Historic Alabama: November 2021

Royal Cup Coffee is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year.

One of Alabama’s most venerable businesses is turning 125 this year. Royal Cup Coffee began percolating in 1896, when Henry T. Batterton made rounds in Birmingham via horse-drawn wagon. His company, Batterton Coffee Company, served coffee that became known around town as a “royal” cup of coffee. When the Smith family purchased the company in…

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