People in Coffee

10 Minutes With Sean Kohmescher

Sean Kohmescher CEO Temple Coffee Roasters Sacramento, California What other coffee jobs have you had? I had a lawn-mowing business growing up while growing up in Edmond, Oklahoma; Coffee making for a café in San Diego (not quite a barista, since I wasn’t trained), and I waited tables at a … Read more →


10 Minutes With Zaida Mikayla Dedolph

Zaida Mikayla Dedolph Retail Manager, Old Town Intelligentsia Coffee Chicago, Illinois What other coffee jobs have you had? Director of Operations at Time Bandits LLC (the parent company for Halfwit Coffee Roasters, the Wormhole Coffee, and Fritz Pastry), Chicago, Illinois Coffee Bar Manager at Frank Restaurant, Austin, Texas Barista at … Read more →


10 Minutes with Steve Kessler

Steve Kessler Director of Wholesale Operations Anodyne Coffee Roasting Company Milwaukee, Wisconsin What other coffee jobs have you had? I’ve done a little bit of everything really. I was a barista/sandwich guy at Bagels & More in Beloit, Wisc., about 15 years ago (yikes). Then I worked for Red Rock Foods … Read more →

Roukiat makes friends wherever she goes.

10 Minutes with Roukiat Delrue

Roukiat Delrue @RoukiD • National Bodies Manager, World Coffee Events • CQI Q Services Manager, Coffee Quality Institute • Independent Coffee Consultant • Big-time volunteer! What other coffee jobs have you had? Interpreter for coffee producers Boot Coffee Consultant National Promotion Manager – Anacafe, 2005, Guatemala Volunteer/Consultant: All over the … Read more →

Employee Shoot - Mike

10 Minutes with Mike McKim

Mike McKim @mikemckim Founder & CEO Cuvee Coffee Austin, Texas 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 … Read more →


New Series! 10 Minutes With…

Dear Barista Magazine’s loyal blog readers, Happy new year! We’re excited to ring in 2014 with extended coverage of our favorite part of the specialty-coffee culture: people! Alas, we only have six magazine covers a year, and since one of them is the coveted prize of the World Barista Champion … Read more →

Robben Island from the edge of Cape Town. Photo by Kenneth R. Olson, Barista Magazine

Losing Nelson Mandela

Though he was never directly associated with the coffee industry on his home continent of Africa, Nelson Mandela—who died today at age 95—and his life’s work as an anti-apartheid icon, social visionary, and one of the most important humanitarians in history, is in fact connected not only to the coffee … Read more →

Ben at work.

Ben Blake + Draw Coffee

By Kelsey Snell In an age of “filtered” art (Valencia or X-Pro? Try Rise.), artist Ben Blake takes a different approach. Instead of filtering his work, he works on filters—no sepia staining, no one-touch tilt shifting necessary. Ben began “doodling” on coffee filters two years ago and aptly named his … Read more →

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