Bearings Coffee is based in Philly and currently a one person operation. By default, it's 100% employee and Irish owned!
Bearings Coffee Ltd founder Conor Murphy is a native of County Kerry, Ireland who now resides in Philadelphia.
Living in Haiti from 2009 to 2014, Murphy set up a number of non-profits and small business projects, including the Soul of Haiti Foundation, the Haiti Coffee Academy and AgroPassport. The experience of the 2010 Haiti earthquake and response work in its aftermath remains the most challenging and inspiring time of his career. In 2014, he moved to Philadelphia to help manage a new distilling company for a local coffee roaster.
In February 2017, Murphy launched Bearings Coffee, primarily as a way to tell people a story through coffee and to present coffee in a different way. Growing up in a family owned grocery business was the early hook for an interest in food and where it comes from. His first visit to a Kenyan coffee farm back in 2005 got him curious about caffeine. Working at a cocktail bar in college ignited an interest into how flavors come together to create great drinks.