New coffee company building buzz

Tyler Ford

Tyler Ford, a native of Port St. Joe, is the owner of Satellite Republic Coffee.

Special to The Star
Published: Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 08:50 AM.

Tyler Ford is in the business of waking people up.

Ford is the owner and operator of Satellite Republic Coffee, a new company located in Marianna whose product has quickly found its way onto local shelves and maybe even into your kitchen’s Brewmaster 5000.

The coffee, currently available at Piggly Wiggly stores in Port St. Joe, Blountstown and Bristol, has traveled as far away as Chicago, Nashville, and San Francisco through online sales.

Though Ford and his family reside north of Gulf County, his roots are firmly planted in Port St. Joe.

A former student of Faith Christian School and a 1990 graduate of Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School, he went on to obtain a business degree from Bryan College in Tennessee.

His father, Tom worked at the Port St. Joe paper mill and his mother Dawne, still lives locally and has helped to spread the word of Ford’s newest venture.

After college Ford spent some time in Atlanta working sales in the telecommunications field and eventually felt the call of the ministry, spending the past decade as a pastor in Marianna. After his father passed away, Ford found himself asking an important question.

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