THE OFFICIAL COFFEE OF THE PEOPLE
WHO LOVE LIFE
Founded On Three Basic Principles:
1. All human life is sacred, beautiful and deserving of protection from natural conception until natural death. No exceptions & no compromise.
2. Our coffees must be ethically sourced, sustainable and of superior quality and taste.
3. We'll give 10% of every purchase* back to YOUR favorite life-affirming charity.
HOW WE STARTED
Our founder and President, John Lillis, (known affectionately as: The Skipper), is married and he and his wife have been blessed with seven children. It was the story that may not have been...
The Skipper is, in fact, a proto-survivor of America’s abortion holocaust. At the tender age of just 16, his mother was the victim of rape and through her own bravery and support of her family, she gave birth to him on August 30th, 1967, some five and a half months after the California legislature passed the Therapeutic Abortion Act! Though abandoned in a San Francisco hospital for three months, he eventually was put into a foster home in San Francisco and one year later adopted by his foster parents!
This is personal.
Early in 2012, while working as a radio station manager in Sioux City, John worked with the local pro-life center to build and host America’s first-ever front-line pro-life radio show! John led the construction team and together, they built a studio with a large picture window looking directly at the front door of Planned Parenthood of Sioux City - some 25-feet away from their front door! The studio was built for the purpose of bringing tens of thousands of people together via radio to pray that the arriving women might change their minds and save their babies and that the doctors might stop killing and that the “mill” would be closed! While remodeling the pro-life center around the radio studio, he thought to himself: “Almost everyone loves coffee, why not marry my love for life with my near obsession for great coffee and see if we can’t create something to help sustain this place!” And that’s how the Lifeboat Coffee Co. idea was born.
***UPDATE JUNE 2017: That Planned Parenthood is permantely closed!***
COFFEE SALES ONLINE
In August of 2013, the Lillis family formed Lifeboat Coffee and launched on the Internet here at lifeboatcoffee.com - within two years, we were literally shipping tons of coffee, around the world. With customers in Hong Kong, Singapore, the Philippines, Malaysia, England, Australia, Canada and 49 States, Lifeboat Coffee has seen significant growth!
LIFEBOAT COFFEE STORE No1
In July of 2016, John left his full-time Construction Superintendant's job here in Phoenix, to build America's first exclusively pro-life coffee shop! Starting with only four walls and one sink and a toilet, Lifeboat got approval for fully permitted construction at the end of August 2016. Within four months, there was new 4" underground plumbing mains, a floor sink and seven additional sinks; an oversized ADA approved bathroom, granite counters, sinks and all the equipment needed to open a world class coffee shop featuring espresso, iced coffees and teas, chai, Italian sodas and much more. Yes, there is free wi-fi here, too.
Not coincidentally, our opening day was January 22nd, 2017.
Please come visit us -- Come for the Coffee and Stay for Life here at 7th St. & Dunlap, Phx!
When we started Lifeboat Coffee, we conducted a nationwide blind taste test of the top two coffee companies our team had narrowed down to from dozens who vied for our business. Today, not only do we serve "the winner," but we also feature many Fair Trade, Direct Trade, Rainforest Certified, USDA Organic Coffees too. All of our coffees are purchased, cupped and roasted from the open exchange and not from unethical sources.
Our Ultra-Premium Line roasters are our family's life-long friends right here in Arizona! Turns out the Skipper's wife's family grew up with a family that has been cupping, blending and roasting coffees for about 35 years! Wow, is it great!
We also feature coffees on the Family Gourmet Blend Line from a large, well-respected roaster in Philidelphia, PA. They actually roast some pretty famous coffees and decided that they would work with us since their core "values" align with our own!
*Pro-Life Cash Back Rewards are based on the purchase price paid by customer, less the taxes, cost of shipping and handling, since Lifeboat Offers free shipping on most items.