The five story building housed offices, a warehouse, and a processing plant. From this building the Folgers company oversaw the introduction of coffee beans from Central America, which completely changed the coffee market in the United States.
The top floor of the building held the California campus of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania for many years. In 2011, the Folgers Coffee Company building was bought by the University of San Francisco, and it is now used as by business majors due to its close proximity to many corporations. Even though coffee is no longer being produced in the building, its heritage can be seen by the company's logo that still occupies the exterior.