8th and Roast Acquires Good Citizen Coffee Co.

Nashville's 8th and Roast acquires Good Citizen Coffee Co. to expand its specialty coffee offerings.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 16, 2024) – Reed Hospitality Group’s 8th and Roast (8&R), a specialty coffee company based in Nashville, has announced its acquisition of Good Citizen Coffee Co., a locally-owned coffee company known for its wholesale operations. This strategic acquisition aims to enhance the community-focused mission of 8th and Roast by maintaining the Good Citizen team and continuing to roast and distribute its popular coffee lines, including Good Citizen and Common Voice.

“Good Citizen’s mission, goals, and values as a local coffee company align with our own as we both pride ourselves on delivering the highest quality of product, ethically sourced, at a fair price,” said Ed Reed, 8th and Roast’s Co-owner. “We believe our combined know-how will only enhance 8th and Roast’s ability to deliver better value to serve a broader set of wholesale customers whether you’re an office, restaurant, coffee shop or enjoying our coffee in your home. Everyone deserves a better cup of coffee.”

Ed and Sam Reed, along with Q-Juan ‘Q’ Taylor, acquired 8th and Roast in 2016, focusing on fresh, ethically sourced coffee. The company currently operates five Nashville locations – including 8th Ave, Charlotte Ave, Midtown, and two stores at Nashville International Airport – and has a robust nationwide wholesale coffee program.

Founded in 2018 by Sean Stewart, Good Citizen Coffee Co. has grown rapidly, supplying coffee to major establishments such as the Downtown Embassy Suites, The Grand Hyatt, and Union Station Hotel, among others. Good Citizen will continue to serve its existing customers and expand its market presence under the new ownership.

“We look forward to Good Citizen’s next chapter with the 8th and Roast team as we combine our strengths, grow our client base, and continue our shared passion for sourcing sustainable, high-quality craft coffee,” said Stewart. “I am so proud of Good Citizen’s journey thus far and am confident that with the great team at 8th and Roast, our positioning in this industry will reach new heights.”

Q Taylor emphasized the importance of creating a supportive environment for all team members, stating, “Following the acquisition, we intend to take the combined knowledge and talents of both teams to turbocharge what we are already doing for our existing wholesale partners and untapped new ones. This is really a 1+1 = 3 partnership. We look forward to welcoming Good Citizen employees into our family.”

Both companies share values in sustainability and ethical sourcing, working directly with farmers to ensure the best quality coffee. 8th and Roast plans to enhance the operations of Good Citizen and Common Voice brands, maintaining quality from harvest through the roasting process.

For more information on 8th and Roast and this acquisition, please visit 8th and Roast.

About 8th and Roast:

Founded in 2009, 8th and Roast is a Nashville-based specialty coffee company that is part of the family-owned Reed Hospitality Group. They connect with a network of fair-trade farmers globally to serve ethically sourced coffee while promoting global coffee sustainability. With five locations around Nashville and a nationwide wholesale program, 8th and Roast is a leader in the Southeast’s craft coffee industry.


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