Founded by Walter Law in 1909, the Company began roasting coffee in the barn at “ShadowBrook”, Walter’s home in Dunellen, New Jersey. Traveling house to house in a horse drawn wagon to sell his coffee, Walter brought with him his favorite marketing tool, a pill crusher.
He would use this tool to crush the beans and release the coffee aroma under the nose of his potential customers – truly freshly ground. With the help of his father, George, the company branched into the wholesale business of selling coffee to markets and restaurants throughout New Jersey.
A FAMILY TRADITION
As Law Coffee persevered through The Great Depression, Walter’s sons, Robert, Warren and Stanley, came on board to help their father roast and pack the coffee, as well as tea. When the United States entered World War II, all three brothers patriotically chose to join the Navy and help defend their country. Warren, the sole brother to return from World War II, took on the responsibilities of running the family business and helped transition the company to Newark, NJ.
Warren expanded distribution throughout NY and NJ, establishing the firm as one of New Jersey’s finest, independently owned and operated coffee companies. Warren’s son-in-law David M. Mendez bought the company in 1984 and along with Warren’s son, Robert, they expanded its area of distribution throughout the Mid-Atlantic States into New England!
David’s son, David W. Mendez, joined the business in 2004 and, as Vice President, is continuing the family principles of quality and integrity into the company’s second century of existence.