People in Coffee


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 →


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 →


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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10 Minutes With Casper Engel Rasmussen

Casper Engel Rasmussen Roastery and Quality Manager The Coffee Collective Copenhagen, Denmark. What other coffee jobs have you had? I’ve been in the coffee business for 12 years now. My first job in coffee was in a cafe back in my hometown, Silkeborg, called Cafe Evald. It’s kind of funny … Read more →


10 Minutes With Ryan Willbur

Ryan Willbur Marketing, Education, & Coffee Coordinator La Marzocco USA Seattle, Washington What other coffee jobs have you had? My first job in coffee was as a barista for Lava Java in Ridgefield, Wash., and it’s kind of crazy how many life-long coffee professionals have come from that little cafe … Read more →


10 Minutes With Todd Mackey

Todd Mackey QC Coordinator & Trainer InterAmerican Coffee/Coffee Solutions Hopedale, Massachusetts What other coffee jobs have you had? Customer Support Manager, New Harvest Coffee Roasters, Pawtucket, Rhode Island Retail Operations Manager, Olga’s, Providence, Rhode Island What’s your favorite part about working in coffee? Hands down, the people. I have met … Read more →

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10 Minutes with Shawn Steiman

Shawn Steiman, PhD Coffee Scientist and Owner/Consultant Coffea Consulting Honolulu, Hawaii & Owner and Chief Science Officer Daylight Mind Coffee Company Kailua-Kona, Hawaii What other coffee jobs have you had?  Barista at Toto’s Coffee & Cafe in Mission, Kansas. They closed years ago—I’m not sure they ever had a website! … Read more →

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10 Minutes With Heather Ringwood

Heather Ringwood Business Development, Customer Support Espresso Parts Olympia, Washington What other coffee jobs have you had? I worked at Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters for 16 years and held a lot of job titles there, the last one being Operations Director. I started as a barista there when we … Read more →

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10 Minutes With Jonathan Rubinstein

Jonathan Rubinstein Founder Joe New York City & Philadelphia What other coffee jobs have you had? Not a one. Unless you count my first job as an assistant to a talent agent where I ran out and got him a lot of coffee. Or the coffee I served at Chic-fil-A … Read more →

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