The company itself started in its first incarnation in 1984, when it was called The Gourmet’s Delight. “People who have been in Ithaca long enough, myself included, grew up drinking the coffee,” said Ganger, who was a customer of the store long before working there and who considers the fundamentals of the business to be contiguous from the old days. In 2004, new owners rebranded the business as the Ithaca Coffee Company and sharpened its focus, although the staff and their suppliers all remained the same throughout the transition.
Today, the Ithaca Coffee Company’s two locations focus on coffee first, and craft beer second. Both stores have warm, comfortable taverns within them, serving beer, wine and food. Both also include an area dedicated to stocked retail shelves. Retail at the company’s flagship location in the Triphammer Marketplace focuses on local, artisanal foodstuffs, while the newer location dedicates more shelf space to crafty home beer-brewing ingredients and supplies.