Barista Magazine

OCT-NOV 2018

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C O N T R I B U T O R S 1 Victoria Brown is the QC intern at InterAmerican Coffee's Providence, R.I., office. While new to the world of coffee, she studied food history and food policy at Sarah Lawrence College. In her spare time she enjoys reading, knitting, drawing, and cooking. Victoria's full portfolio can be found at riaabrown. (Foam, p. 22) 2 Ashley Elander Strandquist loves drawing and teaching people about coffee. Luckily she works at Tradecraft Outfitters in Chicago, which allows her to do both! Check out more of Ashley's work at (Illustration for Master in Memorium, p. 104) 3 Andy Freivogel is founder of the retail technology-consulting firm Science (, which he started after 20 years of work in retail coffee and technology consulting. In addition to guiding specialty and boutique retail customers through the landscape of POS systems, guest Wi-Fi solutions, and PCI com- pliance, he also enjoys free jazz, black metal, skateboarding, street art, and cooking West African dishes. Andy and his wife live in Oak Park, Ill., with their two children, a Chihuahua, a pit bull, two cats, and a frog. (POS IRL, p. 98) 4 Stephanie Frommlet is a chalkboard artist and freelancer living in Portland, Ore. She's studied classical animation, and loves to stare at fonts. She once worked as a mall Easter Bunny. Her work can be viewed at (Illustration for Co-ops from the Ground Up, p. 78) 5 Alex Lambert and Jason "Double J" Johnson are the cofounders of Black Rabbit Service Co., an independent special- ty-coffee equipment sales and service company based in Portland, Ore., with operations in Seattle and Los Angeles as well. When not wrenching and benching machines, they both spend time with their families, hang out at the occasional metal show or comic book store, or head out into nature for some camping and relaxation. (High Maintenance, p. 94) 6 RJ Joseph roasts coffee and writes a blog called Queer Cup ( in addition to her other adventures in coffee journalism. Her writing focuses primarily on equity, work- ers' rights, and alternatives to the status quo. In her free time she loves cooking, reading, and being in Oakland, Calif. You can follow her on Instagram (@rj_sproseph) and Twitter (@RJ_Sproseph). (Co-ops from the Ground Up, p. 78) 7 Erica Lewis Kennedy owns Colorado-based ELK Media LLC. Originally from northern California, she focuses on science writing with an emphasis on water. Married to a Boston-native craft- beer brewer and mother to a middle-school coffee roaster, Erica enjoys traveling the world with her family to drink great coffee, read books, and take photos. Trained as a barista, she sticks to her strength of kitchen-counter pourovers. You can find her on Instagram @ericalewiskennedy. (Field Report: Toronto, p. 32) 8 Teetering on the edge of extreme organization and total chaos, Josh Littlefield is the events manager for La Marzocco USA. Coming from a background in fine dining, all the coffee roles, fire/EMS, construction, and NYC immersive theater production, he'll happily jump into whatever scenario you throw at him. He's traveling the country for most of the year and will hopefully stop by your shop for a quick cortado at some point. When not working or traveling, Josh enjoys motorcycles/old cars, petting strangers' dogs, eating hand-pulled noodles, driving large machinery, tending to plants, and eating kettle-cooked chips. You can follow his life on the road at @josh__littlefield on Instagram, or shoot him a message at (Pull, p. 28) 9 Phil Markel has been drawing pictures since he can remember. His illustrations and designs can be seen on Rogue Ales bottles, including the Rogue Farms series. Along with beer, coffee is Phil's main beverage of choice, and he's excited about contributing to Barista. He resides with his wife, son, and dog in the Portland, Ore., area, where he also works as a designer for a local church. Phil's portfolio can be seen at (Illustration for High Maintenance, p. 94) 10 Erin Meister (you can call her just "Meister") has always led a kind of weird, caffeinated double life. As a coffee professional, she's been a barista, retail manager, wholesale-support represen- tative, and educator; as a journalist she's written and/or edited work for The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, Serious Eats,, and Rachael Ray Every Day magazine—as well as the gem you're holding in your hot little hands. These days she can be found writing content for Cafe Imports. Her book New York City Coffee: A Caffeinated History came out in 2017. You can email her at (The Story of Diesel, p. 68) 11 Ashley Rodriguez thought that she'd take a break from teach- ing middle-school science and putz around in a coffee shop for a few months. She ended up digging it way more than teaching (and was vaguely better at it). After spending five years making coffee in New York, she moved to the San Francisco Bay Area where she worked for Sightglass Coffee for three years. She now lives in Chicago where she is a full-time writer for a variety of publications, as well as Barista Magazine Online's editor. Follow her on Twitter at @ashisacommonname. (Field Report: Mexico City, p. 42; Master in Memoriam, p. 104) 12 Chris Ryan is Barista Magazine Online's copy editor and a free- lance writer and editor with a background in the specialty-coffee industry. He has worked as content director at Sustainable Harvest Coffee Importers and editor-in-chief of Fresh Cup Magazine. Outside of coffee, he enjoys baseball, running, and crossword puzzles. (Foam, p. 24 and 25) 13 Harrison Seiler stumbled into the world of photography rather late. Originally intending to pursue a career as a professional drummer and musician, he found that carrying around a camera was much easier than a drum set. He continues to learn by jump- ing at opportunities slightly outside of his comfort zone, making mistakes, and shooting a lot of photographs. Harrison currently lives in Cambridge, Mass., with his partner and two young kids. When he's not taking pictures of coffee or drinking coffee, he tries to make a living by making coffee and showing other people how to make coffee at Diesel, Bloc, and Forge Baking Company in Somerville, Mass. You can email him at (Cover photo + photos for The Story of Diesel, p. 68) 14 Joshua Vasko is a commercial and lifestyle photographer out of Charlotte, N.C. Passionate about all things photography and all things coffee, he is also a former professional barista and current home barista. (Photography for POS IRL, p. 98) 2 3 4 8 9 11 10 13 14 6 5 7 1 12 12 barista magazine

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