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H. Norman Saurage Jr., November 19, 2006, age 93.

Norman Saurage Jr., the son of the founder of Community Coffee and the company's driving force for decades, has passed away. He was interested in the business to the end, offering advice and insight even from his hospital bed, his son said.

H. Norman "Cap" Saurage founded Community Coffee in Baton Rouge in 1919, when Norman Jr. was six years old. The company is still family owned, with Cap's great-grandson, Matthew, serving as its current president and Norman III serving as chairman of the board.

Norman Saurage III said his father got the company to roast its own coffee in the 1940s and later had the good business sense to start selling coffee in vacuum, or brick, packs, a European innovation. His father's greatest asset, though, were his taste buds, Norman III said.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Alma Lee and is survived by Norman III and three other children, Linda, Cary II and Roland.
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Publication:Tea & Coffee Trade Journal
Date:Feb 1, 2007
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