I guess this story starts many years ago when I was a young man in college.
I was 19 years old and a student at Troy State University. It was a time in my life where I wasn't walking with the Lord but living for myself. My girlfriend (who is now my wife of 11 years) came to me and told me we were going to have a baby. We quickly planned a wedding and I dropped out of school to find a job.
I worked for about a year in a half as a salesman for a company in Anniston Alabama. I wasn't happy being in a cubicle for 8 hours a day so we moved back to Selma and I started working Construction. In that time, I got smoked by Jesus and knew that I was called to do more.
For years I would put in applications everywhere I could, but would never get the job (It was always some crazy reason that I was turned down). I finally told the Lord that if He wanted me to be doing something else, He was big enough to bring it to me. For two more years I continued on with life as I had for the previous 7 years.
At the beginning of 2014, a good friend of mine and the owner of G Momma cookies (See more about G Momma HERE) came to me with the idea of a new business for Selma, AL. I prayed about it and then started taking small steps in the direction of starting a local roasting company. There were many mountains that had to be moved but the Lord was faithful and removed them. On October 1st of 2014, the desire in my heart was fulfilled and I opened up Revival Coffee Company.
I jumped in headfirst and the Lord was faithful in setting up contacts so that I could learn the trade. I found out that I had a distant relative who had been roasting for 30 years. He let me come to Louisiana and learn under him before I even purchased a roaster. I knew that I needed to learn more so that I could offer the best coffee, so I signed up for a cupping course. The course got cancelled but they allowed me to come up for 1 on 1 training.
During the training, I learned that Mane' Alves, the man I was training under, was one of the top cuppers in the world. He was once the SCAA's Technical Standards Committee director and is an International Coffee Tasting Judge. On the last day of training he told me "I don't train people like this and don't know what compelled me to". I smiled to myself knowing that it was the Lord's Favor.
I was also able to train with a roaster in New York who has built the company from the ground up. I am very thankful that the Lord has put these contacts/ mentors in my life.
In all of this, it is my desire to run a company that glorifies Jesus in the way that we conduct business. It is also a desire to be able to bless nonprofit organizations locally and around the world.
Whenever I asked the Lord about what Revival Coffee Company was all about, I feel He spoke to my heart "It's all for good" and I am dedicated to running Revival Coffee Company in this way.