Welcome to Mortem Labs!
You might be asking, what is Mortem Labs? Mortem is Latin for death and if you knew me, you would know why that fits! I am the founder, Mike Vecchione retired from the Coast Guard after 20 years of service. During that time I acquired a love for all things tobacco and coffee. Originally learning how to roast coffee in Guatemala while doing some work there, I returned with the desire to learn more. After retiring I opened Primo Cigars and Coffee in Norfolk and built the first "Trolley Cigar Bar" in downtown Norfolk. I was serving a Veteran owned brand of coffee that I would later become part owner and head roaster for. During that time I worked with Karel Martinez from Enki Cigars and came out with my very first cigar! Covid unfortunately caused the Trolley to close but I was already at the helm of a rapidly growing coffee company roasting ALL of their coffee and coming up with all of their new blends. In 2021 I sold my shares to the company and took a job with Town Center Cold Pressed Roastery as their director of coffee. I also released my second cigar and during my time at Cold Pressed, I decided to launch this brand to share my love for coffee and tobacco with my family and friends. Why "labs"? Our Artist Mike Cranford, who does all of our original artwork always says that I am mad scientist with coffee and cigars. We do love to delve into the science aspect of roasting and creating blends and always ensuring the top quality product. It's not "just coffee" and it will never be good enough to us which is why it's great! We hope you are enjoying the vibe so far. Coffee will be coming to the site very soon, we are just waiting on our bags to show up and labels to get printed! Thanks for getting weird with us!