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6. Origins of “Good to the Last Drop” Slogan

Theodore Roosevelt coined the phrase “good to the last drop” after tasting a cup of coffee at the Maxwell House Hotel.

Maxwell House coffee was developed by Joel Cheek and his partner Roger Nolley Smith in the late 1800’s and first served in a fancy Nashville hotel, in 1802. That hotel is the Maxwell House on Rosa L Parks in Nashille.

According to Maxwell House lore, when President Theodore Roosevelt was served Maxwell House coffee, he said it was “good to the last drop.” Owners Leon T. Cheek and John Neal heard President Roosevelt’s bold statement, and they adopted it as their corporate slogan. But stories vary on whether President Roosevelt was staying at the Maxwell House on Hermitage at the time.

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Andrea Hinds
Andrea has always loved the written word. She holds a B.A. in Journalism and a Masters in Creative Writing, both from Belmont University. Both sides of her family have lived in Williamson County for generations, so writing for Williamson Source is the perfect fit. She loves to hear stories of what Williamson County was like when her parents and grandparents were young and to write about this ever evolving county is truly special for her.