Ellis Throughout the Years

What do Allen Cuthbert, Frances Bond, 13-year-old John Ellis, the Strauss family, and the Kestenbaum family all have in common? They are all connected by their shared passion for a coffee roastery that has withstood the test of time. From individuals who have witnessed its evolution firsthand to the families who have passed down the tradition, watch this video to learn about the unique legacy of our remarkable coffee business.

“In addition to our coffee, the other thing we are really proud of

is our history.”

– Adam Kestenbaum

President, Ellis Coffee Company

Before the existence of digital signage, our giant coffee pot reigned supreme.

Embark on a journey through time and immerse yourself in the fascinating history of our iconic building once located at 9 South 16th Street in Philadelphia, USA. The iconic presence of a colossal coffee pot perched atop the roof greeted passersby, radiating an alluring aroma for blocks around. Step into the world of this remarkable building, where sight, smell, and history converged to create an unforgettable experience…

What was it like to be a delivery boy at the Ellis Coffee Pot Building?

Stafford K., a former Ellis delivery boy from 1944-45 shares his memories of 9 S. 16th Street after being served Ellis coffee at his local breakfast spot.

John Ellis

Who Was John Ellis?

John Ellis was just thirteen years old when family friend E.B Morris suggested he take out a loan to purchase the 54-year-old coffee importing company he worked for. What happens next? Read the fascinating story.

Longevity Speaks for Itself

For 168 years, we have honed our skills, refined our processes, and mastered the art of coffee roasting. We carry a legacy of passion and expertise that is unmatched in the market. When you choose Ellis Coffee, you are not just buying a product; you are becoming a part of a legacy that spans generations.