Remember This? Golden Wedding Coffee

Dorri Partain
Northeast News

The aroma of fresh-roasted coffee wafting around Kansas City is not a recent trend.

In 1899, Frank Ennis (1866-1962) became Kansas City’s first coffee roaster.

As the president of the Ennis-Hanly-Blackburn Coffee Co., he created the popular brand, Golden Wedding, at his plant located at 930 Mulberry St.

The company quickly grew to produce multiple brands of coffee, along with teas, spices, and extracts.

During its first expansion, Ennis moved his plant to the River Market area. By 1904, he had taken his business operations to 512-514-516 Delaware.

Available in one pound cans, early labels depicted a family gathered around the table. The can had a pry-open lid.

Later, cans were opened using a key attached to the bottom, which first appeared in 1889 on sardine cans.

While coffee could be stored in the can with a pry-open lid, key-opened cans were difficult to reopen so coffee would be stored in a canister.

By 1940, the company was affiliated with Western Grocer Co., best known for the Jack Sprat brand of canned and dry goods.

The plant on Delaware was expanded for additional warehouses. Ennis sold the company and retired in 1945.

Certified Brands, Inc., a division of the Topeka-based The Fleming Co., a large distributor of food products nationwide, took over the Golden Wedding coffee brand and the roasting plant was still located at 512 Delaware.

The can shown here dates to 1964 and includes the reminder: Please remember- This is a delicious blend of High Mountain grown coffees. Roasted by our exclusive High Humidity process, which releases more cups per pound. Measure less to suit your taste.

By the early 1970s, the plant had closed and was renovated as part of the then-trendy River Quay redevelopment, housing several restaurants on the first floor.

Today the building houses Plexpod and bears a marker to denote its original occupant.

Want Northeast News articles sent straight to your inbox each week? Subscribe below!
Enter your email address and click on the Get Instant Access button.
We respect your privacy

Comments are closed.

  • Remember This? Yogi Bear

    August 12th, 2020
    by

    Dorri Partain Contributor Hey, hey, hey, it’s Yogi! Whether Yogi is a catcher with the New York Yankees or a […]


    The house that Ruth built

    August 12th, 2020
    by

    Michael Bushnell Publisher The original Yankee Stadium opened on April 18, 1923 and true to form, the first home run […]


    Arlington Stadium, home of the Texas Rangers

    August 5th, 2020
    by

    Michael Bushnell Publisher Arlington Stadium bears a distinction in the major leagues of being one of only five stadiums originally […]


    Remember This? The Lone Ranger

    August 5th, 2020
    by

    Dorri Partain Contributor Who was that masked man? The Lone Ranger began his quest of law and order as a […]


    Chiefs victory ignites riots

    July 29th, 2020
    by

    Michael Bushnell Publisher Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington, Minnesota opened in 1956 as a replacement facility for the minor league Minneapolis […]


    Remember This? Baseball Trading Cards

    July 29th, 2020
    by

    Dorri Partain Contributor When a nickel would buy six baseball trading cards and a stick of gum, a new collectable […]


    Remember This? Royals Stadium

    July 22nd, 2020
    by

    Dorri Partain Contributor Everything was up-to-date in Kansas City when Royals Stadium opened to fans on April 10, 1973, as […]


    Royals Stadium

    July 22nd, 2020
    by

    Michael Bushnell Publisher Going to a Royals’ game at the old Municipal Stadium at 22nd & Brooklyn was always an […]


  • Remember This? Astroturf

    July 15th, 2020
    by

    Dorri Partain Contributor Imagine a grass that never needs mowing or watering to stay green, but might need vacuuming. The […]


    The Astrodome

    July 15th, 2020
    by

    Michael Bushnell Publisher This week we visit the great state of Texas and one of the only mid-century designed domed […]


    Remember This? 1967 International Universal Exposition

    July 8th, 2020
    by

    Dorri Partain Contributor The most fashionable souvenir available during 1967 International Universal Exposition was a silk scarf showing various pavilions, […]


    Olympic Stadium in Montréal, Canada

    July 8th, 2020
    by

    Michael Bushnell Publisher This week we continue our tour of Major League Baseball (MLB) parks with a look at one […]


    REMEMBER THIS? Foam Fingers

    June 30th, 2020
    by

    Dorri Partain Contributor We’re #1! The oversized foam finger that appears at sporting events across the country started as a […]


    Cincinnati’s Legendary Riverfront Stadium

    June 30th, 2020
    by

    Michael Bushnell Publisher One of the “cookie-cutter” stadiums built in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, Cincinnati’s Riverfront Stadium was […]


    The Eucker Seats!

    June 17th, 2020
    by

    Michael Bushnell Publisher “So long old friend, and good night everybody.” The classic sign-off by legendary Milwaukee Brewers radio announcer […]


    Remember This? When Major League Baseball was postponed or cancelled

    June 17th, 2020
    by

    Dorri Partain Contributor Several historic events have led to the cancellation of Major League Baseball (MLB) games: the escalation of […]


  • Faces Of Northeast


  • Remember This?


  • retorts illustrated by bryan stalder


  • Want articles sent directly to your inbox each week? Subscribe below!
    We respect your privacy and will not distribute your information.