This post is dedicated to all you folks who can't start the day without a cup of coffee. I'm a chocolate milk kind of girl myself, but hubby enjoys a cup of hot, black coffee every morning. Maxwell House--that "good to the last drop" coffee--was one of his favs a few years ago.
When we moved to the Nashville area last year, I was surprised to learn Maxwell House coffee has its origins here. And not only that, it was named after a famous hotel. The story goes...
|Maxwell House Hotel, 1925|
Named for the Colonel's wife, Harriet Maxwell Overton, the Maxwell House Hotel eventually boasted a main lobby featuring mahogany cabinetry, brass fixtures, gilded mirrors, and chandeliers. There were ladies' and men's parlors, billiard rooms, barrooms, shaving "saloons," and a grand staircase leading to the large ball and dining room. Famous guests to the hotel included seven U.S. presidents as well as Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Buffalo Bill Cody, and many other celebrities.
|Maxwell House Hotel fire, Christmas 1961|
But what about the coffee? How did that come about?
Who claimed it was "good to the last drop?"
For a while, legend had it President Theodore Roosevelt, while dining at The Hermitage, President Andrew Jackson's home, tasted Maxwell House coffee and declared it good to the last drop. Maxwell House began using it as a slogan, at times attributing it to Roosevelt. However, Coca Cola used the same slogan in their ads around the same time, shedding doubt on the legend. Maxwell House eventually admitted the famous words had not come from Roosevelt, but "good to the last drop" is still a registered trademark of the coffee brand and appears in its logo today.
And that, my coffee-drinking friends, is the history of Maxwell House, the hotel and the coffee. The Maxwell House hotel makes an appearance in the new historical novel I'm currently writing, so stay tuned for a future publishing date.
Are you a coffee drinker? What's your favorite brand and how many cups a day do you drink?
The Planter's Daughter and The Widow of Rose Hill. Her historical novella set in the New Mexico Territory is included in The Mail-Order Brides Collection. Michelle and her husband of thirty-one years make their home in Tennessee. Connect with her at www.MichelleShocklee.com.
Widowed during the war, Natalie Ellis finds herself solely responsible for Rose Hill plantation. When Union troops arrive with a proclamation freeing the slaves, all seems lost. How can she run the plantation without slaves? In order to save her son’s inheritance she strikes a deal with the arrogant, albeit handsome, Colonel Maish. In exchange for use of her family’s property, the army will provide workers to bring in her cotton crop. But as her admiration for the colonel grows, a shocking secret is uncovered. Can she trust him with her heart and her young, fatherless son?