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About Goodman Coffee

Launched in 2016, Goodman Coffee began as a roastery in the St. Elmo neighborhood of Chattanooga, Tennessee, until opening a full retail coffeeshop in Warehouse Row in October 2016. Started by master roasters Ian Goodman and Aric Annear, they combined their 35 years of specialty coffee experience to bring a unique selection of the finest coffees in the world to the Southeast US. Put simply, at Goodman Coffee, we cup obsessively, profile each coffee individually, roast attentively, and blend intelligently.

Ian Goodman 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, signalling 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.

Aric Annear got his first barista job at 18, training under Bob Bernstein of Bongo Java in Nashville, Tennessee. After returning home, he worked in and managed several coffeeshops until landing at Greyfriar’s in 2002, where he trained under Ian as a roaster until taking over the roasting and wholesale programs between 2002 and 2006. In 2006, he moved to Seattle, where he took over Fremont Coffee Company as an owner and launched a roastery in the basement of the shop before eventually returning to Chattanooga in 2012.

Born out of a passion for the bean, Goodman Coffee aims to bring an unprecedented selection of the world’s best coffee varietals, roasted and prepared by a team of experts to give you the best cup of coffee you’ve ever had.