What’s your favorite thing about Ozone Park???
My favorite thing—I think it’s nice neighborhood, I’ve never seen anything wrong over here.

What’s your favorite coffee right now, and how do you like to prepare it?
Usually that is dark coffee, but I like tea! Green tea, any kind of green tea is what I like best.