When asked the question, “What do I enjoy about the industry?”, the answer is simple: the people. I got into coffee back in 2010 when a Barista described an ethiopian coffee as “pure sunlight”. I immediately purchased two bags and I’ve been chasing that experience ever since. Five years later, I got a job there and the rest was history.
Much like the roasting process, what I enjoy most about roasting has changed over time. Years ago when I was a barista learning how to roast in order to lift the curtain back a bit more, it felt as if this skill would get me so much closer to that “pure sunlight” I was chasing. What I’ve come to learn about the reality of roasting, for me, is the simplicity you find in the complexity of the roasting experience; though a volatile chain of chemical reactions, the part I play as a roaster has a definite beginning, middle and end. It’s a simple comfort I find in my on-going career in coffee.
US Barista National Qualifier 2018
US Coffee in Good Spirits 6th 2019