Where We Came From: About Founder & Owner Lorraine Walker
Silver Bridge Coffee Company is truly a home-grown Ohio business. As a hobby, Lorraine and Phil Walker started roasting coffee in a popcorn popper in their kitchen. They shared samples with friends and family near their home in Gallipolis, Ohio. Everyone raved about their “special brew,” and many encouraged them to start roasting and selling it to the public. In 2008, Silver Bridge Coffee was born and it remains a proud woman-owned Ohio and family-supported business.
Since the inception of our artisan, small-batch roast coffee company, Lorraine has made it her mission to source coffees curated from the best coffee-growing places in the world, support women-owned coffee farms, and to become a master coffee roaster.
Lorraine is a Level 2 Certified Roaster with the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA), and is an active member of the Roasters Guild. Silver Bridge Coffee is a member of the SCAA. Governor Kasich’s administration appointed Lorraine to Ohio’s Small Business Advisory Council. She is also a member of The National Association of Women Business Owners.
Lorraine is a supporter of other women-owned and -run businesses. She sells several varieties of Café Femenino Peruvian coffee. The Café Femenino Foundation provides grants for women and their families in coffee-producing countries such as Peru, Columbia and Guatemala.
In 2020, Silver Bridge Coffee partnered with the Café Femenino Foundation to fully fund 13 early childhood centers in Peru, something we couldn’t do without the enthusiastic support of our customers and retailers. Lorraine is a big believer in paying it forward, and has made local and international outreach an integral element of the Silver Bridge Coffee Company philosophy.
What We’ve Built About Silver Bridge Coffee Company
Silver Bridge imports the finest Fair Trade and organic coffee from all over the world. We support women-owned farms and independent coffee growers by only sourcing our coffees in ways that benefit the coffee farmers and their local communities. Before COVID hit, we were able to visit some of our coffee farmers personally and experience their lives and coffee-growing processes first-hand.
Freshness is key to optimal coffee flavor, so Silver Bridge goes from roaster to coffee cup in the shortest amount of time. Handwritten roast dates are on the back of every bag we sell at many of our stores. This is why if you order one of our specialty coffees through our website, it will take a couple days to get to you – we roast small batches to order. But when you receive a bag of expertly-roasted Silver Bridge coffee, you’ll understand why that’s the process we’ve chosen. This isn’t your typical coffee.
Silver Bridge carefully chooses select Arabica Beans. We roast in small batches and produce a line of popular specialty blends including the (614) Blend and the Buckeye Breakfast Buzz. We’re also known for our Mothman coffee, named for local legend and perfectly blended to reflect the taste preferences of our Southern Ohio communities.
Our cutting-edge flavored coffees use the most natural flavoring system available. All our flavored coffees are naturally-flavored, sugar-free and gluten-free. Some of our flavored coffees are even organic. It’s a different breed of flavored coffee – no acrid sweetness, no artificial ingredients – just sweet aromatic notes and complex flavor.
Something else that makes Silver Bridge artisan coffees special is how we source our decaffeinated coffee beans. All our decaf coffees have been water-processed, a technique only a couple places in the world offer. This method of removing caffeine from coffee doesn’t use chemicals, and creates a decaf coffee with the body and flavor of a regular coffee; which has allowed us to develop decaf varieties of choice blends and flavored coffees for customers that don’t want the caffeine, but love their coffee nonetheless.
We are the first company in Ohio to offer 100% recyclable Single Serve Pods. We fill our own single serve pods and the proprietary cups have a seal that acts as a valve so we can fill our pods within 24 hrs after roasting. Our Keurig K Cup®-style single serve coffee pods are compatible with all major single serve coffee makers.
Silver Bridge Coffees are sold at 100+ major grocery stores throughout Ohio including Kroger, Giant Eagle and Meijer, as well as in independent grocery stores, coffee shops, restaurants, and bakeries. If you want to find a Silver Bridge Coffee retailer near you, use our search tool.
Silver Bridge also supports local farming, and has a regular booth at area farmers markets. We sell our small-batch, artisan roasted coffees direct to consumer as well as to wholesalers and retailers. Check out our contact page for more information.