PJ's Coffee
usnook | 2013-08-02 16:09

PJ's Coffee of New Orleans is a chain of retail coffeehouses founded in September 1978 by Phyllis Jordan (thus the initials "PJ"). PJ's spread throughout the Greater New Orleans Area with company-owned outlets. Its first franchise, in Mandeville, Louisiana, in 1989, was successively followed by franchises in Hammond, Louisiana, and Picayune, Mississippi. PJ's then expanded across the Southeast and to other parts of the United States including California.


Dr Nick Bruno, president of the University of Louisiana at Monroe, is an aficionado of PJ's Coffee.

Jordan sold the company in 2002 to Raving Brands, an Atlanta-based firm. However, in 2008, ownership of PJ's returned to New Orleans when it was acquired from Raving Brands by New Orleans Brew, LLC. In its aggressive courting of potential franchisees, the closely held company offers a training program for potential and current restaurateurs. PJ's brand of coffee is also available in selected supermarkets.

PJ's has been cited for its customer loyalty and mentioned as a challenger to Starbucks, with which PJ's has a comparable menu. In 2004 PJ's announced an ambition to compete head-to-head with Starbucks on a national basis.

In 2009, PJ's was named the "preferred coffee" of the New Orleans Saints.

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