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The Westfeldt Brothers story is one of a family that has dedicated itself to the green coffee industry for six generations. It began with the emigration of Vice-Consul Gustavus Adolphus George Westfeldt (born 1813) from Sweden to Mobile, Alabama in 1835. In 1851, Gustavus Adolphus founded Westfeldt Brothers Inc. in Mobile as one of the nation’s first green coffee importers. In 1853, the company moved from Mobile to New Orleans, occupying the warehouses and offices of a bankrupt debtor. By 1880, Westfeldt Brothers Inc. was recognized as one of the principal green coffee importers in the nation.


In 1882, Gustavus Adolphus’ son, Gustaf Rhinehold Westfeldt, Sr., took the helm from his father and ran the company for 24 years.

Gustaf Rhinehold Westfeldt, Sr.’s two sons, Gustaf Rhinehold Westfeldt, Jr. and George Gustaf Westfeldt succeeded their father and ran the company together.

George Gustaf Westfeldt, affectionately known as “Big George” began work for Westfeldt brothers in 1906. Big George was chairman of the board of DH Holmes, served on the board of First National Bank Corporation, and served as president of Green Coffee Association of New Orleans and the Waldo Burton Home officially named The Society for Destitute Orphan Boys.

Gustaf Rhinehold Westfeldt, Jr. (born 1883), while serving in World War I as a captain in the 133rd field artillery, was decorated with the Croix de Guerre by Marshall Foch for his valor in the Battle of Argonne.

One year later, in 1919, he returned to New Orleans and began working for Westfeldt Brothers at the age of 36. Gustaf Rhinehold went on to be a founding member and director of the National Coffee Association and served three terms as President of the Green Coffee Association.

In 1940, “Big George’s” only son, George Gustaf Westfeldt, Jr., (born 1911) affectionately known as “Sunny”, joined the firm. Several years later, Sunny volunteered for duty and served in the Pacific on a PT boat at the rank Lieutenant JG. Sunny was wounded during his service and recovered at hospital in Australia before returning to Westfeldt brothers in 1946.

He went on to serve as president of the Green Coffee Association, president of Waldo Burton Home, and served on the boards of the National Coffee Association, Hibernia National Bank, and the World Trade Center.


In 1974, after graduating from Louisiana State University, Thomas Dugan Westfeldt, II, son of George G. Westfeldt, Jr., began working for Westfeldt Brothers ushering in the fifth generation of Westfeldt family members to preside over Westfeldt Brothers. Thomas currently serves as Honorary Consul to Sweden, sits on the Board of the World Trade Center of New Orleans, the New York Board of Trade Coffee Committee, the Audubon Institute, Whitney National Bank, and Tulane Health and Sciences Center. He has served as president of the Green Coffee Association of New Orleans and the New Orleans Board of Trade and now sits on Dock Board of the Port of New Orleans. Thomas Dugan is currently President and Chief Executive Officer of Westfeldt Brothers Inc.

Westfeldt Brothers is pleased to have a member of the sixth generation currently working for the company. Shelby Westfeldt joined the company in 2007 after spending two years in New York City. While there she worked on the New York Board of Trade for James Calcagnini at East Coast Options Services.

Westfeldt Brothers has continued to offer quality coffee and service to our customers for more 150 years, enduring such disastrous events as the Civil War, World War I, The Great Depression, World War II, the “Killer Frost” of 1975. Most recently, Westfeldt Brothers endured Hurricane Katrina by relocating the company and all employees to Asheville NC. Westfeldt was up and running at the start of business one week after the storm hit and never missed a delivery. We continue to offer that same time tested standard of service, now and in the years to come.

 

 





Westfeldt Brothers Inc. P.O. Box 51750
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130

(504) 586-0084

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