About Us

22 Sierra Coffee Co.™ was founded in April of 2020 by two Veterans striving to make a difference.  Based in Mount Vernon, MO, we have established ourselves as a national brand through our partnerships and unique approach to making our givebacks part of our overhead.  Why? Because we believe in integrity and accountability, both of which can be missing from a "portion of profit" model.  We transparently donate $0.50 from each packaged coffee product sold to the Grunt Style Foundation to support their efforts.

The Mission:

The mission of 22 Sierra Coffee Co.™ is to provide specialty grade coffee to members and supporters of the military, veteran, and first responder communities and leverage strategic and impactful partnerships to enhance camaraderie, improve the post-service health of veterans, and prevent veteran and first responder suicide.  

The Coffee:

Our specialty grade coffee is ethically sourced and roasted to order.  Unlike other brands, our coffee is not roasted past the "2nd crack" as a way to preserve the oils and maintain freshness.  We never sacrifice quality for margins, which means every single product contains 100% Arabica beans.  We never include lower grade Robusta beans which keeps our coffee from being bitter, even in our darkest roasts.

Our Shield Logo:

The Name - "22” is the number most commonly used when discussing veteran suicide. The name 22 Sierra is a play on the Army MOS format although it is not a real MOS. Putting “22” in the name serves as a constant reminder our company has a purpose that we pledge to never lose sight of. 

The Shield - This represents the Defenders of our country and our communities.  The shield pays respect to the military, law enforcement officers, firefighters, and emergency medical service professionals working each day to keep America safe.

The Rooster - The rooster is our touch of humor.  It's an ice breaker.  It can represent the morning if you want it to, but for us, it's just a way to have fun.

The Stars - The first two stars represent the two friends we have lost to suicide.  The third represents all the others. 

 The Owners:

Patrick Little

Patrick founded the company in April of 2020, along with fellow Air Force veteran Joseph Kidwell.  He was deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operations Resolute Support and Operation Inherent Resolve.  He holds a bachelors degree from Ashford University in Business Information Systems and an MBA from Boise State University.

Favorite blend: Cocky's Blend

Kevin Sullivan

Kevin became co-owner in January 2022 and served as an Air Force C-130 Navigator from 2003 till 2007 until he was injured during combat operations in Iraq and subsequently retired. Kevin hold's a Master's Degree in Medical Science from East Carolina University and is board certified Physician Assistant. He is also the Creator and Host of the Twenty One Gun Podcast.

Favorite blend: Ambush

Cole Gardner

Cole served in the Navy as a Crash and Salvage Firefighter onboard the USS Abraham Lincoln from 2003 - 2007. During his time, he was deployed twice to the Pacific in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Unified Assistance.  Cole and his wife, Samantha, also own ColeTrain Designs, which is a custom design and apparel company that supplies 22 Sierra with all merchandise.  

Favorite blend: Shellback

The Team:

Cara Sullivan

Cara comes from a family with a strong tradition of military service. She met Kevin through her brother who served along side him with the 41st Airlift Squadron back in 2004. They married in 2006 and have two children. Cara holds a Doctorate in Education from North Carolina State University and is a school teacher. 

Favorite blend: Hold the Line

Samantha Gardner

Samantha is Cole's wife and, together, they are dedicated to teaching their three sons that giving is truly the best part of life.  Having grown up with a father in the Army and now having a veteran husband, she is passionate about improving the well-being of the veteran community.

Favorite blend: Ambush

Content Disclaimer:

We are serious and passionate about our mission.  Any posts, products, or comments made by us on this site, social media, or elsewhere are not intended to discount the seriousness of suicide or mental heath issues.  We cope with humor and irreverence.