Combat Coffee Event at MGMWERX Feb. 14

(Montgomery, Ala.) – On Friday, Feb. 14 at noon – 3 p.m., MGMWERX will host “The Science of Coffee Making,” a Combat Coffee event featuring veteran-owed coffee makers.  Present at the event will be Wade Preston of Prevail Coffee in Montgomery, veteran-owned coffee brands Baba Java from Birmingham, Ala. and Alma Coffee from Atlanta, Ga., and Glenn Coffee, NFL player turned Army member.  This event is open to military and non-military individuals and will include a cupping session and informative discussions.  Register today at

“Veteran coffee roasters and civilian coffee enthusiasts will learn valuable lessons from experts as well as from veteran coffee farmers,” detailed William Cambardella, founder of Combat Coffees.  “Participants will also begin to understand how the government tests coffee in a laboratory and procures at least $1 billion dollars’ worth of coffee.”

The event will begin with the cupping session facilitated by Baba Java, followed by an opportunity to meet a coffee farmer and consume direct trade coffee with Alma Coffee.  Then a military member will discuss how coffee provided life experiences and opportunities.  The event will be rounded out by Wade Preston sharing “The Science of Roasting and Selling Coffee” and conversations with Glenn Coffee, former NFL football running back that retired to join the US Army.

Al Lopez, president & CEO of Alma Coffee, shared his excitement about specifically having the opportunity to meet military members at the event and what it means to his company and industry.  “A strong connection with the military will help our industry by generating awareness of Direct Trade (DT).  The more members of our military understand this, the more they will support the cause while enjoying a much better cup of coffee.  Our soldiers deserve the best cup of coffee possible!”

With MGMWERX hosting this event, “The Science of Coffee Making” is sponsored by Combat Coffee.  Combat Coffee is an organization that represents Combat Veteran Roasters who sell coffee, maintain a contract with the federal government, and invest in direct trade coffee.

“I cannot imagine a better elixir to enhance this public private partnership than this one being held at MGMWERX,” explained Cambardella.  “MGMWERX plays a valuable role in crossing the science and technology bridge with the Air University and the general public.

MGMWERX was created under a Partnership Intermediary Agreement to align with the education initiatives of Air University. MGMWERX augments ongoing Air University programs, through events like Pitch Night, to enhance production of high-quality, innovative research and ideas that span issues of importance to the Air Force. This includes, but is not limited to, doctrine, strategies, capability needs, operational concepts, training, education, and science and technology.