People in Coffee


10 Minutes With James Klapp

James Klapp Barista La Colombe Coffee Philadelphia, Pennsylvania What other coffee jobs have you had? I had never worked in coffee before Ultimo [his employer before La Colombe] besides my involvement in a roaster-retailer concept that never made it past the planning stage. Prior to that, I was a gigging musician … Read more →

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10 Minutes With Joe Speicher

Joe Speicher Founder Ground to Grounds San Francisco, California What other coffee jobs have you had?  I’ve had very little experience in the coffee industry here in the United States. In 2007, I worked for TechnoServe in Tanzania on the production side of the business. We helped coffee farmers access … Read more →


10 Minutes With Davide Cobelli

Davide Cobelli Coffee Trainer & Consultant Italy and abroad What other coffee jobs have you had? I was a coffee shop owner from 2005 to 2008 in Verona. From 2009 to 2012, I was Head Barista in another coffee shop in Verona, and since 2012, I have worked as a … Read more →

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10 Minutes With Patrick Burns

Patrick Burns Owner Palace Coffee Company Canyon and Amarillo, Texas   What other coffee jobs have you had? Well, you have to start somewhere and my somewhere was odd. My first job in coffee was setting up and running a coffee bar in a church. It was great practice for … Read more →


10 Minutes With Colin Whitcomb

Colin Whitcomb Head of Training and Quality Control Madcap Coffee Co. Washington, D.C.   What other coffee jobs have you had? Barista. Key Holder. Barista-comma-Trainer. At the company-formerly-known-as Alterra Coffee Roasters, Milwaukee, Wisconsin What’s your favorite part about working in coffee? People, first and last. Then comes truth. Hemingway said … Read more →

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10 Minutes With Jesse Myers

Jesse Myers Lead Roaster Quills Coffee Louisville, Kentucky What other coffee jobs have you had? Before Quills, I was the roaster and trainer for a small, campus coffeehouse and roastery named Barefoots Joe. It’s part of Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. They’re a fabulous group of people who make delicious … Read more →

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10 Minutes With Beth Ann Casperson

Beth Ann Caspersen Quality Control Manager Equal Exchange West Bridgewater, Massachusetts What other coffee jobs have you had? Equal Exchange; 15 years Organic Products Trading (now part of Coffee Holding), Vancouver, Washington;  1 year What’s your favorite part about working in coffee? Oh, so many things! I do a lot … Read more →

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10 Minutes With Hannah Popish

Hannah Popish Coffee Buyer’s Agent Counter Culture Coffee Durham, North Carolina What other coffee jobs have you had? This is my first… unless you count volunteering at a café called La Taza when I lived in Honduras and there was a dearth of work to do at Habitat for Humanity. … Read more →


10 Minutes With David & Mae Clark

David + Mae Clark Founders, Tasters, and Writers Purista Coffee Co. Tacoma, Washington What other coffee jobs have you had? Mae’s first job, in 2007, was as a barista at a ‘coffee shop’ that was also a video rental store, in a town with a population of less than 1,000. … Read more →


10 Minutes With Joe Tynan

Joe Tynan Head Roaster/Green Buyer Code Black Coffee Melbourne, Australia   What other coffee jobs have you had? Head Roaster/Trainer/Green Buyer, St Ali. Barista/Roaster, Proud Mary Barista/Roaster, Veneziano Plus a handful of barista gigs before these. What’s your favorite part about working in coffee? Talk about a meaning of life … Read more →

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