– Our Story –
We believe every good cup of coffee is part of a vision
A vision to indulge in the delicious result of hundreds of hours of labor and thousands of miles of transit. Since 1995, the Goodman family and our partners have been striving to carry out this vision, from our earliest venture in 1995 as one of the first specialty coffee shops in Chattanooga, to the creation of Goodman Coffee Roasters in 2016.
Goodman Coffee recognizes the only way for a holistic vision to succeed is by honoring every piece of the story. This means celebrating the centuries-old history of land and farmer by partnering directly with producers, ensuring every square hectare of land and pair of hands holds inherent value in the movement from farm to consumer. It means we develop relationships that transcend profit margins, and strive to protect those origins by roasting, brewing, and serving our coffee with integrity.
We cup obsessively, profile each coffee individually, roast attentively, and blend intelligently.
It is our hope that specialty coffee becomes synonymous with intention - intention to cultivate equity, conversation, and education. And in the process, deliver a cup of coffee that has been curated to the highest quality.
– Ian Goodman –
master roaster, CO-owner
Ian began his coffee career as a teenager studying under a roaster in St. Louis, Missouri. As a college student, he launched Greyfriar’s Coffee and Tea in 1995 in Chattanooga, signaling the arrival of 3rd Wave specialty coffee to the town. In 1999, he brought in a 12-kilo Samiac roasting machine and began roasting coffee in-house, creating one of the largest independent roasteries in the South until he sold the company in 2007.