St. Louis was leading the country with coffee roasting during the late 1800s and early 1900s this hub made coffee an important resource within their economy. Some pioneering coffee firms in the area were; David G. Evans & Co.; James H. Forbes; Wm. Schotten & Co.; Fred W. Meyer; H. & J. Menown; Cavanaugh, Rearick & Co.; and Frederick A. Churchill & Company By 1920 there were over 86 coffee roasters locally.(1)
In 1962 Old Judge Coffee sold to Chock- Full-O-Nuts, but the smell of cinnamon can still be found lingering within the building.(2) The building was revamped again in 1977 creating a home for restaurants, businesses, and even back to its roots in coffee. Historic St. Louis is a hub for industrial buildings, but this landmark is one no coffee lover should miss.