The taste and tradition of Seaport Coffee is so popular with Texans
and so well-respected that the Texas Legislature submitted a bill
to make Seaport the Official Coffee of Texas.
Texas Coffee Company began in Beaumont, Texas in 1921 when Charles J.
Fertitta, Sr. recognized the demand for a good quality coffee with a
distinctive aroma and flavor. Mr. Fertitta began with an investment
of $1800 and a Ford Model-T truck, a few pounds of coffee and a one
room “shotgun” style shack in back of the Crescent Market on Magnolia
Street in downtown Beaumont.
In 1926, Mr. Fertitta recapitalized the company by forming a partnership
with R. C. Maceo and Joseph S. Serio. They moved Texas Coffee Company
to a larger, more modernized facility that was better equipped to handle
the growing customer base. With this new partnership, Mr. Maceo was plant
manager while Mr. Fertitta and Mr. Serio delivered their product in the
Beaumont and Pt. Arthur territories.
In 1968, Texas Coffee Company became the first coffee company in the
United States to begin packaging coffee in vacuum-packed foil bags.
This technology is now the industry standard.
The site on Martin Luther King Parkway (previously named Port Arthur
Road) is still the home of Texas Coffee Company. Its corporate offices
are housed there, as well as the manufacturing facilities. Manufacturing
equipment has been updated but a certain nostalgia remains in the old
hardwood floors and exposed steel beam supports, not to mention the
exotic aroma of fresh roasted coffee beans.
Texas Coffee Company is the manufacturer and distributor of Seaport coffee
and Texas Coffee. Each brand is distinctly different and appeals to
different types of coffee drinkers.
“Seaport Coffee is the coffee that got us where we are, and with the
addition of Texas Coffee, we are focused on the future,” says company
President Carlo Busceme III.
While each brand is 100 percent Arabica pure coffee, Seaport and
Texas Coffee are made from a blend of quality beans imported from
coffee growing countries around the world. Seaport is available in
five different roasts: dark roast, between dark and medium roast,
medium roast, Founder’s Choice and decaffeinated. Seaport's Dark Roast
is the heartiest roast in our line, offering the most complex, full-bodied
aroma and classic taste on the market today. A favorite among traditional
coffee-drinkers in the south! Between Roast combines rich flavor we're
known for with a sweeter, lighter flair that is desired by many coffee
drinkers. Medium Roast gives you a milder flavor without sacrificing the
quality and taste that is synonymous with the heritage and tradition of
Founder’s Choice offers a single roast coffee that is superior to the flavor
of any of the recognized national brands. This mild roast provides a smooth,
yet robust flavor that has quickly gained popularity among all types of
coffee-drinkers. This roast has often been described by our customers as the
best in our Seaport product line in terms of overall "scents and senses."
This describes the alluring scent from a freshly opened bag of Founder's
that awakens the senses, and the excellent, distinguished taste of purity
within each cup. The distinctive, inviting aroma lets you know you're in for
a great cup of coffee. Founder's Choice is the roast that you're sure to enjoy
not just with breakfast, but especially after meals.
Texas Coffee is a premium roast coffee of 100% Arabica beans offering the
richest, most robust aroma and flavor, even for the most discriminating
coffee drinker. The deep, heady scents introduce you to a dazzling, almost
creamy taste that turns simply drinking coffee into a luxury. Texas Coffee
does not have the bitterness or aftertaste 'bite' that you'll often find in
other select name brand coffees. Texas Coffee pours onto your palate for a
deep, dark taste that allows you to melt into the experience. A true taste
of Texas. Ask for this one by name as this may be our most select roast yet,
and it's a favorite among holiday gifts.
Production begins shortly after the beans arrive in the warehouse as they
are sifted, separated and thoroughly cleaned to remove foreign matter. They
are then custom roasted to perfection, using different temperatures and
lengths of exposure to produce the various roasts. After roasting, the beans
are cooled, ground and vacuum-packed for the freshest taste. In fact, many
people who became accustomed to the rich taste and then moved away, write
that they can’t find the same quality and freshness in any other coffee and
ask to be shipped their favorite blend. Texas Coffee Company currently ships
to all 50 states.
In recent years, some customers have confused other coffee brands as having
been locally roasted and packaged in the Golden Triangle. The fact is, only
Seaport and Texas coffees are roasted, ground and packaged locally. Other
misconceptions involve people believing that Seaport contains additives or
chicory. Not true! Seaport is guaranteed to be 100 percent pure coffee with
NO additives, fillers or chicory. The pure, true roasting philosophy still
holds solid today. The Arabica beans we choose produce such a strong excellence
and contain such an earthy & classic element, there's no artificial flavoring necessary. For years, several other competing brands have actually boasted
their use of chicory & such - until 2007 when pure beans became a customer
demand. So, while other names are changing formulas and following trends,
The Texas Coffee Company proudly builds on tradition with high-quality at
a whopping 100% - true to taste, true to Texas.
Seaport’s parent company, Texas Coffee Company, also manufactures a line
of spices under the TexJoy label. Like the coffee, people throughout the
United States and the world request the spices, which are shipped wholesale
to a very loyal clientele. Recently, the packaging of all spice products has become
fully automated with the addition of new packaging and sealing machines. This
equipment allows for the inclusion of a freshness/tamper resistant seal.
“We feel that this important improvement will make it easier for us to
expand into new markets,” says Busceme. The most popular blend of spice is
TexJoy Steak Seasoning. Other special blends include Special BBQ Seasoning, Old
West Mesquite Shake, Lemon Pepper, Cajun Seasoning, Italian Seasoning
and Old Fashioned Sausage Seasoning. TexJoy and Seaport products are currently
stocked in stores from Houston to Lafayette and Galveston to Alexandria,
Louisiana. In recent years, our products have begun to make their way
into grocery and retail stores as far west as the San Antonio area, as far north
as the Dallas area, and east into Mississippi. Additionally, the coffee and
spices are served by many well-known food service institutions, restaurants,
delis, meat markets and bakeries across the country. Even champion
chefs and barbeque cooks have carried TexJoy with them from winner's
podiums to champion stages, too.
In 1999, key leadership management positions were taken over by third-generation
family members. Carlo J. Busceme, III became President along with his first
cousins, Joseph F. Fertitta, Jr. as Vice-President-Secretary-Treasurer and
Donald P. Fertitta as Vice-President-General Manager. The pride and rich
heritage of tradition continues on as this new generation carries Texas
Coffee Company into the 21st century.
With a fresh attitude and renewed commitment to success, there is a new
vision for the next century. In 2006, the release of two new products
quickly gained popularity among loyal Seaport and TexJoy customers:
TexJoy's Taco Seasoning and TexJoy's Texas Steak Shake. December of
2007 marked the first printed labels of our seasoning that is as
heart-healthy as it is tasty: our all new 50% Less Salt Steak Seasoning.
In early 2009, unveiled our newest Southern French seasoning blend with
the name Herbs du Beaumont . It's light, flavorful & you're sure to love
it. It is a hometown Texas take on the popular Herbs du Provence. And in
2010 we added a new look to a special, custom blend that we've perfected
over many years: TexJoy's Zesty Bar-B-Q Crab and Seafood Seasoning. This
seasoning is now available in select grocery store & is a must for
Cajun-style cooking, particularly BBQ Crabs, stuffed crabs, fried crab
balls, boiled shrimp and - oh yes - frog legs. It's great for crawfish as
well, but our Crawfish Boil is specifically designed for that delicacy!
To all our customers, we remain dedicated to this proud heritage of
continuing to offer quality products and excellent services.