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APR-MAR 2014

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C O N T R I B U T O R S 1 Tracy Allen is CEO of Brewed Behavior, a consultancy founded to offer comprehensive support to all segments of the coffee industry. He also currently serves as second vice president for the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA). As one of the original members of the U.S. Barista Championship (USBC) Committee and the first chair of the Rules and Regulations Committee for the World Barista Championship (WBC), Tracy has trained multiple national and regional barista champions and served as a judge and judges' trainer for the USBC and WBC. He is also an SCAA "Supertaster," certified cupper, and Q-grader instructor. (Cashbox, p. 84) 2 Marcus Boni has had the sincere pleasure of being a member of the specialty-coffee community for the past 12 years and is extremely excited to be working with the team and guests at Kaldi's Coffee Roasters as vice president of retail operations and marketing. Before joining Kaldi's, Marcus was director of community development with the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA). At the SCAA, Marcus focused on developing and producing programs such as the United States Barista Championship, the U.S. Brewers Cup, the Barista Guild of America Barista Camp, and the World Barista Championship. Marcus holds bachelor's degrees in computer sciences and business management, and is a certified Kangoo fitness instructor. (Google it!) Marcus is a diehard Cubs fan, and has exactly one too many adopted animals with his husband, Tony. (Beautiful Coffee/ Beautiful Food, p. 72) 3 Christopher Chandler is a filmmaker and photographer living in Santa Cruz, Calif. He loves learning the stories of others and bringing those stories to life through film and photo. His recent work includes short films for start-up design firms in Silicon Valley, lifestyle pieces for individuals, and multimedia content for Verve Coffee Roasters. His portfolio can be seen at www. (Cover photo & photography for Trubaca, p. 60) 4 Having migrated to the San Francisco Bay Area from the Middle East in 2012, Evan Collisson soon began following his nose and palate in the coffee world. When he's not behind bar at Berkeley's most ambrosial joint, Bartavelle, you may find him prowling street corners on his skateboard and shooting photographs along the way. See more of Evan's photography at for Beautiful Coffee/ Beautiful Food, p. 75) 5 When you're at BARISTA in Portland, Ore., and you see that guy with the ever-changing Packers hats who's always running around with cupping bowls and coffee samples, you've found Brett Felchner. Brett is the coffee buyer and trainer at BARISTA and is always wanting to talk to you about coffee and/or make you some coffee. Yes, you'll have to endure discussions of what record he just bought or how the Packers are doing, but he'll make you laugh and treat you to some damn fine coffee. (Mix Tape, p. 98) 6 Alexander Ruas shares his Creative Coffee Consulting offices with Drop Coffee in Stockholm, Sweden. His list of accomplishments includes winning the Swedish Barista Championship in 2011, working in research and development for Drop Coffee, and coaching the Swedish National Barista Team, among others. Alexander traveled to Panama recently with reigning Swedish Barista Champ, Oskar Garberg, who works in research and development for Johan & Nyström, and was on the winning team at the 2013 Nordic Barista Cup. (Field Report: Panama, p. 32) 7 Erin Meister is a coffee professional with a totally-not-at- all-secret double life as a writer and a journalist. (Worst. Clark. Kent. Ever.) When she's in her coffee cups, she's a regional representative for Counter Culture Coffee's Counter Intelligence education program. She has written about coffee on the regular for Serious Eats (, and has also contributed editorial and/or written work for fine publications such as The Boston Globe , The Washington Post, Time Out NY , and this gem you've got in your hot little hands. She can be reached at (Mix Tape, p. 92) 8 Chuck Patton owns Bird Rock Coffee Roasters in San Diego, Calif., with his wife, Elke. The former English teacher started the roasting company in 2002 roasting on a one-pound fluid bed roaster and selling all of the coffee at local farmers' markets and via home delivery. In 2006, Chuck opened the company's flagship location and roasterie in Bird Rock, Calif., and in 2012, Bird Rock Coffee Roasters was named Roast Magazine 's Micro-Roaster of the Year. In 2014, Chuck will open Bird Rock's second retail location in San Diego. (Foam, p. 22) 9 Author Ashley Rodriguez thought that she'd take a break from teaching middle-school science and putz around in a coffee shop for a few months. She quickly found out she's much better at explaining latte art than algebra, and has been teaching people about and making coffee at shops all over New York City ever since. At any given time, she's probably doing a crossword puzzle or making her friends watch the movie Clue . (Coffee Forensics, p. 86) 10 After earning her bachelor's degree in fine art at the University of California, Santa Cruz, Greta Romelfanger went on to specialize in scientific drawings of the natural world. She worked as a barista in Portland, Ore. at the Albina Press, where she curated art shows in addition to crafting espresso drinks. Greta moved to Seattle to complete a degree in natural-science illustration at the University of Washington in 2011, and then returned to Portland, where she continues to draw daily for a number of publications, as well as fortify herself with the city's amazing coffee. Beginning in 2010, Greta was the exclusive illustrator of Barista Magazine 's "One by One" series on manually brewed coffee. To see more of Greta's work, go to (Illustration for Coffee Forensics, p. 86) 11 Shanny Sena was born and raised in Singapore. She now lives in Melbourne, Australia, with her husband and two dogs. She is a barista, aspiring coffee competitor, and consultant for PLAnet Cup USA. In 2012, she cofounded Filter Coffee Roasters, which remains the only roaster in Melbourne to focus exclusively on filter roasts and brewing methods. (Photography for Beautiful Coffee/ Beautiful Food, p. 74 + 76) 1 5 3 8 10 4 9 11 2 6 7 12 barista magazine B o o k 1 - 4 4 . i n d d 1 2 Book 1-44.indd 12 3 / 1 9 / 1 4 9 : 5 0 P M 3/19/14 9:50 PM

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