Family-Owned and Operated since 1991! A business that is Family-Owned no longer is viewed as a business, it becomes a member of the family. Our coffee romance began in San Francisco in the 60’s. Jazz clubs and coffeehouses, long conversations with friends and strangers in our own little “Penny Universities.” From there, onto Berkeley where coffeehouses were where you studied and debated current events. It was that environment that developed our love for coffee, its culture, and the quest for the perfect cup. In 1991, our Founder Harold Henderson finally realized that dream and started Big River Coffee.