• Feb 2024 Kevin’s long career in coffee started with a joke from a friend: “maybe you should write about coffee.” Today Kevin is the writer behind the long-standing Coffee Companion blog, the author of two books for coffee drinkers, and the creator and host of CoffeeCon, a festival designed specifically to celebrate coffee lovers.
  • Feb 2024 Jen Apodaca is one of the world’s most celebrated women coffee roasters. From her roasting company, Mother Tongue Coffee, to her role as the founder of the She’s the Roaster movement, Jen is focused on building a more equitable system across the entire coffee value chain.
  • Feb 2024 After her son was born, Keri Elliott was looking to connect with her personal passions and discovered the art of home roasting. Today, she’s building a brand that embraces her authentic self—mom, woman roaster, solopreneur, coffee connoisseur, and ninja.
  • Jan 2024 As newlyweds, Stephanie & Bryce Wein bonded over their passion for coffee, experimenting with new roasts, brewing methods, and techniques. Today, Stephanie & Bryce run Pinup Coffee Co., a small-batch roasting company on a mission to foster community and make specialty coffee more accessible.
  • Jan 2024 Firaol Ahmed was just 19 when he founded his own roasting company to fill time while he recovered from a sports injury. Today he’s building a brand that highlights the diversity of Ethiopian coffees, including the beans from his own family’s award-winning coffee farm.
  • Jan 2024 Brian Franklin is a self-described “coffee purist” who built a thriving coffee business with one goal in mind: educate coffee drinkers on what makes an exceptional cup of coffee and share exceptional coffee with as many people as he can.
  • Nov 2023 Nathan Hamood was just 13 when he started experimenting with roasting coffee and convinced his parents who owned a dessert café, that they should up their coffee game. Today, as president and director of coffee for Dessert Oasis Coffee Roasters, he’s continuing to innovate and educate.
  • Nov 2023 Allen Leibowitz has done it all in the coffee industry—from roasting and café ownership as the founder of Zingerman’s Coffee Company to education to equipment sales and repair in his current company, Pit Crew Coffee Service, where he’s helping other coffee entrepreneurs thrive.
  • Nov 2023 Brandon has been passionate about coffee since he bought his first espresso machine at a garage sale when he was 12 years old. In his current role, he’s focused on creating a more sustainable and equitable system for coffee farmers.
  • Nov 2023 Sara co-founded Sightseer Coffee with the goal of supporting and empowering women by sourcing exclusively from women-owned farms and mills. When she and her co-founder struggled to find a space for roasting, they decided to build a better system, creating the first roasting co-op in Austin.

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