Ask any firefighter what two things make their shifts lighter and they will invariably reply, “coffee and camaraderie.” At least, that’s what Luke Schneider lists as his top two necessities in a balanced workplace. At first, he wasn’t very particular about what kind of coffee hit his mug; If it was hot and black it worked. Fortunately, he met and married a woman who elevated his experience in coffee as well as in life, and things took off from there.
Luke is the founder of Fire Dept Coffee, brewed by firefighters, for firefighters. It is the company that takes pride not only in its products but in its mission to support firefighters who are sick or injured.
The quirky company started in a small space, with their small staff working 24 hours a day- literally sleeping on the floor when the opportunity for rest presented itself- to keep the roasting process going. Today the company is in larger quarters. Its staff has expanded and its products have too. You can get everything from rich bold coffee to tequila or bourbon-infused roasts. You can also get yourself a mug or t-shirt designed by the company. Want to be more than a drive-by consumer? There’s a club for that. Go ahead and join the Coffee of the Month club, and never run out.