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AUG-SEP 2019

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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 consul- tancy founded to offer comprehensive support to all segments of the coffee industry. He is a past president of the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA), was one of the original members of the U.S. Barista Championship (USBC) Committee, and was 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 SCA "Supertaster," certified cupper, and Q-grader instructor. (Cashbox, p. 82) 2 Sarah Bence is an American travel writer and blogger, currently based in Michigan after a stint in Europe. She is published in various travel journals, and her blog can be seen at She's enjoyed coffee in 26 countries, with a few more to go. You can follow her travels on Instagram @endlessdistances. (Field Report: Grand Rapids, Mich., p. 50) 3 Valorie Clark has been an on-again, off-again barista and coffee trainer for over six years. When she's not behind bar, she's probably traveling or cuddling the nearest dog. She writes about coffee, pop culture, and history. Follow her on Twitter @thevalorieclark. (Flat Bed Vs. Cone Experiment, p. 92) 4 Caroline Cormier is a freelance writer from Canada. She currently lives in Berlin, where you can find her digging through archives to discover forgotten stories of the past for her Ph.D., exploring the city's art and culture scene, or simply enjoying a good cup of coffee at a local café or farmers market. (Foam, p. 24) 5 Chris Danger is an illustrator and animator from the small town of Wahiawa, Hawaii. After graduating from the School of Visual Arts in New York City, he ani- mated shows for Disney, Comedy Central, and Cartoon Network. He now lives in Richmond, Va., with his girl- friend and their dog, Louie. (Illustration for 9 Low-Cost Professional-Development Strategies, p. 76) 6 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 (Illustrations for Flat Bed Vs. Cone Experiment, p. 92) 7 Clay Enos didn't drink coffee in 2007 when he first went to origin in Oaxaca, Mexico, with David Griswold, Peter Giuliano, Christy Thorns, Mark Inman, and Julie Beals. Shortly thereafter, he had his first cappuccino made by the Guatemalan Barista Champion at Let's Talk Coffee in Antigua. The bar was raised high and Clay's photographic adventures fueled by wander- lust—they haven't ceased. In between shooting posters and behind-the-scenes of feature films, he's always game to visit coffee farmers and document the myriad players in the coffee-supply chain. (Cover photo and photography for Reflecting the Light of Rwandan Coffee, p. 68, and photos in Pull, p. 38) 8 Kate Haberer is a former barista and current coffee lover and illustrator living in Baltimore. When not drawing pictures or making coffee, she's usually off riding her bike or out in the woods. You can see more of her work at or on Instagram @katehaberer. (Illustration for Cashbox, p. 82) 9 Brian Helfrich is constantly searching for ways to use his creative-writing background as CEO of Summit Coffee Co., where he oversees three cafés and a roasting business. His writing and leadership approach prioritize transparency and creativity above all else. Based in North Carolina, Brian spends all of his non-coffee time with his wife and kids, or finding new marathons to run. (How to Come Back Strong from Failure, p. 84) 10 RJ Joseph roasts coffee and runs a coffee satire site called The Knockbox in addition to her other adventures in coffee journalism. Her writing focuses primarily on equity, workers' rights, and alternatives to the status quo. In her free time she loves cooking, reading, and just being in Oakland, Calif. You can follow her on Instagram and Twitter @rj_sproseph. (9 Low-Cost Professional-Development Strategies, p. 76) 11 Ever Meister (fka Erin Meister or, simply, "Meister") has worked simultaneously in specialty coffee and journalism for nearly two decades in three cities: Boston, New York, and Minneapolis. She currently has the dream job of managing editor and director of education for Cafe Imports, and is the author of New York City Coffee: A Caffeinated History (2017). In addition to coffee, Ever loves road trips, long-distance running, writing letters, tasting different craft beers, and spending time with other people's senior dogs. Follow her on Instagram @justmeister. (Master Q+A, p. 98) 12 Katrina Yentch is Barista Magazine's Online Editor and a Portland, Ore.-based freelance writer and editor. When she's not glued to her laptop, she can usually be found biking and drinking whatever's on drip. (Foam, p. 26) 13 Michelle Yow has worked in the coffee industry for about five years in roles ranging from production at a local roaster to barista and trainer. She currently lives in Charlotte, N.C., and works as the director of education for Not Just Coffee. When she's not oversee- ing the company's seven locations, Michelle's at home hanging out with her partner and two cats, likely playing video games on the couch. (Field Report: Honduras, p. 42) 13 12 2 9 11 7 8 10 4 6 3 5 1 12 barista magazine

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