Where Did Veteran Coffee Roasters Come From
To support wounded and disabled veterans by producing superior coffee.
Veteran Coffee Roasters was established by Robert Mastin, a Vietnam veteran who served as a surface warfare officer on the USS Joseph Hewes (FF-1078) in the Gulf of Tonkin in 1972. The Joey supported Marine Corps units ashore with naval gunfire support (NGFS) and was considered a “Top Gun” by the Marines for its targeting accuracy. Bob was the Combat Information Officer (CICO) during this deployment.
Bob established his roasting company, CHC, Ltd., in 2002 with the Custom House Coffee brand, a popular regional brand that has won numerous awards for quality in several publications such as Yankee Magazine, Rhode Island Monthly, and Newport Life Magazine. It is sold in numerous local and regional restaurants, cafes, bed & breakfasts, and markets, including the Whole Foods Markets in Rhode Island and the Newport Navy Exchange.
The new Veteran Coffee Roasters brand was created specifically to benefit veterans, with one dollar for every pound sold going to support wounded and disabled veterans through various support organizations. We hope to make a meaningful contribution to this worthy cause and the veterans it helps.
The Veteran Coffee Roasters brand coffee is sold wholesale only to qualified retailers, veteran’s organizations and military units. The purpose is to allow veteran and military organizations to use the coffee as a fund raising tool in support of their own organization or any other cause they want to support, from the local food pantry to another worthy veteran cause like the USO. The organization buys the coffee wholesale and resells it retail, with the difference going to its chosen cause. Two worthy causes are supported, while the ultimate coffee drinkers get really good quality coffee. Everyone wins.
The same standards that have earned Custom House Coffee
so many awards for superior quality are followed for the Veteran Coffee Roasters blends. Only the finest specialty-grade, high-grown arabica beans are roasted daily in small batches to keep the beans as fresh as possible. We have made a real commitment to offering the best, most flavorful coffee you can buy anywhere. The coffee is roasted daily on two U.S. made, state-of-the-art Diedrich roasters by roastmaster Mastin and a roasting crew with over 25 years combined experience.