Why this public safety officer relies on Death Wish every morning
By Shannon Sweeney — / Death Wish Coffee Blog
Without our supportive community, Death Wish Coffee wouldn't be where it is today. That's why we want to highlight our community and introduce you to the people who sip the world's strongest coffee all day long.
Learn more about Tom below.
How did you hear about Death Wish Coffee?
I had heard about Death Wish in passing a few times, but I didn't really look into it until about 2014. By that point I had been in law enforcement for 19 years and had my share of shitty coffee. I worked with guys that were of the opinion that coffee is coffee so buy the big can. Working 12-hour midnight shifts with young kids at home I was lucky to pull 5 hours sleep a day — it was time to find something better. The wonders of the internet I found Death Wish. My first order consisted of a 1-lb. bag of coffee, a hat, travel mug, and the original Deneen camper. After that I was hooked. I would make it at work and I may or may not have sent guys quickly to the bathroom (as we know "coffee makes you poop"). Since then I have been hooked. I have hooked numerous guys I work with, including my Chief.
How do you take your coffee?
Other than the obvious answer of "seriously," I normally drink it black. I have been known, especially if I'm having iced coffee, to add some Baileys to it for that little kick. Of course, my preferred method of brewing is the Chemex. At work I use an auto drip, preset from the night before so when I walk in and open up my office I get hit in the face with that amazing aroma. While traveling, I will pack my french press, or taking a tip from Jamie Robinson, I use refillable tea bags and fill them with coffee, and then brew my own cup in the hotel. But there is nothing better than walking to the breakfast area in a hotel with your own coffee pot and brewing in front of people. You get the best looks.
What's your day-to-day like?
I have been a Public Safety Officer for 23 years, which means I am a police officer as well as a fireman. Currently I am a Lieutenant and I oversee the day to day operations of the department. During my stretch, I was a member of our county Tactical team (SWAT), but now that I have gotten older and moved up I have gone from tactical entry to Hostage Negotiator, and I'm also in charge of taser training (yes I have been tased). In my free time, soccer takes up the majority of my time. I coach my son's travel soccer team as well as being an assistant coach for the high school team. During the non-soccer season, I enjoy riding my RZR with my kids and working around the house. I do also enjoy target shooting when I can. Most recently built my own .223 rifle.
What's your favorite part of the Death Wish Coffee community?
By far the best part is the people themselves. I have made some good friends in the community. All with the love of Death Wish and Deneen mugs. I have only met one person from the page in person and that was at a Guns and Roses concert among 20,000 people. Those Death Wish shirts stick out in the crowd. But there are numerous people I would love to sit down and have a cup of coffee with, or maybe a beer or two, if I had the chance.
What would you like to see from Death Wish?
I would love to see a soccer shirt. I have 3 that I had made on my own. I was wearing one of the them coming back from Costa Rica on the plane, and the stewardess asked me if I had been down there for business checking out local coffee beans. The other thing I would love an official Death Wish water bottle. I have several Kleen Kanteen water bottles that I just put the sticker on and make my own. But as we know, Death Wish is a great pre-workout drink (hence D-man), but you need to stay hydrated while working out and that would just be bad ass for the gym. It would fit well with my Death Wish gym bag that I use all the time.
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