Circle House Coffee was founded by retired NFL linebacker, Stephen Tulloch. During his 11 year NFL career, he found coffee to be the key to fueling his day. While playing in the NFL, Stephen started the Stephen Tulloch Foundation giving back to underprivileged kids helping people affected by cancer.
In his transition to life after football, and continuing his love for giving back to the community, Tulloch created Circle House Coffee in 2018 to bring people together while enjoying a handcrafted coffee, gourmet tea, beer, wine-on-tap, and delicious food.
Stephen, a Miami, Fl native attended Miami Killian Senior High School. Stephen, was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the 4th round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He played college football at North Carolina State University. He was also a member of the Detroit Lions and Philadelphia Eagles before retiring from the NFL in 2017.
During his 11-year NFL career, Tulloch found coffee to be the key to fueling his day. Circle House Coffee’s concept is created to bring people together and awareness to both local and global needs. While playing in the NFL, he started the Stephen Tulloch Foundation giving back to underprivileged kids and helping people affected by Cancer. The four times Walter Payton Man of the Year Community Service Team Award recipient has a passion for giving back and paying it forward. Some of his projects include treating 55 kids affected by Cancer to every home game, adopting families for the holidays, author of a children’s book “The Little Linebacker” Story of Determination and building a school in his Mother’s hometown of Westmoreland, Jamaica named the Mercedes B. Tulloch infant school after his mother Mercedes Tulloch.
Joseph is proud to be a part of the Circle House Coffee team. A 14-year coffee industry veteran, he has experience as a barista, café manager, coffee roaster, coffee buyer, recipe developer, and teacher. His professional coffee journey in 2005 when just out of college, he decided against entering the NFL draft (or the MLB, MLS, NBA, or NHL for that matter) and instead took advantage of an opportunity to become a barista.
Prior to joining the Circle House Coffee team, Joseph was directly responsible for the coffee experience at the University of Washington in Seattle. During his tenure, he trained hundreds of baristas, played a key role in the design and buildout of 8 campus cafés, and led several cross-departmental collaborations. He took the lead in establishing one of the first campus coffee roasting and sensory lab concepts in the country. He taught Coffee’s Value Chain, a popular course with a yearly enrollment of 220 students. Joseph was honored as a Specialty Coffee Association Re:Co Fellow, participated in international coffee evaluation panels, and earned industry accredited roasting and barista certifications. He has been a speaker at the Specialty Coffee Expo and National Association for College and University Food Services National Conference.