People in Coffee

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10 Minutes With Luigi Di Ruocco

Luigi Di Ruocco Vice President Mr. Espresso Oakland, California What other coffee jobs have you had? [Before taking a position with Mr. Espresso, Luigi was the founder and president of Coffee Bar in San Francisco] These are the only two jobs in coffee I’ve ever had. Mr. Espresso is my … Read more →

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10 Minutes With Kenny Smith

Kenny Smith Wholesale Lead Sunergos Coffee Louisville, Kentucky What other coffee jobs have you had?   My first foray into the coffee industry began around 6 or 7 years ago at a small Starbucks within a hotel in downtown Louisville. Most days I would stop at Sunergos on my way … Read more →

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10 Minutes With Justin DeWaard

Justin DeWaard General Manager/Director of Coffee Rowster Coffee Grand Rapids, Michigan What other coffee jobs have you had? I started working in 2005 at JP’s Coffee & Espresso in Holland, Mich., as a barista—though Sherry, the manager, will tell you she gave me a job just so she wouldn’t have … Read more →

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10 Minutes With Matt Vassau

Matt Vassau Founder and CEO Driven Coffee Minneapolis, Minnesota What other coffee jobs have you had? My first coffee job was VP of field operations for Espresso Partners in Minneapolis, Minnesota. We serviced and sold coffee and espresso equipment, and I managed the tech force. I later moved into the … Read more →

Yiannis' family company, Taf, is famous not only for buying and roasting some of the best coffees in the world, but for its champion baristas, who include Stefanos Domatiotis and Chros Loukakis.

10 Minutes With Yiannis Taloumis

Yiannis Taloumis Founder, CEO, Quality Control Manager (research for quality coffee & controlling roasting process) Taf Coffee Athens, Greece What other coffee jobs have you had? I did not have any other jobs, my whole career is focused on coffee. I started the family business and evolved it. What’s your … Read more →

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10 Minutes With Husein and Carly Noorani

Husein and Carly Noorani Roaster (Husein), Co-founders Between Friends Roasting Company Ardmore, Pennsylvania  What other coffee jobs have you had? Husein, better known as Hus, was a barista at Cafe en la Esquina in Sayulita, Nayarit, Mexico and, more recently, at Melodies Cafe in Ardmore, Pennsylvania. Carly fell in love … Read more →

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10 Minutes With Troy Reynard

Troy Reynard Owner/Barista Cosmic Cup Coffee Company Easton, Pennsylvania   What other coffee jobs have you had? First and only. What’s your favorite part about working in coffee? Interacting with customers. To me, working bar is a very social experience. Talking to long-term customers as well as new customers makes … Read more →

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10 Minutes With Tony Tan

Tony Tan Owner Tony Coffee Workshop Singapore & Roasting and barista trainer in Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, China, & Singapore.   What other coffee jobs have you had? Roaster at Highlander Coffee Singapore, Head Barista for the Les Amis Group of 12 restaurants, cafes, patisseries. What’s your favorite part about working in … Read more →

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10 Minutes With Terika Raak

Terika Raak Manager Caffe Ladro, Capitol Hill location Seattle, Washington What other coffee jobs have you had? I first started in coffee about 10 years ago as a barista at the Nordstrom Espresso Bar in the Southcenter Mall in Tukwila, Washington. I worked there during summer and holiday breaks while … Read more →

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10 Minutes With Yannis Apostolopoulos

Yannis Apostolopoulos Business and Sales Development Director W.S. Karoulias S.A. Athens, Greece & Member of the Board Speciality Coffee Association of Europe (SCAE) Chelmsford UK   What other coffee jobs have you had? Surprisingly enough, this is my first coffee job. What’s your favorite part about working in coffee? Coffee … Read more →

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