Jacksonville's manufacturing scene is a Florida anomaly. Here's a list a few products being produced locally that you may find surprising.
6. Martin Coffee Company
Martin Coffee on East Bay Street. The storefront served as an office while the vertical roasting and packaging operations were spread out over two floors. Image courtesy of Martin Coffee Company.
Martin Coffee Company has been in Jacksonville since before the 1940s. The company began with Fred Martin, who came to Jacksonville at the age of 19 as a coffee salesman for Bingham Coffee Company.
He spent over 20 years with that company, having become a partial owner. However, it would be sold in 1957. Still believing there was a niche for the product, Fred and Amy Martin purchased Bartley's Coffee Company that same year, to open the Martin Coffee Company inside of a downtown Jacksonville warehouse on East Bay Street.
By the 1980s, operating a roasting facility on East Bay Street had become difficult. The space was cramped and shipping and receiving items by truck, meant moving them by hand from the street to the back of the building. In 1987, the company relocated to a larger facility at 1633 Marshall Street, near Talleyrand Avenue.
Some 25 years later, the company remains a fixture in the Jacksonville community and is run by Fred’s grandson, Ben. The company's website proudly proclaims that over 750 million cups of Martin Coffee have been served since 1957.
Martin Coffee is located at 1613 Marshall Street.