Black Rifle Coffee Founder and CEO Evan Hafer served his country for 20 years. He began his military career as an infantryman in the Army, then graduated to Special Forces, and eventually worked as a CIA contractor from 2006 to 2014. Between deployments, Evan spent all of his free time researching coffee trends and studying the art of roasting. During deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan Evan made it a point to start every day with quality coffee. He brought along boutique, small-batch roasts and wired gun trucks so they could grind coffee. After finishing his military service and returning home, Evan decided to start his own business. In December 2014, Black Rifle Coffee was born. Today, the company is seeing annual growth of over 750%. About 1 million pounds of coffee are roasted a year, it can be found in over 500 retailers internationally and 65% of employees are veterans.