Bright Bean Selected: Verve Coffee

Verve Coffee

Verve Coffee


Colby Barr and Ryan O'Donovan founded Verve Coffee in Santa Cruz in 2007. Offering 25 different flavours, including 11 blends and 9 single-origin coffees, Verve has since expanded to 17 locations in Los Angeles, Palo Alto, San Francisco, and Japan. Additionally, you can enjoy Verve Coffee in various third-party coffee shops across major cities such as Austin, Dallas, Denver, Portland, and Seattle.


  1. Highest score in the coffee category at the Good Food Awards in 2013
  2. One of the top coffee roasters in the US by ThrillistComplex Magazine, and Food Republic  
  3. The Best Espresso at the Coffee Spot Awards in 2018
  4. Roaster of the Year by Roast Magazine in 2024
  5. Silver Latitude Prize, World Latitude Caffe Prize, 2021

Relationships at Origin

Verve's journey began with a passion for specialty coffee. From the outset, O'Donovan and Barr focused on fostering direct relationships with producers worldwide. Through frequent travels and initiatives like the global Farmlevel Summit, Verve connects farmers, facilitates knowledge-sharing, and empowers communities. By providing resources and support to coffee producers, Verve ensures a sustainable supply chain while fostering economic opportunities for future generations.


Verve acknowledges its operations' environmental impact and takes proactive steps to minimize it. From solar panels and eco-friendly water filters to waste reduction initiatives, sustainability is included in every aspect of Verve's business model.