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8th and Roast Acquires Roaster Good Citizen Coffee in Nashville

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An 8th and Roast location in Nashville. All images courtesy of 8th and Roast.

Nashville, Tennessee-based specialty coffee roaster and retailer 8th and Roast has acquired award-winning Nashville roasting company Good Citizen Coffee Co.

In an announcement of the acquisition today, 8th & Roast said it plans to maintain the Good Citizen staff and operations, while selling Good Citizen’s eponymous and Common Voice coffee lines to consumers and hundreds of existing wholesale clients.

The financial terms of the acquisition were not publicly disclosed.

“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,” Ed Reed, 8th and Roast’s co-owner, said in an announcement shared with DCN. “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.”

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8th and Roast, which along with the Nashville reataurant Sinema is part of the RHG hospitality group, currently has three brick-and-mortar locations, plus two bars inside the Nashville International Airport.

Good Citizen, meanwhile, focuses on roasting for a range of wholesale clients in Nashville and beyond, supplying beans to establishments such as the Downtown Embassy Suites, The Grand Hyatt, Union Station Hotel, The Hotel Chalet at Chattanooga Choo Choo and Chiefs on Broadway. The company was founded by Sean Stewart in 2018.

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“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,” Stewart said. “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.”

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