Learn Our History
Rich, flavorful Goodson Bros. coffee has a story that began more than a century ago.
The backdrop was the booming 1880s; the players were wholesale grocery and dry goods entrepreneurs James Franklin Goodson and his brother Milton; the setting, Morristown, Tennessee. Disappointed with the flavor of the readily available coffees, James decided to approach his supplier in New York for raw materials to test his skill at making a better coffee. Supplied with green coffee beans, James set about roasting his own blend, calling it JF Goodson Special.
The Goodson name remains contemporarily synonymous with a great cup of coffee. As a master roaster with more than 40 years of experience, James F. "Jeff" Goodson is at the helm of the family-owned and operated company, Goodson Bros. Coffee. Jeff has firmly established the Goodson Bros. Family brand and its specialty label, Cafe’ Gourmet ®, as leaders in the coffee industry, catering to discriminating coffee lovers throughout the U.S.