Behind the Bite

Coffee Brewers Go from Hobbyists to Wholesalers

The Walkers broke into the coffee industry after humble beginnings as coffee enthusiasts.   Lorraine and Phil Walker started their coffee business off about as local as possible. They began roasting coffee beans in a popcorn maker and selling it to their friends in Gallipolis in 2008.   With no starting capital, they managed to turn one of the rooms in their house into a USDA-approved roasting site, distributing to one Kroger in Athens, and gained a very small online following.   These days the Walkers spend most of their week inside their 400-square-foot coffee warehouse alongside whirring grinders and the constant smell of beans.  With simple origins, Silverbridge Coffee now produces about 1,200 pounds of coffee […]