Nicholas Coffee Co., the family-owned business, celebrates its 100th birthday this year!

How did Nicholas Coffee Co. originate?

Nicholas C. Nicholas founded the coffee company that bears his name in 1919, opening a storefront in Market Square. At first, its roasted Arabica coffee was available only to walk-in customers, but eventually, Nicholas coffee was available in Pittsburgh-area grocery stores. Today, it can be ordered online and delivered to destinations across the globe.

IMAGE COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH HISTORIC PHOTOGRAPHS |  PITTSBURGH CITY PHOTOGRAPHER COLLECTION

IMAGE COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH HISTORIC PHOTOGRAPHS |

PITTSBURGH CITY PHOTOGRAPHER COLLECTION

The Market Square building has undergone many changes and survived both the 1936 flood and a serious fire in 2017. 

Nicholas Coffee Co.

Location 23 Market Square # 1, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Established 1919

Date of Trial April 4, 2019

Purchased 12 oz Cappuccino

Extreme layer of rather tasteless foam

The Ratings

Overall - C

Items below are rated on a scale from 1 to 5 (1 being the lowest and 5 being the highest)

  • Presentation - 2

  • Boldness - 4

  • Sweetness - 1

  • Price - $3.25 (for 12 oz)

Extreme boldness, minimal sweetness with a slight bitter taste

Cheers!

-Nancy “Brew” Geronian

Market Square Location Pictures!

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