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Employment Agreement - Diedrich Coffee Inc. and Carl Mount

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October 29, 1999

Carl Mount
San Jose, CA  95120

Dear Carl:

         We are pleased to offer you the position of Vice President of
Manufacturing and Purchasing for Diedrich Coffee. This is a critical position
with our Company that will take responsibility for the total operation of our
northern California roasting plant and drive all of our continuing manufacturing
and purchasing efforts. Current concepts include Diedrich Coffee, Gloria Jean's,
Coffee People and Coffee Plantation.

Our offer is as follows:

o   Base salary - $2,692.31 per week (paid on a bi-weekly basis) which equates
    to $140,000 annually at the completion of one full year of employment

o   Incentive/Bonus plan - You will be eligible to participate in our vice
    presidents incentive plan, up to 25% of your annual base salary, which is
    paid based upon achievement of fiscal year budgeted income targets for the
    company and the successful completion of mutually agreed on individual
    objectives. Because your employment will not span our full fiscal year, we
    will prorate any award based on the amount of fiscal year remaining as you
    come on board.

o   Stock Options - The Company will issue you options to purchase 20,000 shares
    of Diedrich Coffee. The strike price of the shares will be the price of the
    shares on the day the Board approves the shares for issue. Options vest over
    3 years at a rate of 33% per year. This benefit is subject to Board

o   Signing bonus - a lump sum payment of $19,000, less applicable withholdings,
    will be made within your initial 30 days of employment.

o   Vacation - Based on your experience, you will be entitled to 3 weeks of

o   Benefits - You will participate in the company's executive benefits plan. A
    copy is attached. The benefit program may be modified from time to time.

o   401(k) participation based on current eligibility criteria.

o   Employment at will - you may resign at any time and Diedrich Coffee may
    terminate at any time, with or without cause or notice.

o   Termination not for cause - Should your employment be terminated for reasons
    other than cause (cause meaning willful misconduct, repeated failure to
    perform duties, fraud or dishonesty, felonious, or criminal acts), you will
    be entitled to a one-time payment equal to six month's salary.

o   Position reports directly to Tim Ryan - Chief Executive Officer of Diedrich

o   Start date on of before November 15, 1999.

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We look forward to your early response as part of our team and feel you will
enjoy the Monterey peninsula as a great place to work. Please confirm your
acceptance of this offer by signing and returning an executed copy to Matt

Very truly yours,

Tim Ryan
Chief Executive Officer, Diedrich Coffee

I accept the position of Vice President of Manufacturing and Purchasing,
Diedrich Coffee on the above terms and conditions.

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Carl Mount                                  Date