Around here, we are coffee snobs for our cup of joe, and we know you’re going to love these top-rated veteran-owned coffee companies!
Whether you’re a military spouse, service member or civillian, there is no better feeling than supporting veteran-owned businesses on a daily basis.
From dark roast to specialty coffee brands, we’ve got you covered.
Top-Rated Veteran-Owned Coffee Companies
We’ve tried to include the most comprehensive list of coffee companies and brands so you can spread the love around.
Many of these companies are owned by combat veterans and offer fresh roasted coffee right after your order comes through.
These ALL make great gifts for holidays and special occasions too!
1. Pale Horse Veteran Owned Coffee
With 50+ years of combined service to the USA in the Navy and Air Force – Don Wingard and Gray Livingston discovered a passion for great coffees. They hope to share that love of caffeine with you and your families with light, medium and dark roasts!
Don retired from a 30-year career in the US Navy where he spent his first eight years as an Electronics Technician and his final 22 years as a Surface Warfare Officer.
Gray served in the USAF from 1982-2003, first as an enlisted ICBM electronic technician, commissioned in 1992 serving the remainder of his career as a Communications Officer.
2. Altruistic Joe
If you’re a coffee lover, you’ll love that Altruistic Joe is a veteran-owned coffee business with two defined goals:
- Provide our customers the very best coffee available in the world, roasted fresh before it ships, sold at a competitive price.
- Maximize the positive global impact of each order by donating 20% of all net proceeds to a group of highly rated charities, addressing a diverse set of needs.
After the Jenks’ Family’s 20+ years of service with the US Coast Guard concluded, their next chapter began. After a career dedicated to the slogan “so others may live”, they felt the need to serve others in come capacity in the next chapter, which is how they landed on the idea for Altruistic Joe Coffee. Like many other veteran-owned small businesses, Altruistic Joe commits a significant portion of its profits to charity.
3. Guardian Coffee Co.
Guardian is a small, Veteran-family owned company based in SE Texas. During his time in the Marine Corps, Derek Pettus, deployed twice with his artillery unit, where their call sign was Guardian.
At Guardian Coffee Co., your coffee is never roasted until your order is placed, so it shows up perfectly fresh every time. Most of their roasts are either Organic or Natural, and they offer 100% free shipping on all domestic orders. They also offer several brewing guides for free and recommended brewing equipment is available for purchase on site.
Guardian also participates in many community based initiatives: One of the initiatives gives a portion of our profits to The Conner T. Lowry Memorial Foundation, one of Golf Battery’s Fallen Marines. They help kids in Chicago get college scholarships.
4. Warrior Spirit Coffee
5% of all sales goes directly back into the community, regardless of if they make a profit or not. They are committed to giving back to veteran, conservation and youth organizations.
Other than our coffee beans, which come from around the world, they work to source everything else from American producers. From the bags to the hoodies and t-shirts and everything in-between they work with companies that produce goods here in the United States. Even the coffee roaster machines are built in the USA!
They strive to be as eco-friendly as possible using compostable and recycled products for the majority of our packing and other supplies.
5. Freedom Hill Coffee
The Freedom Hill team of Veterans and Veteran allies work together everyday in honor of all our Veterans we have lost to combat and the war within. We honor their legacies of service and friendship and are proud to share a message of healing for all our warriors that are out there struggling in silence.
Freedom Hill Coffee Roasters and Freedom Hill Folk School were founded to be a light in the darkness, support those that have sacrificed so much for us all and let our Warriors know that they too can find their own peace and purpose after service.
6. Black Rifle Coffee Company
Founded in 2014 by former U.S. Army Green Beret Evan Hafer, Black Rifle Coffee Company was built upon the mission to serve coffee and culture to people who love America.
Black Rifle stands for more than high-quality coffee. We are a veteran-owned business operated by principled men and women who honor those who protect, defend, and support our country.
A large part of Black Rifle Coffee Company’s success is due to the outstanding work ethic and discipline of our veteran employees. As we grow, we’re committed to hiring 10,000 Veterans to provide opportunities to the military community that helped build us.
As a veteran-owned and operated company, Black Rifle Coffee also strives to help other service-members successfully transition from the military into entrepreneurship. We provide assistance to Veterans who seek to launch a business of their own, helping more companies like Black Rifle Coffee Company become a reality.
7. Alpha Coffee
The founders of Alpha Coffee know from experience that life’s too short for bad coffee. That’s why, for every coffee purchased, they’ll send the equivalent of a cup of coffee to deployed troops.
When LTC(R) Carl Churchill and his wife Lori Churchill started selling coffee in late 2010, they implemented four main principles:
- Awesome Coffee
- Be a warrior
- Have fun
- Give back
These guiding principles have survived over a decade, becoming their Warrior Ethos, and their influence is apparent in the quality coffee blends and dedication to supporting our troops. Dawn patrol and lock-n-load java are top favorites!
8. Counter Strike Coffee Company
The most patriotic, thing you will put in your face today!
Now with three amazing blends including Fire Watch, that’s got a fully loaded magazine of caffeine, Napalm where there is nothing like the smell of napalm in the morning, Smooth Operator dark roast for those days you want to get your work done!
9. Invader Coffee
Founded by Owner/CEO Wes Whitlock, Marine Veteran and ex-protection specialist. Currently operating with no partners or investors, just hard work fueled by passion and lots of Invader Coffee.
Invader Coffee is proudly part of the world’s 1% of coffee that is air-roasted. Every bag of Invader Coffee is smooth, high quality, and low acidity.
10. Victory Coffee
As a former Navy SEAL Cade Courtley and his teammates operated in some of the most hazardous places on the planet. And no matter how dangerous or miserable the situation was; like those who served before us, they always had that warm cup of coffee.
This became their sanctuary. It’s this simple act of enjoying a great cup of coffee that “his team” wants to share with you. Regardless of the challenges that lay ahead – you’ll know you started your day the right way.
11. Warfighter Coffee Company
Warfighter Coffee Company is a roast to order, veteran owned and operated coffee company with unmatched coffee. They are an expanding coffee company located in San Diego that specialized in micro lot coffees.
Warfighter Coffee Company provides the highest possible customer service at the lowest possible price and delivers unrivaled specialty coffee to their customers, while improving the lives of veterans by creating jobs, donating profits to veteran organizations and raising awareness for mental illness in both the civilian and military sector.
12. Military Java Group
All of Military Java Group coffees are made from the finest 100% Arabica coffee beans. The dark caramel coloring is paired with a complexity of rich flavorings guaranteed to pleasure the palate of even the most particular of coffee connoisseurs.
Their coffees have an enticing aromatic quality combined with hearty flavor characteristics which combine to provide a mellow and deeply satisfying cup which is a true gourmet’s delight.
Military Java Group by Matt Phillips is the culmination of a desire to take 35-years of coffee-industry experience and mold it into something which can make a difference in the lives of our young men and women who have given so much in service and sacrifice to this great nation.
Coffee has shared a special place in the American military tradition as far back as the Civil War, and continues to be a part of military life to this day. They hope you’ll join them in their mission of supporting all of our Military — Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard — in their time of need.
Personal recommendation is Jarhead Java blend!
13. GI Joe Coffee
A Veteran-owned and operated company with a mission to bring people coffees and products that will make a difference. Choosing G.I. Joe Coffee, people worldwide will positively influence the lives of disadvantaged, disabled, and differently-abled American Veterans and the families of soldiers who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
Their brand brings back memories of yesteryear. Packaged with a nostalgic 1940’s style look and feel, similar to branding during WWII, and will feature military stories and facts, making our anniversary tin cans a must-have for collectors, history buffs, or simply those who enjoy reflecting on the historic past of our great nation.
14. Scars and Stripes Coffee
At Scars & Stripes Coffee, our business structure is founded on empowering veterans to start their own businesses. Our core pillar is creating a veterans-only salesforce and only veterans can sell Scars & Stripes Coffee products.
When you buy coffee from Scars and Stripes, you are buying from a veteran and your purchase directly impacts the men and women who have served our country.
15. Three rivers coffee company
Three Rivers Coffee Company is a service-disabled veteran-owned and operated, small batch coffee roasting company. They roast-to-order premium coffee beans that they import from around the world.
They offer their coffee in whole bean, ground and single serve coffee pods. Their mission is to provide the community with an amazing cup of coffee and help put veterans back to work.
16. Got Your Six Coffee Co.
Forged through adversity… In the beginning our nation’s heroes start off as nothing.
Then through a process of adversity they are molded into something greater than themselves that serves a higher purpose.
Got Your Six coffee from Eric Hadley goes through that same process. It starts as nothing and through series of adversities. It becomes a specialty coffee that is uniquely crafted to serve a higher purpose.
Through the power of coffee they support our nation’s heroes: Law Enforcement Officers, Firefighters, Emergency Medical Technicians, Healthcare Professionals, Veterans and their families. They are the glue that keeps this country together. THIS is why they have made it their mission to serve.
17. Swatara Coffee Co.
Swatara Coffee Co. has its origins in Afghanistan in 2013. (No, really!) John started dreaming of opening a coffee shop while he was deployed and engaged to Joanna.
They were finally able to make that dream come true after John left the Navy and they bought a Civil War-era house in Joanna’s hometown. Focused on creating community, they named their shop after a river that runs through the town.
Swatara Coffee Co. sources from local farms and purveyors as often as possible. We believe this not only provides a better quality product but, more importantly, it supports our neighbors, their businesses, and area farms.
18. 11B Coffee (11 Bravo Coffee Company), California
11 Bravo Coffee Company (11BCC) mission is to provide its customers, with the ultimate coffee experience, while also supporting our local Veterans. 11BCC started with a vision by enlisted soldier, Sgt(R) Victor Alaniz (who goes by Vic) and his wife Erin.
Their love for coffee inspired them to not only start a family-owned business, but one that would also support veterans like Vic. So Much so he enlisted his brother who was a “Doc” for an infantry platoon with the 82nd Airborne Division in the help of expanding the business and helping his brother develop a business that could help provide for him his wife and 3 boys.
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22 Sierra Coffee Co. is another great one!
Burr Roasters in Leavenworth, KS is also awesome!
Red White & Badass Brew is not only badass coffee, but also supports a great mission.
Yes! Freedom Hill Coffee! 🙂 If you have never tried it, I highly recommend it!