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SANTA BARBARA, CA - JANUARY 30: Manager Budd Carr, drummer Phil Ehart and violinist Robby Steinhardt of the band Kansas, and director Charley Randazzo attend the Montecito Award honoring Jennifer Aniston at the Arlington Theater on January 30, 2015 in Santa Barbara, California.

Phil Ehart of Kansas hails from Coffeyville, Kansas.  He teamed up with Coffeyville Coffee to release “Carry On Wayward Son” coffee.  This is Kansas coffee for a cause.  Proceeds ($4 for every sale) from the “Carry On Wayward Son” coffee raise money to refurbish the Midland Theater in Coffeyville.  I love this.  In my opinion, taking care of his hometown and a place that means something to Phil and the community is fantastic.  It’s happening in Kansas, but it gives me Michigan feels.

Ehart Talks Kansas Coffee For a Cause

Phil said, “‘Carry On Wayward Son’ became our breakout hit after years of playing small-town venues – like the grand old Midland Theater in my hometown of Coffeyville.  That is why profits from this coffee will be contributed to refurbish and sustain this magnificent theater.  Thank you for joining me in this effort.  I hope Wayward Son coffee helps you to carry on.”

You can find out more about Phil’s coffee when you CLICK HERE.  We hear so much drama from some bands.  I have to stop and salute Phil Ehart and Kansas for doing something that is truly feel-good for all of us.  Carry On, friends…. Carry on.

Drummer Phil Ehart, founding member of classic rock band Kansas,...

Drummer Phil Ehart, founding member of classic rock band Kansas, performs onstage at Bank of America Performing Arts Center on September 15, 2022 in Thousand Oaks, California. Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images

I love blending two of my favorite loves: coffee and rock and roll.  Phil Ehart of Kansas is not the only one with a coffee brand.  Read on to find out more rock stars with their own coffee!

6 Rock Stars Who've Had Their Own Coffee Brand

Ratt’s Stephen Pearcy is the latest to join rock stars with a coffee brand. Stephen is a well-known coffee lover and is releasing a line of signature coffees in partnership with the Writers & Rockers Coffee Company. The coffee blends include “Round and Round,” “Hollywood Wired,” and “Ultra Nitro.”  Stephen came to play.

I love coffee and rock and roll, so rock stars with a coffee brand have a piece of cake, built-in audience with me.  I’m always curious to check out rock star sponsored products be it coffee, hot sauce, or anywhere in between.  Steven Tyler should have a line of scarves.  Ted Nugent should have a cookbook for game and fish… oh wait, he does… Kill it & Grill It.

Ratt singer Stephen Pearcy

LAS VEGAS – AUGUST 05: Ratt singer Stephen Pearcy performs at the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino August 5, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The band is touring in support of the new album, “Infestation.” (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

I read about Stephen Pearcy’s coffee and I thought,Alice Cooper should have his own coffee.  A cup of “Black Widow” or “Black Juju” sounds delicious.” Turns out Alice doesn’t have his own coffee, but he does have an “Official Alice Cooper single origin African Brundi AA Specialty Coffee” by Cat Fight Coffee. I’m not sure how that works… I would rather have a cup of Black Widow, but it got me thinking:

Who Are the Rock Stars with a Coffee Brand?

  • Dee Snider of Twisted Sister

    Dang, Dee Snider knows how to market himself. Dee has a brand called “For the Love of Coffee.” It’s made through DeadSled Coffee and is described as, “a deliciously smooth blend of beans from Guatemala and Central America. The beans were grown at an altitude of 1,200 – 1,700 meters and roasted to a medium level which creates a bright and pleasant full-bodied taste.”  I will buy this for the packaging alone.

  • Zakk Wylde - Death Wish Coffee

    Grab a cup of Valhalla Java and get your Viking on. Zakk Wylde used to love beer. A decade sober and Zakk loves coffee. Check out his coffee brand at

  • Styx - The Coffee Fool

    Styx has a coffee brand that they use for their charity, Rock to the Rescue, that they founded with REO Speedwagon.  100% of their coffee sales go to “support many hand-picked, small charities all over the country who need a little help.”

    Bassist Ricky Phillips, guitarist/vocalist James Young and guitarist/vocalist Tommy Shaw of Styx

    NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 13: (L-R) Bassist Ricky Phillips, guitarist/vocalist James Young and guitarist/vocalist Tommy Shaw of Styx performs at the House of Blues on January 13, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Skip Bolen/Getty Images)

  • Joey Kramer of Aerosmith - Rockin' & Roastin' Coffee

    Aerosmith’s drummer has had a lot of success with his Rockin’ & Roastin’ coffee brand. Even though his own coffee shop only lasted a year, fans can still buy his brew through a subscription service at


  • Kirk Hammett of Metallica - Ghoul Screamer

    The Metallica guitarist partnered with Dark Matter coffee to create his special blend called Ghoul Screamer likely due to his horror film fandom. 


  • BONUS: Paul Stanley of KISS - Folgers

    Wait…why is Folgers listed?  They’re not the official coffee of Paul Stanley. However, Paul Stanley did film an awful TV commercial for the coffee brand once. While it was never aired, it did make its way to YouTube, and any excuse to share the cheesy ad is a good excuse.  Remember, the best part of waking up is watching this commercial repeatedly.


Donielle Fynn is a Michigan native with two kids, two dogs, two cats, a love of yoga, and all things classic rock.