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History of America's "National Drink"
Back in the days of the Boston Tea Party, drinking coffee became an act of patriotism as Americans protested the excessive tax levied by King George III on their tea. The Continental Congress, as a result, made coffee the "national drink".
Coffee houses soon became gathering places for people such as Paul Revere, John Adams, George Washington and others known as the Sons of Liberty. The Declaration of Independence had its first public reading outside the Merchant's Coffee House in Philadelphia. Later a New York City coffee house served as the stage for a hero's welcome of General Washington upon his arrival to be inaugurated as our first president.
Not only did coffee promote the spirit of our nation, but business was often conducted in these favorite gathering places. The New York Stock Exchange evolved from the Tontine Coffee House. Other important cities saw their coffee houses become hubs of political discussion and commerce.
George C. Washington and His Company
Over a century later in 1908, as George C. Washington (who claimed to be a distant relative of our first president) was waiting for his wife to join him for coffee on their coffee plantation in Guatemala when he noticed a powdery substance forming on the spout of his silver coffee pot. Being intrigued as both a chemist and an inventor, he experimented further. His determination led him to establish the first commercial instant coffee process with his company, the G. Washington Coffee Refining Company of Morris Plains, New Jersey. During World War I, the company's entire output was requisitioned by the US Army to provide the soldiers with their "cup of George" in the valiant effort to defend Europe. His company maintained its dominance in the coffee market for several decades.
George Washington Inn
More recently, in the development of George Washington Inn on Washington's beautiful Olympic Peninsula, the owners began a search for a fine coffee that would honor our founding father's legacy. The setting of a west-coast Mount Vernon replica seemed to call for a beverage that would link the historical aspects of George Washington's era to the 21st century. Upon discovering the family connection through the former G. Washington Coffee Refining Company, there was an added impetus to carry on the coffee tradition.
®, a specialty gourmet coffee, was reborn with a commitment to live up to the high standard set by the Washington name and the former company.George Washington Coffee
During 2011, Massachusetts Institute of Technology's 150th anniversary
celebration features a vintage coffee can on loan from George
Washington Coffee in their MIT150 Entrepreneurial display.
Washington's Finest Coffee
Today, only the finest Arabica coffee beans are hand-picked and gathered from the lush verdant mountainsides of coffee-producing countries located near the equator where coffee grows best. With great care they are blended and roasted to perfection by the best specialty coffee roast masters and offered for sale in gift shops and online.
Our commitment here at George Washington Coffee® is to provide you with the finest coffee in the world, making your "cup of George" a savored moment in your day.
Try some...you will love it! Click here ordering information.
The Washington Family by Edward Savage ~ National Gallery of Art
"At length...I am become a private citizen on the banks of the Potomac, and under the shadow of my own Vine and my own Fig-tree, free from the bustle of a camp and the busy scenes of public life, I am solacing myself with those tranquil enjoyments, of which the Soldier who is ever in pursuit of fame, the Statesman whose watchful days and sleepless nights are spent in devising schemes to promote the welfare of his own, perhaps the ruin of other countries, as if this globe was insufficient for us all, and the Courtier who is always watching the countenance of his Prince, in hopes of catching a gracious smile, can have very little conception. I am not only retired from all public employments, but I am retiring within myself; and shall be able to view the solitary walk, and tread the paths of private life with heartfelt satisfaction. Envious of none, I am determined to be pleased with all; and this my dear friend, being the order for my march, I will move gently down the stream of life, until I sleep with my Fathers." ....as written by George Washington in a letter to his friend, the Marquis de Lafayette, February 1, 1784.