Coffee For Good

Nashville’s very first coffee house was Bongo Java. It’s the brainchild of “Bongo” Bob Bernstein, who launched it in 1993. Beginning as a single cafe, it has grown to five restaurants and cafes and two wholesale businesses. During that same period Bob rose in stature, becoming a Nashville icon as a direct result of his commitment to “strengthen[ing] communities…and expanding the definition of quality [well beyond taste] to…how coffee is produced, purchased and promoted”. Bob’s commitment and resulting success are key components of Nashville’s consistent notoriety as one of the best places to live and work in the United States..

Though you’ll want to learn about the Nunbun, Bongo Java’s crown jewel(s) are the 40+ types of fair trade, extraordinary coffee available online and in the cafes. If you like coffee, you’ll love Bongo Java.

Bolder & Stronger Blends

Dark Esspresso


The Great

  • USDA certified organic
  • Coffee is purchased above fair trade prices from farmers.
  • Their five restaurants are Nashville pioneers of vegan, kosher, and organic fare.
  • Shipping materials are minimal, and all recyclable.
  • Bongo composts and recycles at every cafe and restaurant.

The Good

  • 10 for Tenn blend donates a portion of its proceeds to TennGreen Land Conservancy.
  • Bongo is transparent regarding the coffee’s origin and how it’s made.
  • They have tons of roast and bean flavor options.

The Meh

  • The coffee bags aren’t made from recycled materials or recyclable.
  • We suggest delivery, the pick up service can be spotty.

Earth Shot

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