CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Tyler Mountain Water Co. has purchased McCune Coffee for an undisclosed amount of money, the company announced.Officials from South Charleston-based McCune sent a letter to their customers telling them that the sale was official Aug. 10."I made this decision after much deliberation, but ultimately, I felt this was in the best interest of my customers, my employees, my family and me," owner Paul McCune wrote in part in the letter. "However, I am very pleased to report that I will be working with Tyler Mountain to continue to service all of you plus their customers. Tyler Mountain will continue to sell you all of the outstanding brands of coffee that McCune Coffee has supplied you for many years."When reached Tuesday, Paul McCune said he has been sick for a while.
"I've had cancer for the last 10 years," he said. "I'm 73 now. I just needed to about half-retire."McCune suffers with multiple myeloma, a blood disease. He will oversee the coffee department for Tyler Mountain.McCune, whose company served 400 customers in the Charleston area, had the option to pick between eight companies when he chose Tyler Mountain."I elected to sell to Tyler Mountain because of the kind of people they are and the rapport that I have with him," he said.McCune had been in the coffee business almost 50 years and opened his own company in 1980, he said.Tyler Mountain President Richard Merrill said McCune Coffee is very well known and respected in the industry."He's forgotten more about coffee than I'll ever know," Merrill said. "He really is a great resource."Tyler Mountain, which is based at the Rock Branch Industrial Park in Poca, has been in the coffee business for a number of years, as well, Merrill said.Reach Lori Kersey at firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-348-1240.