It was hot. It was dusty. And before the next mortar round struck in Afghanistan, we poured another round of coffee. It was 2008 and we each were in need of caffeine.
Years later, we randomly bumped into each other at a coffee bar in Bangkok and the real coffee journey began: the journey where coffee farmers are treated like humans and where the coffee they produce tastes damn good too.What we found out on our travels became the impetus for Seven Seas Roasting Co: what most call fair trade is nothing more than an airline calling economy seating comfortable. It’s a sham.
So, we set out to change that.
The name Seven Seas Roasting Co. is a nod to past explorers and adventurers, who risked everything in the pursuit of reaching new lands in search of exotic rewards to return with. Join us and raise your cup high.
Eric and Rob
Occupation: Founder, CEO, Master Roaster
First Cup of Coffee: I only drank tea as a kid. Then I went to Afghanistan and discovered the dark side at Green Beans Coffee. I’ve been addicted ever since.
Interests: Besides coffee, I’m also addicted to Muay Thai and chasing my daughter, Vivian, around the house. I also have 400 gallons of salt-water aquariums in my home.
Relationship Status: Married
The Song I Sing in the Car When No One is Looking:The intro to Joe Rogan’s podcast
First Tattoo: When I was 15, I got an old Sailor Jerry tiger tattooed on my shoulder.
Little Known Fact: Jag talar svenska. (I speak Swedish.)
First Cup of Coffee: Two parts sugar, one part coffee. What can I say? French vanilla creamer is crack for kids.
Interests: I love to push life’s boundaries, constantly on the move traveling the globe for both business and pleasure. I’m also a bit of a gym rat, animal lover and self proclaimed ice cream connoisseur.
The Song I Sing in the Car When No One is Looking: For sure, “You’ve Got A Friend In Me” from Toy Story.
First Tattoo: A traditional Sailor Jerry style bald eagle, inked onto the inner bicep of my right arm. I liked the patriotism and the rebellious attitude associated with Sailor Jerry.
Little Known Fact:I’ve lived in Bangkok, Thailand for the last four years.
First Cup of Coffee: My mother got me addicted. One day before school, I guess she thought I was old enough and she served me a cup of coffee for the first time with breakfast. I drowned it in milk, but from that day on my life changed. (Yes, I know I have the best mother in the world thank you very much).
When Not Drinking Coffee: I climb rocks and music is in my DNA
The Song I Sing in the Car When No One is Looking: I sing whenever I'm in the car regardless of the passengers. One of my favorite songs to sing is "You're nobody til somebody loves you" by Dean Martin.
Little Known Fact: I play Dungeons & Dragons.
Occupation:Master of Sales
When Not Drinking Coffee: I’m a peak performer. Health and fitness is my religion.
The Song I Sing in the Car When No One is Looking: Any Kid Rock song but… Picture featuring Sheryl Crow? Hell yeah.
First Tattoo: The first? My family’s initials on my leg. Family is life.
Little Known Fact: I cradle like none other when on the lacrosse field.
Occupation:Director of Operations
First Cup of Coffee: In my home country, instant coffee was a luxury and smuggled in across the border. So when I had my first pour-over and tasted good coffee, I fell in love.
When Not Drinking Coffee: Every month I read a book. Reading is my passion.
Song I Sing When No One Is Looking: "In the Hall of the Mountain King” by Edvard Grieg
Little Known Fact: Just one? C’mon now…I was born in Soviet Union /I play violin / I worked for the United Nations / I speak Russian.
First Cup of Coffee: Bill Murray talked me into coffee. It was 2am and my buddy and I sat down to watch Bill Murray in Coffee and Cigarettes.
We each smoked a cigarette and drank black coffee. It was delicious. I never smoked a cigarette again, but have been happily addicted to coffee ever since.
When Not Drinking Coffee: I like to be upside down. It helps me look at life different. So, it’s not uncommon to find me practicing handstands or flexing downward dog at the sunrise.
What song do you sing in the car when no one is looking? Eddie Vedder “Hard Sun”
Little Known Fact: I own an Elvis Presley jumpsuit. Yes, I’ve been to Graceland. No, I don’t have sideburns (anymore)...
Occupation: Marketing and Laos Ambassador
First Cup of Coffee: After cramming for a test all evening, I woke up feeling completely trashed. I stumbled to the kitchen and for some reason poured a cup of coffee with lots of cream and sugar. I choked it down and off I went to Econ 102 in Kane Hall. I am not sure if it was the coffee or not, but I did become an Economics major! ;)
When Not Drinking Coffee: You can find me 4-5 days a week at Mesa Rim climbing gym or outside between two palm trees balancing on a slackline. If you catch me sitting still, I will usually be buried in a book or journaling.
Song I Sing When No One Is Looking: Anything by Trevor Hall or Nhako.
Little Known Fact: I lived for four years in Laos working with the Jhai Coffee Farmers Cooperative and know a ton about coffee picking, processing, fermentation, drying, roasting and brewing.