About Us

Why Koi Coffee?

Koi Coffee was founded in Edwardsville Illinois in 2021 by Micah and Kim Ilbery. Koi Coffee was brought about by Micah's passion for coffee and his desire to share that passion with others. Micah believes that coffee doesn't have to just be a utility, that it can be an enjoyable experience. Something that can be a ritual in your day. We believe that coffee can bring about positive change in peoples lives and we want to be a part of that change. These are the reasons why we started Koi Coffee.

As for why we chose the name Koi Coffee, we once heard an old legend that a koi fish swam up China's Yellow River and when it reached the waterfall at the end, it jumped for 100 years to reach the top and became a golden dragon. Because of this, the koi is a symbol of endurance and perseverance, that if you don't give up, you will come out stronger. That's what Koi Coffee is to us. It's us never giving up and persevering. It's us following our dreams and building something better for ourselves and hopefully improving the lives of others on the way. We are excited and honored to serve you!

Who is Koi Coffee?

Micah Ilbery

Husband, father, and coffee nerd; Micah is the founder of Koi coffee, as well as the head roaster of the company. Micah loves coffee and has filled his life with all things coffee! He believes that coffee can be an experience not just a utility and wants to share those experiences. From pour-over to espresso, Micah enjoys the rituals and science of roasting and brewing coffee.

Kim Ilbery

Wife, mother, book lover, and long-distance runner; Kim is the co-founder of Koi coffee and is the brains behind the company. Kim loves spreadsheets and the logistics of operations, which made her the perfect candidate to be our Operations Manager and Staff Accountant. Once not a coffee drinker, Kim now has seen that not all coffee is created equal and enjoys a cup almost daily.