Nicholas Coffee & Tea Co.

23 Market Square
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 261-4225 PHONE
(412) 471-9208 FAX
(888) 261-4225TOLL FREE


Monday-Friday: 7:00am - 5:30pm EST
Saturday: 9:00am - 4:00pm EST

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"The bitterness of poor quality remains
long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten..." – Nick Nicholas

alt Nicholas C. Nicholas

Coffees and Teas not only rank among the greatest of all pleasures of the palate, they also represent the outstanding gourmet bargain in the world today. For just pennies, a cup the knowledgeable person can sample a rich and varied assortment of tastes, scents and satisfactions.

The history of Nicholas Coffee Co. is one of pride, quality, and consistency. In nearly a century of roasting and selling the finest coffees worldwide, Nicholas Coffee Co. has remained true to its roots, concentrating on providing the best tasting coffee directly to the consumer. Unlike many of our competitors who have short histories and limited experience selling coffee, we have always been in the gourmet coffee business. Since 1919, we have roasted the finest Arabica coffees daily and sold them directly to the public.

Take a virtual tour of our history with videos produced by WQED public television.
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Video and Audio 56kbs

KDKA-TV news coverage of our 80th Anniversary, October 1999
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For more on Nicholas Coffee Co. and Nick Nicholas' experiences, read the best selling book on the history of coffee, "Uncommon Grounds" by Mark Pendergrast.

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1936 Flood strikes Market Square
Second Generation Owner:
Gus Nicholas - 1957
Nicholas receives regular shipments of fresh beans from around the world.
Coffee is roasted daily on-site using the same time-honored methods since 1919.
Enjoy a fresh-brewed cup in our store or savor the process and craft your own at home.
Four generations of hands-on care and one-to-one service lead to consistent quality.


Always start with fresh roasted whole beans.

When you purchase fresh roasted, whole bean coffee, you're on your way to a great cup of coffee. The flavor and aroma of whole bean coffee isn't released until you grind it. Once you taste whole bean specialty coffee sent fresh from the roaster to your store, you'll never be satisfied with canned coffee again!

Look for the Nicholas name.

Since 1919, Nicholas Coffee has been introducing discerning coffee lovers to fresh roasted, whole bean coffee. We still operate the old-fashioned way, carefully selecting and roasting small batches of 100% Arabica coffees for greater quality control. Our historic store in Pittsburgh's busy Market Square has been serving loyal customers for generations. And now you'll find fresh roasted Nicholas coffees in fine supermarkets and specialty stores.

Experiment with different blends, roasts and flavors.

Whether you like your cup strong and hearty, mellow and mild, or fancifully flavored, you'll find a Nicholas coffee variety that satisfies in every way. Concerned about caffeine? Nicholas Coffee offers you a wide selection of coffees with 98% of the caffeine removed, and all the rich flavor retained.

Release the fresh flavor.

If you have a grinder at home, grind your coffee beans just before brewing. Be sure to use the proper grind for your coffee brewer and grind only what you need. You see, ground coffee starts to lose its full, rich flavor in about one week. If you grind your coffee at the store, don't worry. The storage methods listed below will help keep your Nicholas coffee as fresh as the day it was roasted.

  • Store coffee in a dry, airtight container in the refrigerator. If you prefer to store your coffee elsewhere, keep it in an airtight container in a cool, dark place.
  • Coffee beans can also be stored in the freezer for several months.

Brew up a perfect pot.

Next, add fresh, cold water. The water you use really does make a difference. If your tap water tastes good, it will enhance the rich flavor. Otherwise you may consider purchasing bottled water. Also, please note that the water and other minerals leave a residue in your coffee maker which can greatly affect the flavor of your coffee. Measure your coffee accurately. A good starting point is two level tablespoons of coffee per 6 oz. cup of water. After brewing, remove and discard coffee grounds.

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Beat the downtown traffic. These fine retailers sell Nicholas Coffee beans and sampler packs.

Community SupermarketsFox Chapel1111 Freeport RoadPittsburghPA15238
Community SupermarketsLower Burrell3220 Leechburg RoadPittsburghPA15068
Community SupermarketsNatrona Heights1710 Pacific AvenuePittsburghPA15065
Community SupermarketsPenn Hills1117 Milltown RoadPenn HillsPA15147
Donatelli'sBloomfield4711 Liberty AvenuePittsburghPA15222
Merante'sSouth Oakland3454 Bates StreetPittsburghPA15213
Pennsylvania MacaroniStrip District2010-2012 Penn AvenuePittsburghPA15222
Safran's SupermarketSewickley429 Walnut StreetSewickleyPA15143
Shop N' SaveBethel Park5001 Library RoadBethel ParkPA15102
Shop N' SaveCastle Shannon799 Castle Shannon BlvdPittsburghPA15234
Shop N' SaveCranberry Twp.1189 Freedom RoadCranberryPA16066
Shop N' SaveGlenshaw917 Butler StreetPittsburghPA15223
Shop N' SaveHeidelberg2100 Washington PikeCarnegiePA15106
Shop N' SaveHoliday Park2362 Route 286PittsburghPA15239
Shop N' SaveKennedy500 Pine Hollow RoadMcKees RocksPA15136
Shop N' SaveKittanning1 Franklin Village MallKittanningPA16201
Shop N' SaveHeldsPA 66 at 16th StreetNorth ApolloPA15673
Shop N' SavePines Plaza1130 Perry HighwayPittsburghPA15237
Shop N' SaveSouth Fayette3239 Washington PikePittsburghPA15017
Shop N' SaveWest View184 Rochester RoadWest ViewPA15229
Shop N' SaveWilkins3335 William Penn HighwayPittsburghPA15235

Want to be a Nichloas Coffee retailer?

Since 1919, Nicholas Coffee Co. has been dedicated to bringing the freshest coffees from around the world directly to coffee lovers.

To see if you qualify to be a Select Retailer of Nicholas Coffees, please contact our corporate accounts officer via email to or by calling our office Tuesday-Friday, 11am - 4pm, with your store information.

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Cafe Diable

Prep Time: 2 minutes
Servings: 4 cups

Also known as Cafe Brulot.



  • 1/2 cup brandy
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 4 six-inch strips of orange peel
  • 4 three-inch strips of lemon peel
  • 2 two-inch pieces of cinnamon stick
  • 2 one-inch pieces of vanilla bean
  • 4 cups strong black coffee


Put all ingredients, except coffee, in a chafing dish. Warm gently, stirring until sugar dissolves and brandy is warm. Light brandy and let it burn for about 30 seconds, then ladle mixture into cups three-quarters full of hot coffee.


Espresso Granita

Prep Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4-6

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  • 4 cups freshly brewed espresso coffee
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 ounces dark chocolate, cut into thin shavings


While espresso is still hot, stir together with sugar until sugar dissolves. Let cool to room temperature.

Pour coffee into metal ice cube trays without dividers, or into a metal baking pan. Freeze until ice crystals begin to form; stir with a fork and return to freezer. Continue freezing, stirring every 30 to 45 minutes, until mixture is very thick and scoopable.

Serve in chilled glasses or ice cream cups, topped with chocolate shavings.

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