August 03, 2021 1 Comment
It’s no secret that Fire Department Coffee is run by firefighters.
Did you know that we are also veteran-owned? In fact, we are proud to announce that we recently received formal recognition as a Certified Veteran’s Business Enterprise from the National Veteran-Owned Business Association (NaVOBA).
This is the gold standard of veteran-owned business recognition because it requires that the business be majority-owned, operated and controlled by U.S. military veterans. It’s a higher standard than many other certifications, and it’s one that we are proud to meet.
Our founder, CEO and principal owner Luke Schneider is a Navy veteran. He served from 2004 to 2008 as a Petty Officer Second Class as well as a Damage Controlman (DC) which is a Shipboard Firefighter. While aboard ship, Schneider was a member of the Visit, Board, Search and Seizure team, whose mission was to combat terrorism, piracy and smuggling, as well as to inspect other vessels at sea.
Schneider served in the midst of our nation’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and his ultimate goal was always to become a professional firefighter. Every sailor in the U.S. Navy is trained as a firefighter, so Schneider knew that this training would be incredibly valuable to him in the future.
In the Navy, Schneider got his first introduction to working long hours, which are also common for firefighters. Seeking fuel to get through those seemingly endless shifts, he discovered a love for coffee and the powerful jolt of energy it gave him.
So as he left the Navy and pursued a career as a professional firefighter, he also founded Fire Dept. Coffee, dedicated to providing freshly-roasted, great-tasting coffee for people everywhere. He started with Fire Department Coffee’s Original, Medium Roast Coffee as well as the signature Bourbon Infused Coffee as part of the growing line of Spirit Infused Coffee.
The business has grown rapidly. Fire Dept. Coffee offers an exceptional selection of incredible roasts from the world’s premier coffee-growing regions. But those who love Fire Dept. Coffee also recognizes the authenticity of the men and women behind the amazing coffee.
Real veterans and real firefighters. Really running the show.
At Fire Dept. Coffee, we hope that you drink our coffee because you love the taste and the way it gets you ready to face any challenge the day brings. And we hope you enjoy it just a little more, knowing that you’re supporting a Certified Veteran’s Business Enterprise.
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