Founder of Ironside Roasting Co., COO of Iron Mule, Lead Roaster
Colin Seeley holds BS and MS degrees in food science from some pretty decent schools. After several years in product development, regulatory, and quality control for food companies big and small, it was time to set out on his own. Faced with a decision on what kind of business to start, Colin saw huge opportunity in coffee in the Treasure Valley and got to work. With his diverse background, passion for product and flavor development, and an individualistic spirit, all of the ingredients were in place to bring some really great coffees to the Treasure Valley and beyond. In his minimal free time Colin loves to drink coffee that other people have made for him, seek out the best baked goods (and bake), and play with his two kids, Gemma and Bjorn. Before starting a business and having kids, he also enjoyed to travel and hopes to do that again one day...
Matty Bishop is CEO of Iron Mule, Inc. and the founder of Café Mulé, a pack mule powered coffee service that serves free coffee to those who recreate in the Boise Foothills. For years, Matty had held a vision of sharing coffee amidst beautiful scenery and in a venue that encouraged outdoor activity and served as common ground for all in his community to congregate. In 2016, he decided to purchase Richard the Mule and make his vision a reality. Through Café Mulé and Matty’s growing cold brew coffee operations, he met Colin in late-2017.
Matty was born and raised in Wyoming before attending and graduating from the United States Naval Academy. Upon graduation, he served as a Marine Corps officer, living on Okinawa, Japan and completing two combat deployments to Iraq. Matty left active service in 2008 to attend Georgetown's MBA program. Upon gaining his Masters in Business Administration, Matty took a position as a Senior Consultant with Deloitte Consulting and also began service as an Army officer in the National Guard. Matty was selected for Army Special Forces in 2010 and subsequently spent 22 months on active duty. Upon completion of the Special Forces Qualification Course, Matt went on to serve as a team leader with 20th Special Forces Group, completing assignments in the Caribbean and South America before exiting military service in 2015. Matty enjoys spending time with family and exploring the great outdoors, reading on many topics, and baking. He also grows wheat in his front yard but that's a story for another time...
Zach started his coffee journey while enlisted in the United States Navy. While standing watch between midnight and 4am with the ship's coffee clutched to his hands he would often look over the western Pacific and wonder - "Who am I?" "Where am I going?" "Why is this coffee horribly disgusting?" Zach found his answer when he finished his last deployment and was honorably discharged while living in the beautiful city of San Diego, CA. As a civilian Zach was exposed to the specialty coffee industry in Southern California and hasn't gone back to a cup of Folgers since. Zach applied for multiple entry level positions at various coffee roasting facilities and cafes, but was ultimately turned down at each due to his lack of facial hair and embarrassingly minuscule vinyl collection. Undeterred, Zach ended up becoming a Green Coffee Trader with Intercontinental Coffee Trading (ICT Coffee) and went on to become a certified Q-Grader.