July 10, 2009
Joel Owsley Cheek was the inventor of Maxwell House Coffee, the blend that became so popular it made Nashville, Tenn., the center of the nation's coffee business in the early 20th century. In 1892, he developed a recipe for a blend of premium beans and convinced the manager of the Maxwell House Hotel to try the coffee and then to serve it exclusively. The coffee was so well received by the hotel's guests that the owner gave Cheek permission to use the Maxwell House name for the coffee. The phrase "good to the last drop" was coined by President Theodore Roosevelt after he sipped coffee at the hotel.
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