In 1986, Cincinnati natives Joe Morris and Andy Timmerman rented a small warehouse in Bond Hill and purchased a ¼ bag Sivetz coffee roaster. Dissatisfied with the corporate world they had discovered in their 20s, the former college roommates yearned to create a company with a product and culture they could believe in. They dreamed of introducing exceptional coffee to a thirsty market that had never tasted anything like it.
Seven Hills Coffee began with a Sivetz roaster, 11 bags of coffee, and a whole lot of hope.
The early years of the company were spent spreading the word about really good coffee to retailers in Cincinnati and the nearby college towns of Athens, Bloomington, and Columbus. As Peet’s and other independent entrepreneurs began to blaze the trail of today’s coffeehouse concept, Seven Hills expanded and evolved to serve the pioneers of this revolutionary business model. The company’s focus turned to providing cafe owners with coffees and equipment that would produce a uniquely sweet and creamy espresso. Fine tea, Italian syrups, chai, and other popular items were added to create a one-stop shop of coffee bar necessities.
We were here at the beginning.
In 1999, Seven Hills Coffee made a commitment to improving the lives of coffee farmers by becoming one of the first Fair Trade licensed coffee roasters in the country.
A lot has changed since the early days in that Bond Hill warehouse, but some things have never wavered. Locally-minded service. A friendly voice at the end of the line. And a commitment to serve the community with outstanding products and incomparable coffee.