Our Story

Bongo Java is a small yet world famous company that started in 1993 with the rather simple goal of creating a gathering place for all of Nashville with a commitment to support community and sustainability.

Over the past 20+ years, Bongo and its related businesses have become iconic parts of Nashville and has helped start a progressive direct-from-source coffee importing cooperative.

Our original store is the city’s oldest and most celebrated coffeehouse and was the unexpected start of a unique restaurant group that has been world famous for at least 45 minutes. Bongo World now operates five cafes (each mindfully designed to fit its neighborhood), an organic certified coffee roasting company and a bakery.

We are committed to coffee, communities, cooperation and creativity.

Bongo Java strengthens communities by expanding the definition of quality to include factors of how stuff is produced, purchased and promoted.