Borne The Battle 138: Sean Ricks – Navy Veteran, CEO of Ricks Roasters Coffee Company


WASHINGTON, DC – There are many veteran entrepreneurs out in the world doing exciting things. Today we focus on a local coffee roaster in Northern Virginia that is making waves in the coffee industry (pun intended). Ricks’ Roasters Coffee Company, surprisingly, is not owned by a “Rick.” The Fredericksburg coffee business is owned by Navy Veteran, Sean Ricks.

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Sean and his wife, Keely, started selling out of their home and at farmer’s markets in 2013.

On this episode of Borne the Battle, Sean talks about his unique military career. Starting out as a merchant marine and as a reservist, Sean explains how he switched between a couple of different occupational specialties before settling onto active duty as a Naval Intelligence Officer

Additionally, we break down how Sean started a business on active duty. Starting the business in 2013, Sean and his wife Keely went from bagging a single bag of coffee on their kitchen table to a $500,000 revenue-generating business within six years.  Sean also discusses the importance of diversifying your company. From wholesale, to brick and mortar, to coffee stands – Sean breaks down each one of his revenue streams for the listeners.

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Last year Ricks Roasters bagged and sold 40,000 lbs of coffee.



From an entrepreneur perspective, Sean shares his initial inspiration (which did not include coffee), getting started, the amount of effort needed and the benefits of working for yourself. In addition, Rick shares with us the future of Ricks’ Roasters and importance of giving back to local and veteran communities. Enjoy.

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Tanner Iskra

Tanner Iskra joined the VA in 2018 and is the host of the VA’s podcast, “Borne the Battle.” He is a proud United States Marine Corps Veteran who served as an administrator, an intel analyst and as a combat videographer/photographer. During his military career he deployed to OIF III to spent time in many countries as part of the Black Sea Rotational Force. After leaving active duty, Tanner was a Senior Post Production Editor with NASCAR Productions. Tanner is a graduate of the Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication and Media Studies and holds a Certificate in Military Motion Media from the Newhouse School of Journalism at Syracuse University.


  1. Rolan    

    Awesome! Thank you Sean Ricks!

  2. John Licht    

    Thank you for the Entrepreneurial Sean Rick article. We look very forward to seeing future Veteran Entrepreneurial Stories and Events.
    John Licht
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    Vietnam Navy Veteran

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