When I first entered the world of coffee many years ago, I remember being surprised by how many veteran owned coffee roasters and companies existed. Even more surprising was how darn good their coffee often was. Then it became obvious that my surprise was unwarranted. While the responsibility of protecting our country versus building a coffee business involve very different stakes, both endeavors require a focus, discipline, and commitment well beyond the norm. As a homage to the brave men and women who've served our country, we present to you the following list of the best veteran owned coffee companies.
Founded by veterans Libby and Janie Jenks, Altruistic Joe Coffee lives up to its namesake by focusing on producing an impeccable brew while serving greater causes. In addition to making a delicious coffee fit for the snobbiest of coffee snobs, the company donates a whopping 20% of their proceeds to charitable organizations such as Global Health & Human Services, Military Veteran & Family Services, Animal Welfare, and Environmental Conservation. The company offers 5 different single origin coffees along with 4 distinct blends of varying roast levels.
Black Rifle Coffee is easily one of the most popular veteran owned coffee companies out there and they've been around for a number of years. Their coffee is super strong and meant for the coffee who lover who appreciates a robust brew. They offer a wide variety of coffee flavors each creatively named like the “Silencer Smooth Brew” and the “AK-47 Espresso”. But this coffee didn't make this list for its product names. It's just darn good coffee that even the coffee connoisseur would appreciate. They have a solid selection of light, medium, and dark roasts that come in a variety of delivery forms from single serve coffee pods, ground coffee, and even instant coffee. If you're new to the world of veteran-owned coffee companies, you can't go wrong with Black Rifle Coffee Company.
Rick's Roasters was founded by veteran (USN retired) Sean Ricks and offers fair trade and ethically-sourced coffee that will please even the most uncompromising coffee lovers. With a wide variety of single origin coffees, there's literally something for every type of coffee lover. The company has established direct trade relationships with small farms in Honduras and Colombia. Their Four Horsemen Brew is their most popular which is a deliciously balanced medium-dark roasted brew made from high quality Indonesian and Central American beans.
Formed by veteran Garrett Cathcart, Cathcart Coffee Company donates proceeds from coffee sales to the non-profit America's Warrior Partnership. The coffee company offers 20 different options that range from Cinnabun and Hazelnut flavored blends to a clean single origin Ethiopian and Honduran brew.
No list of best veteran coffee companies would be complete without a mention of Victory Coffee. Formed by former Navy Seal Cade Courtney, the company delivers organically-grown fair-traded coffee. Courtney recalls how amidst some of the most hazardous conditions in the world, a simple cup of coffee served as a sanctuary for him and his comrades. The company has won the hearts of thousands of coffee lovers around the world with their award-winning coffee. Their coffee is available in whole bean, ground, and K-Cup compatible pods.
Why Drink Veteran Owned Coffee?
There are many reasons to buy veteran owned coffee. For one, we are helping to support the men and women who have literally risked their lives to bring us the freedoms we enjoy as Americans (no matter the political affiliations). And that includes the simple yet precious freedoms of being able to enjoy a cup of coffee in a free country.
Another reason to support veteran owned coffee companies is because they commonly donate to charitable causes. Whether it's giving to veteran-related charities or helping to bring clean water to neglected areas of the world, veteran owned coffee companies are often known for more than their just their coffee. In fact, for many veterans, establishing coffee companies was simply another means by which to serve. I know this fact doesn't technically have an affect on how good a given brew is, but being able to say thank you to them in a small yet meaningful way somehow makes my morning coffee experience all the more fulfilling.
We'll be continuing to update this list in the future. If you have any recommendations for other awesome veteran made coffees, please let us know in the comments below.