Great Grandpa and Founder of Stewarts Coffee, William Stewart, formulated our 106-year-old Stewarts Private Blend Coffee. To this day we still prepare Stewarts Private Blend the same way!
1933 to 1934
Hosted in the City of Chicago, Stewarts Coffee was selected to represent as "Chicago's Official Coffee" for the "1933-34 World's Fair - A Century of Progress."
Under private contract, United States personnel requested Stewarts Coffee to formulate a special coffee blend to keep the United States Military and Air Forces awake and alert for extended periods of time.
William and his son Donald R. Stewart provided our Signature Private Blend as private labels to some of Chicago's elite establishments: the famous Drake Hotel and the historical Marshall Field and Company Building.
Stewarts Coffee was selected to be the official boxcar coffee for the revolutionary Chicago Great Western Railway. Connecting Chicago to Minneapolis, Omaha and Kansas City.
Stewarts pushed advertising to gain brand recognition. You may have seen Stewarts advertisements on The Hillside-Chicago Loop Bus with our old-school white can!
1980's & 90's
Stewarts thrived in the restaurant and office coffee services, and retail services. Stewarts Coffee expanded into making flavored syrups for a flavorful twist to our signature coffee.
With goals to gain community recognition, Stewarts fabricated our very own mobile Serving Truck! With capabilities to serve thousands, we actively support charitable events across the entire Chicago Metro area. Some of our most memorable moments include the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, Late Ride, Relay for Life, and recently Chicago's Walk to End Alzheimer's.
Our 100-year anniversary occurring in 2013! We celebrated with the wrapping of a 1985 Buick Grand National as a Stewarts Race Car! Focusing on progressing forward with a new age of emerging coffee fanatics, Stewarts Coffee shifted focus to manufacturing the right products for our loyal and new customers. Products such as 12oz bags and Kcups.
Project Donate is born. The first platform for coffee drinkers to purchase monthly coffee and donate to the awareness cause of their choice at the same time. We want to provide coffee community an opportunity to come together as one and make a difference for communities everywhere.
105 years later and Stewarts Coffee remains family owned through four generations! Since the beginning we have had the pleasure of naming Chicago our home. It all started with the man himself, our founding Great Grandfather, William A. Stewart. To provide the best role model for his staff members, our great grandfather personally portrayed the impeccable attitude and allegiance he wanted his employees to emit to future clients and customers. Donald R. Stewart I, the first in our second generation, made it his life goal to carry on his fathers legacy through his years guiding Stewarts Coffee
The third generation belonged to his sons William A Stewart, Donald R Stewart II, and Robert C. Stewart. Bill Stewart had the same vision as his father; to share the great hidden treasures of coffee with the world. Don took Stewarts Coffee down a different avenue, implementing flavored coffee and flavored syrups. Stewarts started venturing into large scale specialty coffee blends. When Bob Stewart and Deborah Stewart took the reigns after the passing of Don, they wanted to move the business to a higher level of excellence.
Our fourth generation belongs to Dawn Stewart, daughter of Bill Stewart. Dawn took a social approach to reach newer generation customers. She expresses the importance of displaying her great grandfather’s morals of spreading the feeling of joy through amazing coffee.
In 2014, the Stewarts Family promoted Joseph Cappuccitti to run business operations as CEO. Joe has been employed with Stewarts Coffee over 35 years as their in house accountant and financial adviser. With the help of COO Rose Pawlowicz, Joe was able to successfully move Stewarts Coffee to the west suburbs of Chicago. His focus is to build skills in marketing, productivity, and efficiency throughout all areas of our business.
Stewarts Original Family Formula
Meet the current staff for Stewarts Coffee! We understand the importance of family. Over the century of business, we have grown our Stewarts family into something truly special. Employees have come and gone but we continue to seek out individuals who share our passion for spreading the wealth of our premium products!