People in Coffee

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10 Minutes With Sam Penix

Sam Penix Owner Everyman Espresso New York, NY What other coffee jobs have you had? The job I’m most proud of is Bingo Caller, which did include running instant coffees out to the elderly. However, we both know that’s not the coffee I serve today. I started my career, I … Read more →

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10 Minutes With Jesse Harriott

Jesse Harriott Roaster/Shop Operations Manager/Barista Sunergos Coffee Louisville, Kentucky What other coffee jobs have you had? Roaster/Barista Trainer/Barista La Vida Java, Louisville, Kentucky Barista Highland Coffee, Louisville, Kentucky Front of House Manager/Barista Carriage House Cafe, Ithaca, NY Also, I started out working on a dairy farm at age 13 as … Read more →

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10 Minutes With Morten Münchow

Morten Münchow Owner of Coffee Mind Trainer at London School of Coffee External lecturer in Food Science Department at Copenhagen University What other coffee jobs have you had? When I [was a student] I had a study job as Assistant teacher in “Theory of Science for students of Biology,” and … Read more →

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10 Minutes With Noah Namowicz

Noah Namowicz Director of International Sales Café Imports Minneapolis, Minnesota What other coffee jobs have you had? I was actually hired by Café Imports directly out of school at the University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul where I studied entrepreneurship. Before UST, I had a brief stint at the … Read more →

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10 Minutes With Dan Griffin

Dan Griffin U.S. Relationship Manager TG LAB Los Angeles, California/Guatemala City, Guatemala What other coffee jobs have you had? Bar back, Cash-ista, Barista, Barista Trainer, Consultant, Cafe Manager Seattle: Barnes & Noble Cafe; Perkengruven (out of business); Irwins Bakery; Cafe Fiore Portland: Random Order, Albina Press New York City: Cafe … Read more →

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10 Minutes With Andrew Hetzel

Andrew Hetzel Consultant CafeMakers Waimea (Big Island), Hawaii What other coffee jobs have you had? None.  I was an enthusiastic consumer before starting in coffee as a business consultant in 2001. What’s your favorite part about working in coffee? The people: they’ve (you’ve) all become my extended family. There’s no … Read more →

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10 Minutes With Jessica MacDonald

Jessica MacDonald Head Roaster Square Mile Coffee Roasters London, United Kingdom  What other coffee jobs have you had? I have worked in hospitality for about 15 years. I previously worked for a coffee events company where we made coffee at private events, exhibitions, etc., then they bought a roaster and … Read more →

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10 Minutes With Nik Virrey

Nik Virrey Owner, Co-Lead Liquid Consultant Matte&Gloss LLC & Director of Education Slate Coffee Roasters & Lead Bartender Liberty Bar All in Seattle, Washington  What other coffee jobs have you had? Barista from 2005–09 Starbucks Temecula, California & Seattle, Washington Director of Education from 2009–11 Zoka Coffee Roasters Seattle, Washington What’s … Read more →

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Fundraising for a Fellow Barista

Our hearts go out to Rhett Harkins of Bloc Coffee Co. in Cincinnati, Ohio: on a hiking trip in the Red Roiver Gorge recently, Rhett slid on 15 feet of hidden ice. He tumbled over a cliff more than 60 feet, and has sustained some pretty severe injuries. It took … Read more →

If there's one thing David Heilbrunn of Coffee Fest loves as much as coffee people, it's fishing people!

10 Minutes With David Heilbrunn

David Heilbrunn President & CEO: Lifestyle Events, Inc. President: Coffee Fest Trade Shows Issaquah, Washington What other coffee jobs have you had? No other coffee jobs. Twenty-two years producing Coffee Fest has proven quite the education. Previously I rose through the ranks in retail with Tandy Corporation and Radio Shack. … Read more →

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