What other coffee jobs have you had?
Regional Sales Manager at Espresso Specialists, Inc., Seattle, Washington
What’s your favorite part about working in coffee?
When you make or sell a product that has an impact on someone’s life, that is magic. People share their experiences about coffee and over coffee, and there is nothing more rewarding than being able to provide someone the product or the vehicle to create an experience. Of course, there is also the unlimited supply of great coffee in the office…that’s pretty sweet, too.
Where do you ideally see yourself in 10 years?
I see myself everywhere. I enjoy traveling the world, I love networking, I want to write a book, I have been working on a TV show concept for 3 years…The question should probably be where don’t I see myself in 10 years.
Who and what inspires you?
For me, inspiration comes from so many different places. It can be a person I meet or a book I read. There is no one person or place where I draw inspiration. I can say that my team tends to inspire me pretty regularly. Working with them, listening to them and watching them do their thing can be amazing. They are the future of specialty coffee.
What are you drinking right now?
As I write this I am drinking a beer. An English IPA from Austin Beerworks to be exact.
Crazy coffee experience you’d like to share?
Oh man, after 15 years there are so many crazy (aka stupid) experiences. At this point in my career, I like to let other people tell those stories. There is nothing more fun than meeting a young coffee professional for the first time and have them ask, “so what is prison like in El Salvador?”