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
Founder, CEO, Roaster-at-Large
Eric only drank tea as a kid. Then while serving in Afghanistan in the U.S. Navy, he discovered the dark side at Green Beans Coffee, the staple of every Forward Operating Base of the US military. He’s been addicted ever since.
He spent five years serving in the Middle East, including Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, East Africa, and Germany before earning the title of Senior Chief.
When he’s not at the helm at Seven Seas Roasting Co., he’s in the gym practicing Muay Thai, serving in the U.S. Navy Reserves, or chasing his daughter, Vivian, around the house.
Rob loves to push life’s boundaries and is constantly on the move. It’s no wonder his first tattoo was a traditional Sailor Jerry bald eagle: diehard patriotism meets rebellious attitude. Originally from the majestic Catskill mountains of New York, he’s called Bangkok, Thailand home for the past few years.
He began his military career in the US Navy, moved on to become a TACP (Tactical Air Control Party) in the US Air Force and wrapped up his journey as a PMC (Private Military Contractor) providing high-threat protection during multiple back to back tours throughout Afghanistan and Iraq.
Now he’s slinging bags of beans with the best of them, maintaining his signature sh*t eating grin and fighting to rebalance the scales of equality in the exciting world of global coffee trading. As one of the greatest poets of our time, Redman from the Wu-Tang Clan, once proclaimed, it’s “Time 4 Sumaksion”.
Wholesale Accounts Manager
Rob eats and breathes health and fitness. It’s his religion. When he’s not spreading the good word and building our partnership accounts, he’s in the gym bending metal bars with his teeth. Ladies...he is currently single.
Director of Operations
Sasha grew up unlike most of us: coffee was illegal and only consumed when smuggled across the border. Now she makes a pour-over so delicious, the heavenly aromas spread to the four corners of the world. Before coming onboard, she worked for the United Nations. Yes, that United Nations.
Marketing Creative Lead
Bill Murray talked Mark into coffee. It involved a cigarette, a pot of coffee, and a black and white movie reminisce of classic film-noir. He never smoked a cigarette again, but has been addicted to coffee ever since. He’s a yogi who looks at coffee as the most globally connected experience on the planet.
After buying a one-way ticket from Seattle to Southeast Asia, Tyson had a dream. That dream led him to Lao's Bolaven Plateau. There, he established Jhai Coffee House which invests 100% of net profits into water & hygiene solutions at schools within the community.
He lived for four years in Laos working with the Jhai Coffee Farmers Cooperative where he mastered the art of coffee picking, processing, fermentation, drying, roasting and brewing before moving to San Diego.