Continuing success since 1862.
The Meinl story begins in 1862 when Julius Meinl I. opened his first grocery store, selling spices and green coffee in the center of Vienna. He created coffee blends and was the first to offer them freshly roasted for sale. Julius Meinl had found a new market as his innovation saved customers the challenge of roasting the green coffee beans on their kitchen stoves. Selling coffee roasted maintained a constant, reliable quality coffee blend.
This innovation was accepted by the Viennese with enthusiasm and brought the young boy great success. In 1891 Julius Meinl opened a modern roasting plant on the very site where the retreating Ottoman army had left the green coffee beans 200 years earlier.
Since 1862 Julius Meinl stands for experience, tradition and products of premium quality.
Our coffee buyers, blenders and roasting specialists are leaders in their profession and Julius Meinl guarantees premium quality coffee of incomparable aroma and taste. Today Julius Meinl is a leading producer and trader of quality teas, jams and many other fine foods.
OUR VALUES - HERITAGE
We value our Heritage, in other words tradition, Vienna and history.
Ever since 1862, we have been upholding our brand's fine tradition. Our coffees, our service and presentation set us apart. Served on a silver tray in a porcelain cup and saucer with a small glass of water and a spoon balanced atop, Julius Meinl coffee tastes best when served in this traditional Viennese way. It is the presentation and service that enables the customer to sit back, relax and take time to enjoy a real cup of coffee, a single espresso, tea or hot chocolate.
Our long tradition of focusing on our customer's needs allows us to provide support, service and ideas to serve our customers in the best possible way. In Coffee Service or Wholesale, division of Meinl in America, our hotel, restaurant and grocery store customers choose Julius Meinl because they know their customers value overall positive experience heightened by a company steeped in tradition.
Our logo, now 150 years old, is making its name in the States as a sign to slow down a bit and enjoy life.
OUR VALUES - FAMILY
As a family company, our actions are defined by entrepreneurial spirit, personal commitment and long-term thinking. We value the history of five generations of the Meinl family, with members playing important roles in the family business. They are an example to our American team: our coffeehouses are like a second home and we treat our customers as we would our own family, with respect and honor.
Outside the coffeehouses, children in the Chicagoland area may well have enjoyed a tasty hot chocolate at various events raising funds for those in need. Meinl has partnered with Chicago Children’s Theatre’s “Red Kite Round-Up”, a theatrical production focusing on autism awareness, and “Jackie and Me” focusing on explaining historical racism in an open manner. Meinl’s collaboration with Chicago Children’s Choir has led to memorable concert performances at the coffeehouses where hot chocolate is served at concerts during their winter season.
In December, Julius Meinl participates in the Lincoln Square’s Christkindl Market by donating decorated cookies, Krapfen, coffee and hot chocolate to benefit St. Matthias school. You can also find our booth selling Viennese classics baked by our skilled pastry team.
The Julius Meinl pastry team includes graduates from Chicago’s French Pastry School. Meinl is proudly FPS’s official and exclusive coffee sponsor. Our Executive Pastry Chef opens the kitchen to students in training, offering staging and internships. We recently demonstrated the making of Apfelstrudel at the Meinl Patisserie to FPS teachers working on Michelle Obama’s “Chefs Move to Schools” program. The program uses chefs in their communities to teach children about food in a fun way to get healthier and tastier food in public schools.
During the summer and fall seasons, Julius Meinl can be found making a difference at the Lincoln Square Farmer’s Markets every Tuesday morning and Thursday evening by serving coffee and tea. If you are a member of the school, our Executive Chef will teach you how to make a meal with the products you have purchased at the Farmer’s Market in the Meinl kitchen on Lincoln Avenue.
It’s not just that Meinl supports the neighborhood, it’s also our customers! Customers bring in a non-perishable food item in return for a free 12oz cup of Meinl coffee. These items are collected and dropped off year-round at the Lakeview Pantry, one of Chicago’s few pantries to offer food distribution to homeless people.
These are just some of the many ways the Julius Meinl staff and customers act like a family to support the community we live and work in.
We have a long tradition of corporate social responsibility and we are dedicated to our employees. Taking care of them and treating every employee as a family member has been our highest goal for five generations.
'Our employees work so hard we feel very committed and socially responsible for them' says Thomas Meinl, a 4th generation family member who has been with the company for all his working life.
Founded in 1862 Julius Meinl became the largest importer of coffee and tea in the Austrian Empire. As the company grew in size, so did the social responsibility of Julius Meinl towards his employees.
- In 1906 Julius Meinl II had long appreciated the importance of good education in young people and founded the 'Private kaufmännische Fortbildungsschule', a private business training school for Julius Meinl apprentices and trainees.
- In 1907 Julius Meinl II was the first to give his employees all Sunday off work – long before Austria made it a law.
- In 1932 Julius Meinl was the first company to introduce the 5 day week with 43 instead of 48 hours. Employees were paid a wage equivalent to 45 work hours. The voluntary services provided by the Meinl company to its employees surely is one of the reasons for immense employee loyalty – 45 or 50 years with Julius Meinl was not uncommon then.
Julius Meinl has always been at the forefront of social responsibility. In the early years of the twentieth century we were the first company to introduce child care and a vacation home for our employees. We provided health care and free doctor consultations in times when this was most unusual.
Today we take this social responsibility as seriously as ever.
Legend claims that coffee originated in the Ethiopian province of Kaffa in 850 AD. Both Arabia and the Coast of East Africa were among the regions owing allegiance to the Turkish Ottoman Empire. Coffee was brought to Vienna in 1683 by a besieging Turkish army. The Fez, a red head-dress with a tassel, was worn widely in the Turkish lands.
When developing the Julius Meinl Logo it seemed appropriate to pay tribute to the Turks. In 1926 the well known Viennese artist Josef Binder designed the coffee boy logo. While the fez represented a tribute to the Turkish Sultan, the angelic boy represented the youth of a new company combined with the history of Vienna. The features of the coffee boy resemble the European Baroque angels that can be found throughout Austria's rich architecture.
Our logo has been modernized over the years. The coffee boy with the red fez is
now the international trademark of the Julius Meinl Group.
Today, the Meinl coffee boy has traveled across the globe.
He can be found in over 70 countries on coffees, teas, cups, t-shirts, posters, tins and more. Sometimes he is even larger than life. In Vienna, he stands above the Meinl am Graben store in statue form. The talented sculptress Johanna Lumpi from Salzburg took a molding of this very statue and created a duplicate for the Meinl coffeehouse in Chicago. Standing 6’ 2”, the bronze statue of our coffee boy traveled all the way from Vienna to Chicago. The Meinl coffee boy greets each customer on the way in, offering Vienna coffee culture in the cup he holds in his hands.
The Julius Meinl Group (pronounced MY'nl) was founded in Vienna in 1862 by a boy from the country who came to Imperial Vienna looking for work. He opened a small store and started selling green coffee. In those days coffee beans were roasted at home on kitchen stoves. This process required a lot of care as there was a considerable risk of burning the beans. It was young Julius Meinl who had the ingenious idea of selling fresh roasted coffee.
This innovation was accepted by the Viennese with enthusiasm and brought him great success. In 1891 Julius Meinl opened a modern roasting plant on the very site where the Ottoman army had left the green coffee beans 200 years earlier.
Since then 5 generations of the Meinl family have been supplying customers with the world's finest coffees. For 150 years Julius Meinl has been Central Europe's leading Coffee Company.
Based in Vienna, Austria, the coffee capital of the world, our name stands for tradition, experience and premium products. Our coffee buyers, blenders and roasting specialists are leaders in their profession and Julius Meinl guarantees quality coffee of incomparable aroma and taste. Today Julius Meinl is a leading producer and trader of quality teas, jams and many other fine foods.
Our state-of-the-art roasting plants combined with the unique Julius Meinl coffee roasting experience and know-how guarantees the persistent premium quality of our coffee blends.
In Chicago, U.S.A. Julius Meinl has two locations offering true Viennese Coffee house experience and a Patisserie where traditional European sweet and savory pastries are made from scratch and baked fresh daily. Due to the great success of this initial journey to North America by means of Chicago, Julius Meinl is providing Coffee Service to more than 25 cities in North America.
OUR VALUES - CULTURE
We value Viennese Coffeehouse Culture.
Customer satisfaction is the feeling our customers get while sipping Julius Meinl coffee. Picture yourself inside a Viennese coffeehouse, architecturally and aesthetically appealing, reminiscent of your dream living room, thumbing through your iPad as your server brings your Meinl coffee on a silver tray. Coffee houses have always been cosmopolitan meeting places with a strong link to art and culture.
Perhaps you have ordered a flaky butter croissant with jam and butter or maybe you are a bit hungrier and select the spinach mushroom feta baked eggs. Whatever you choose, as you read in your comfy personally selected seating area, you hear the sounds of classical or light jazz playing in the background and think; this is what life is all about, I may just be able to conquer the day now! Or, perhaps, you frequent the coffeehouse later, choosing to catch up on your latest novel – whether you are writing one yourself or reading someone else’s. The scenes inside the coffeehouse are endless – families together, the little ones content with the Meinl cookie, first dates are sure to impress with a fancy petite four, friends chatting on the outdoor patio during the warm weather, German speaking clubs meeting on Monday nights, knitting clubs, business meetings…it’s all there; it’s all welcome in your local Julius Meinl.