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Origin and Estate Coffees

From Antigua, in Guatemala’s Panchoy Valley, to Dar es Salaam on Africa’s East Coast, and East again to Buenaventura on South America’s Northwest shore Gillies is sourcing the naturally sweetest cupping coffees from the world over for you to present to your customers. Here you will find fabled Gran Cru origins, and high merit coffees of lesser renown. The things these seemingly disparate coffees have in common are the nurturing care and aspirations of the farmer, and the thoughtfulness with which they are selected, roasted and presented by Gillies. Taste the world of coffee specialties at the ancestral home of specialty coffees in America; Gillies Coffee Company.

Hand Tended Roasting

Skill in roasting is critical for the resulting beverage to please. It is a process controlled by scientific laws, but the outcome is strictly in the hands of man. Gillies is a Perfect Point roaster. A phrase coined by Don Schoenholt to describe our philosophy that every coffee has its own special degree of roast that brings out just the qualities that we want to find in the cup. Our roasting credo has been likened to Goldilocks; not too dark, not too light, just right. if you think its kid's play you are mistaken. It has taken us countless hours of small batch craft roasting and cupping to find the perfect roast point for each coffee in the Gillies collection.


The oxygen in air causes coffee to stale. Staling coffee changes flavor, and smell becoming less attractive to the consumer. It never becomes harmful to the consumer. The natural Carbon Dioxide (CO2) developed in coffee during roasting creates a barrier around the bean particles when fresh ground, and Nitrogen (N) introduced to the packaging of whole beans helps protect them in the same way.

Gillies valve packaging will keep our coffee fresh during transit to you, and provide limited fresh life both in-store, and on the kitchen counter to provide fresh brewed beverages for up to six weeks provided the package has not been compromised. Large bulk packages as FDA lined 20 LB corrugated of whole beans will maintain freshness for up to two weeks. 20 LB Bulk corrugated ground coffee shelf life is up to one week.


Some Gillies blends are the result of the spark of a taste ideal translated into a reality, while others are the result of generations following the blending philosophy of those who have come before us at Gillies. It is our philosophy that patience, and practice, produces near perfect coffees. Their delicately nuanced flavors and fragrances speak volumes about who we are and from where we have come as roasters and blenders. In essence you can taste in our blends that we are who we were; caring merchants in pursuit of the perfect cup. Gillies Exclusive blends


Espresso is more than a blend, or a roast, or a frothy beverage produced by pushing a shot of hot water through finely ground tightly packed coffee. It is a host of complex aromas in your nostrils and an explosion of joyful coffee flavors in your mouth. Espresso is an intellectual odyssey to great ports 'o call as Djibouti, Padang, and Rio de Janeiro, with the added allure of the life adventures of storied men as Bezzara, Gaggia and Valente. it’s a tale that began in Milan long ago, and continues today in towns some fabled, others unheralded, throughout the world. there are few times in life where we find something at once audacious and refined, but here you will enter a world of American Espresso™ where that happens with every sip. American Espresso blends

Decaffeinated Coffee

Fresh roast decaffeinated coffees have been part of the Gillies portfolio since the seventies. Perhaps our crowning decaffeinated coffee achievement was introducing Swiss Water® brand decaffeinated coffee to North America more than forty years ago. At the personal request of Coffex owner, Klaus Jacobs, we were helpful when Swiss Water® built their first overseas plant in Burnaby B.C. thereby making the Swiss Water® brand available to roasters throughout the western hemisphere. While we are talking about decaffeinated coffees; our delicious MC Decaffeinated coffees are also something special, prepared in Bremen by CR-Kaffeeveredelung M. Hermsen GmbH & Co. Decaffeinated

Iced Coffee

We do not seek the same flavors in iced as we do in a hot coffee. In part this is so because we often prefer our hot coffee black, and iced coffee with cream and sugar. In part it is because we indulge in Iced coffee, as a refreshment, aware that the icing obscures the palates ability to define subtleties of flavors that bloom on the palate with a warmer beverage. And, unlike many of our countrymen, we generally prefer iced coffee to other available summertime thirst quenchers.

Because the jury is still out on the great Iced coffee question, hot brew or cold brew, rather than tell you the only right way to make iced coffee we offer you a little history, a little culture, a little lore, some great iced coffee blends from which to choose, and leave it to you to decide on your personal recipe for the perfect Iced coffee to share with your customers Gillies exclusive blends

Flavored Coffee

Gillies introduced flavored coffees over forty-five years ago. They are made by blending specially prepared flavoring essences with a delicious blend of freshly roasted Arabica coffee, in a 3% application, and letting them cure overnight. here you will find scores of flavored coffees to satisfy your most discerning customers, available in Gillies Standard Roast™, Rich Dark Roast™, and MC decaffeinated varieties. our natural and artificial flavors are primarily sourced from Flavor Dynamics Inc, of Plainfield New Jersey; an old and reliable supplier to the trade. The flavors they provide to us are hypoallergenic, and Gluten Free.

Ingredients in our flavored coffee are approved for use by FDA regulations, are FDA not applicable., or are listed as GRAS (Generally Regarded as Safe) Under sections 201(s) and 409 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, a reliable industry standard. Non-flavor ingredients in our flavored coffee may include one or more of the following, listed here in alphabetic order: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ethyl Alcohol, Propylene Glycol, Sugar Syrup, Triacetin, and Water. Following accepted industry guidelines ingredients in our flavored coffee are stated as: Coffee, Natural & Artificial Flavoring. Flavored Coffees

Green Coffee

Following the passage of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA 2011) and the recommendation of Green Coffee Association Inc (GCA) Gillies is now labeling all green coffee products with the following guidance:

FOR FURTHER PREPARATION ONLYGreen Coffee Should Be Roasted Prior to Use as a Food Ingredient

In addition we offer the following guidance: Food Safety Notice: This product has not been processed to control microbial pathogens, physical or chemical hazards, or toxins that might be present. Green coffee is a raw agricultural product requiring further processing prior to consumption.

As a small roaster all our lives, and a former roasting retailer, we understand and are sensitive to the cost of maintaining a varied and diverse inventory of green coffee, and the difficulty of moving and storing a variety of 60 and 70 kilo sacks around a business place. We believe we have a solution to both these problems. We are offering what, in the nineteenth century, were called Broken-bag Lots of the very best greens in 10 LB, and 33 LB boxes.
As a professional you will appreciate the caliber of quality that has been pleasing nine generations of coffee proficients.

A wide selection of the very best specialties from the green coffee room of Gillies Coffee Co., "America’s specialty coffee treasure," is now yours for the choosing in individual boxes, single-bag lots, and trailer-loads too. Here’s your chance to buy the very best green quality, in less green quantity, and make more green in return.Green Coffee

Green Coffee Storage Pests
Coffee is a product of nature, and it moves in commerce, sometimes with unwanted "friends". The coffee moth (Auximobasis coffeella) is the most common coffee storage pest in the Northeastern US. Gillies has a pest monitoring and pest reduction program using pheromone (insect attractant) loaded glue-board traps in green coffee storage areas, and black-light glue board traps protect our premises from other flying insects in non-green coffee storage areas. Glue-boards, cages, and snap-traps are strategically placed throughout the warehouse premises to prevent/control potential rodent activity. Insect holes in coffee are mainly from the Broca beetle which is a significant pest in Western hemisphere origin coffees, and the Antestia larva of Africa. Both these pests leave small drill-holes in the beans during the time when the seed is still on the tree. We avoid purchasing beans that are significantly scarred in this way.

A Note About Green Coffee Shipping & Handling
Our green coffee prices include delivery within the continental 48 United States. We may break up single origin sack purchases into cartons to make life easier for FedEx drivers (we will pack the original burlap sack in with the coffee). Multiple sack shipments will be palletized and shrink-wrapped at no additional cost. The receiver of palletized goods must have a loading dock, or materials-handling equipment to avoid excess handling charges from the freight carrier.

Your own private label


Gillies program is designed to provide you with a finished product ready for you to retail in your store or gift shop, include in corporate gifts, online store, and/or forward to your individual customers in fulfillment of their orders.

B2B PRICING website is a wholesale business-to-business site. Unfortunately, we can not apply sales and promotions to private label goods. Prices start at $9.99 each for 12 OZ Coffees.


Gillies ships within 15 working-days from date of Order Acceptance (the date all thing are in readiness to produce your finished goods, your order is in our hands, and paid-in-full (good funds). Expedited service (turn around time 7 working- days) can be requested for an Expedited Service charge of 20% of Invoice. EXAMPLE: An order for 54x12 OZ pieces @ $9.99 = $539.46. The Expedited Service Charge would be: $107.89. For fast-fast delivery FedEx offers Next-day, and 2-Day service. See SHIPPING , below, for further details.


Gillies specializes in short-run custom work. Gillies accepts orders of 18 x 12 OZ or 18 x 16 OZ BAGS per SKU (Stock Keeping Units) with minimum total order of 54 x 12 OZ pieces or 45 x 16 OZ pieces. When ordering Blend “A” Beans and Blend “A” Ground that is 2 SKUs. (18 each). You can also order pallet-loads.


Bulk 5 LB packing for wholesale-distribution is also available. Minimum Order 5 x 5 LB Bulk Beans (total Net Wt 25 LB). You may mix and match SKUs.


Information on custom blended and roasted coffees can be found here: In addition to the price of the coffee in the blend, Custom Blending adds a premium of 25¢ to the price of each 12 OZ and/or 16 OZ package.


There is a $199 one-time fee for preparing your single label-set (Front & Back) design for application on our label form. Design services are available at no extra charge. Blend name changes are available at no extra cost. Design, text, or color changes for different items are subject to added charges billed to customer’s account at $85. Per hour or part. Please choose your initial label design and text carefully, as later author’s alterations will be subject to additional charges. The OnBoarding/Templating Fee is subject to New York Sales Tax for customers located in New York State.


Label Size: Size: 2.75” x 4.125” (Corners slightly rounded) We use Photoshop® on a Windows® platform, and print on an HP M652 Lazerjet printer. Please ask the designer to design the art in editable layers such that we can alter, or move elements as technical needs or FDA regulations warrant. Please bleed .125” on all 4-sides. Any needed art file alterations required to be made by Gillies, including but not limited to templating shall be billed to customer’s account at an hourly rate of $85. Per hour or part.


NET WT 00 OZ (000 GR) must be large, and centered on the bottom of the label.


Tell the story of your brand or blend (50 words) or give brewing Instructions (see below)
Using the coffeemaker of your choice add two level tablespoons of coffee to six ounces of fresh cold water per serving, brew and then alter to suit your taste. Serve immediately. You may decant the beverage in a pre-warmed thermal carafe up to 45 minutes.


For traceability purposes the name, City State and ZIP of the manufacturer, distributor or retailer must appear on the front or back label. The Gillies name will appear on the back label of the goods we prepare for you unless special arrangements are made to omit it. Back label source information will appear as:
Roasted & Blended Expressly forACME COFFEE COMPANYWile E. Cayote AZ 00000

GILLIES COFFEE COMPANY America’s Oldest Coffee Merchant Brooklyn New York 11232


Coffee products without other ingredients added simply requires the word COFFEE to be prominent on the front label.

If you are planning on offering flavored coffees the following ingredients should appear on the label (front or back) Ingredients: Coffee, Natural and Artificial Flavoring.

For reasons of insurance, and Koshrus Gillies does not accept ingredients sourced and/or provided by others to be blended into Gillies coffee products.


Coffee products do not require a nutrition label.


If you provide product bar codes we will print them on your package labels. Here are two websites that some of our customers have found helpful in obtaining bar codes for their products:



Gillies product images, website images, proprietary product names, and descriptions are the property of Gillies Coffee Company and may not be used for identification, name, description, promotion, or advertising of goods other than those sold exclusively under the Gillies Coffee Company brand.


We provide NO LABEL, sometimes called “White Label” service with the understanding that in ordering white label products you accept the legal responsibility for product/label integrity; that your labels will be in all respects truthful, and that they will conform to the latest USFDA, State, and local labeling requirements for coffee products.


If you provide your own 12 or 16 OZ bags Gillies will give you a 25¢ each credit at invoice bottom for each our bags that we do not use in packing your order. We charge 35¢ each for applying tin-tie closures to bags provided by others. Alternately, Tape closures are provided FREE of charge. There is an added cost of 25¢ for each label that Gillies must affix to customer supplied bags.

WANT OVERALL PRINTED BAGS? can provide you with overall printed bags in several configurations, in short-run quantities. We recommend that you order a finished sample from Roastar just to make sure that everything I as it should be. Fill the sample with beans, and then with ground coffee; place it on a table and examine the finished goods, prior to giving your bag production OK. Instruct Roastar to ship the finished bags to Gillies.


Gillies classic12 OZ and 16 OZ private label packages have a hermetically sealed stand-up "Gable" top with a reclosable tin-tie bag closure in your choice of Gold or Black. We now also offer a "Block-Bottom" 12 OZ bag with a reclosable zip top at an upcharge of 35-cents each (available in Matte White, Matte Black, and Kraft).


Your choice. Just let us know how many units (minimum 6 units) you prefer in a box. 12 OZ and 16 OZ bags can be individually corrugated boxed and shipped in a large shipping carton at an added $3.00 each.


Cartons will be sealed with “Gillies” specific printed nylon reinforced paper packing tape unless otherwise instructed by you. Plain/unprinted reinforced Kraft-paper packing tape is available at no added charge.


Your private label order includes FREE STANDARD GROUND SHIPPING to your single destination point that is served by FedEx Ground in the continental 48 United States (we do not ship to PO BOX, DPO, APO, and FPO addresses) unless shipping is specifically excluded in our written quote, as it is when we are drop shipping individual orders to your customers, or when we quote products "at our door" or "EXW" (ex-warehouse). You can see other details of the shipping program here: .

EXPEDITED FAST SHIPPINGFedEx offers Next-day, and 2-Day service.

This is an extra cost option that gets your goods to their destination more rapidly, in most cases, than FedEx Ground (which is included at no added charge in Gillies pricing (unless otherwise excluded in our proposal to you). Expedited shipping costs are order specific. If you are interested in this service please call us for a quote specific to your pending order.


Drop ship orders are not subject to a minimum order requirement. Coffee will be billed at the 45 x 16 OZ / 54 x 12 OZ unit price. You will be charged an added $4.00 per order (not per bag of coffee) shipped to a specific street address (we do not ship to PO BOX, DPO, APO, and FPO addresses) and the cost of shipping as posted on 

Drop-ship orders ship within 5-business days. Drop-ship subscription is deemed cancelled/abandoned if there is no order received within any 15-day period, after the initiation of the program, as signified by the date of the first order shipped.


You may order 5 x 6 OZ samples of your coffee choices for $49.95 (cost includes FREE STANDARD GROUND SHIPPING to locations in the continental 48 United States served by FedEx Ground). Indicate Beans or Ground when ordering Roast samples. Samples are packed in gold valve bags with “Gillies” labeling, and are not labelled for retail sale. They are not shipped in the treasure chest pictured on the Samples pages, as these are computer generated images for decorative purposes only.


A model sample of the coffee of your choice, with your label, and bag choice, representative of the order you are placing with us, can be created and shipped to you, after label approval, and prior to order acceptance, at $26.99 Each for 12 OZ base-price coffees, and coffee and $31.99 Each for 16 OZ for base-price coffees.


2 OZ ground coffee pillow-shape gold foil "testers" are available, with your 2.75" x 4.125" label on the front @ $3.59 each. 2 OZ testers in a kraft Zip-closure bag @ $3.99 each. Minimum Testers Order: 25 x 2 OZ per blend. Testers are not labelled for retail sale.


Gillies labels are printed 6-Up (3 front / 3 Back) on a tabletop flat-bed HP printer, on pressure sensitive white semi-gloss label stock. There is a little wiggle as the paper feeds into the printer. We allow for this by having the art overprint the label edge in a “Bleed” of 1/8th “on all four sides. The labels are peeled from their home-sheet and applied by hand to the front and back of each individual bag prior to filling with product. Application of the labels is pretty good but not perfect as it is a hand operation. The same goes for the hand filling, sealing, and the application of the tin-tie closure at the bag top. You should expect a variation from one bag to another. This is a hand-craft operation, not a mass-produced product (where each bag is as the one that came off the line before and the one after).


Custom made goods as private label goods are not returnable except in the case of manufacturer’s error or product defect.


Goods are invoiced and charged prior to order acceptance by Gillies as the goods you are ordering are made-to-order, and customer specific with no sale value to another once they are prepared. Orders are accepted upon payment-in-full in good funds. Gillies accepts Direct Wire Transfer, MC, Visa. Amex, PayPal.


In no case will Gillies Coffee Company Liability exceed the invoiced amount of the product directly related to any claim.


Quotes provided for proposed business are fresh for 30 days only or such other period as may be stated in the specific quote.


There are no GMO’s in Gillies Coffee that we know of. The National Coffee Association (NCA) is not aware of any GMO coffee in the marketplace. The only additives that we put in some of our blends are flavorings. Our flavorings supplier confirms that there are no GMO components in their ingredient pool.


All orders totaling $100 or more after discounts qualify for free standard ground shipping. A standard flat rate shipping fee of $9.89 will be added to orders totaling less than $100 after discounts.

STANDARD GROUND SHIPPING is provided to your single destination point that is served by FedEx Ground in the contiguous 48 United States (we do not ship to PO BOX, DPO, APO, and FPO addresses).

FedEx offers Next-day, and 2-Day service. This is an extra cost option that gets your goods to their destination more rapidly, in most cases, than Standard Ground Shipping. Expedited shipping costs are order specific. If you are interested in this service please call us at 800.344.5526 for a quote specific to your pending order.

Your order is made-up just for you. Orders placed on this website will ship within 4-business days (Mon.-Fri. excluding holidays). You will receive an e-mail, with tracking information, when your order ships. Should their be an event that causes a production delay we will notify you. Custom orders and Private label orders ship within 15 business-days from order acceptance. Carrier shipping speeds are based on point-to-point transit times and do not include the time it takes to prepare and pack your order. Due to unforeseen happenings, such as weather events, and other circumstances beyond their control, freight carriers do not guarantee transit times from point-to-point.


2 OZ ground coffee pillow-shape gold foil "testers" are available, with your 2.75" x 4.124" label on the front @ $2.50 each


Goods are invoiced and charged prior to order acceptance by Gillies.

Gillies accepts Direct Wire Transfer, MC, Visa. Amex, Discover, and PayPal.

Coffee & Gluten

According to Dr. Stepano Guandalini of CDF Medical Advisory Board, coffee is safe for those on a Gluten

Free diet: 

This article has a more nuanced answer:


According to our flavoring ingredient supplier, Flavor & Fragrance Specialties, “All of the flavors we supply to Gillie’s (sic) are allergen free, which includes Gluten. All of our flavors do not contain any added sugars as well.”


According to, “A regular sized cup of just black coffee is about 5 calories and contains 0 grams of sugar."

Many Coffee Flavorings are made with Propylene Glycol. Here is a link to learn about PG:

A few coffee flavorings (usually those with Liqueur flavors) are made with alcohol.

Because we mean it when we say sustainability is more than sustaining coffee farmers and the environment, Gillies provided and paid substantial portion of the health insurance premium covering our crew members who choose to be members of the company offered plan(s) from the 1970's. By 2023 all our participating crew members had chosen to provide their own plans, and the company offered plan program was ended.

Surely there is more that each of us can do to further sustain our communities at home and in origin lands. Here are a selection of fine coffees that may help you take the first steps toward sustainable practices in your business. Why not add one to your coffee selection, and help sensitize your customers, through an enlightening cup, to see the world a little differently tomorrow.

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