Revelator Coffee Company LLC
IndustryCoffee industry
FoundedOctober 9, 2013; 8 years ago (2013-10-09) in New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
  • Josh Owen
  • Emma Chevalier
  • Elizabeth Pogue
Number of locations
20 coffee shops, 2 restaurants (2018)
Area served
United States
Key people
Number of employees
165 (2017)
  • Wired Puppy
  • Octane Coffee

Revelator Coffee Company LLC is an American coffee roasting company headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama. The company was founded by Josh Owen, Emma Chevalier and Elizabeth Pogue in October 2013 and was originally located in New Orleans, Louisiana, until moving to Birmingham in February 2015. Revelator Coffee opened its first coffee shop in Birmingham in October 2014 and now operates 20 locations around the southern United States, as well as two in Massachusetts. The company acquired Boston, Massachusetts-based Wired Puppy and Atlanta, Georgia-based Octane Coffee in 2017 and presently operates coffee shops under their brands.


Foundation and expansion

Revelator Coffee was incorporated under the laws of Delaware on October 9, 2013.[1] The company was founded by Josh Owen, Emma Chevalier and Elizabeth Pogue, who served as president, creative director and director of operations, respectively.[2] The company was officially announced in March 2014, with its corporate headquarters, including their roastery, in New Orleans, Louisiana.[3] They initially planned to open four shops, one in New Orleans, another in Birmingham, Alabama and two in Chattanooga, Tennessee, to serve as pilot projects.[3]

In February 2015, Revelator Coffee announced that they were moving their corporate headquarters and roastery to a 10,000 square feet warehouse located in Birmingham.[4] The move aimed at drawing the company's offices closer to its Birmingham-based prime location, as well finding a central spot in the south-east of the United States.[5]

In January 2017, Revelator Coffee acquired Wired Puppy, a Boston, Massachusetts-based coffeehouse with outposts in Boston and Provincetown, after its owner was forced to sell the company due to staff shortage.[6][7] In March 2017, Revelator Coffee announced that they were acquiring Octane Coffee, an Atlanta, Georgia-based coffeehouse chain[8] Tony Riffel, who co-founded Octane Coffee in 2003, became a member of Revelator Coffee's advisory board as part of the two companies' merger,[9] before later being promoted to director of retail.[10] The Octane Coffee brand was kept alive for usage on their shops, while both Revelator Coffee and Octane Coffee products were sold at each's locations.[11] All Octane Coffee and Wired Puppy locations are set to be re-branded by July 2018.[7]


Revelator Coffee operates 18 coffee shops and two restaurants across the southern United States, as well as two further coffee shops in Massachusetts. The first shop was opened in Birmingham, Alabama on October 22, 2014[12] in Whitmire Lofts.[13] It was the first of four locations set to serve as the company's pilot projects. The company has since expanded having shops in places that include Birmingham, Nashville, Tennessee, Charleston, South Carolina,[14] Chattanooga,[15] and Atlanta, Georgia.[16] Several of the shops replaced defunct or closed coffee shops.[17][18][19]

See also


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  2. ^ Sherfey, Jimmy (November 6, 2015). "Revelator Coffee Is Sweeping the South". Eater. Retrieved March 26, 2018.
  3. ^ a b Rown, Nick (March 31, 2014). "Startup Revelator Coffee Reveals Aggressive Plans for Southern Growth". Daily Coffee News. Retrieved March 26, 2018.
  4. ^ Poe, Kelly (February 17, 2015). "Revelator Coffee to open roastery, headquarters in downtown Birmingham". Retrieved March 26, 2018.
  5. ^ Poe, Kelly (October 20, 2015). "Revelator Coffee's first year: headquarters opens, five shops in five cities and more to come". Retrieved March 26, 2018.
  6. ^ Nanos, Janelle (April 6, 2017). "There's a barista battle brewing in Boston". The Boston Globe. Retrieved March 26, 2018.
  7. ^ a b Fuhrmeister, Chris (March 31, 2017). "Can Revelator Coffee Be the Next Blue Bottle?". Eater. Retrieved March 26, 2018.
  8. ^ Cadwalader, Zac (March 30, 2017). "BREAKING: Revelator Is Acquiring Atlanta's Octane Coffee". Sprudge. Retrieved March 26, 2018.
  9. ^ Cooper, Carly (April 6, 2017). "What will happen when Octane Coffee becomes Revelator?". Atlanta. Retrieved March 26, 2018.
  10. ^ McKibben, Beth (February 26, 2018). "Revelator Coffee Sets its Sights on Downtown Atlanta". Eater. Retrieved March 26, 2018.
  11. ^ Atlanta Magazine (November 17, 2017). "Empire builder: Revelator Coffee Company". Atlanta. Retrieved March 26, 2018.
  12. ^ Phillips, Ryan (October 22, 2015). "What Revelator Coffee Co. has planned for the future". The Business Journals. Retrieved March 26, 2018.
  13. ^ Tomberlin, Michael (March 24, 2014). "Revelator Coffee to open cafe in Whitmire Lofts". Retrieved March 26, 2018.
  14. ^ Brown, Nick (January 7, 2015). "Inside Upstart Revelator Coffee's First Bar in Downtown Birmingham". Daily Coffee News. Retrieved March 26, 2018.
  15. ^ Brown, Nick (March 30, 2015). "Revelator Coffee Opens Second Shop, in Chattanooga's Northshore". Daily Coffee News. Retrieved March 26, 2018.
  16. ^ Fuhrmeister, Chris (August 18, 2015). "Revelator Coffee Company Opens Next Week in Westside". Eater. Retrieved March 26, 2018.
  17. ^ Fuhrmeister, Chris (August 14, 2017). "Revelator Will Replace Buckhead's Corso Coffee With 'The Mourning Dove'". Eater. Retrieved March 26, 2018.
  18. ^ Carter, Stephanie (December 8, 2017). "Paloma Cafe Latin and Caribbean Restaurant Slides Into Cafe Henri's Old Spot". Eater. Retrieved March 26, 2018.
  19. ^ Price, Todd A. (December 7, 2017). "Paloma, a new Latin American restaurant, will land in Bywater". Retrieved March 26, 2018.