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APR-MAY 2018

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C O N T R I B U T O R S 1 Tom Abraham is the lead technician at Ozo Coffee Company. He loves his job. He has been working in the specialty-coffee industry since 2009. In a past life, he cofounded a DIY music and arts venue in his hometown of Boulder, Colo. He loves fresh mountain air, American history, and music in minor keys. (Taming the Beast, p. 116) 2 Tracy Allen is CEO of Brewed Behavior, a consultancy 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 mem- bers 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 SCA "Supertaster," certified cupper, and Q-grader instructor. (Cashbox, p. 114) 3 Harold Camilo is a Puerto Rico-based photographer with a whimsical approach to nature photography. His unique ability to engage the viewer through mixing textures with portraiture is a hallmark of his work. In just three years of professional photography experience, Harold has secured an admirable social media following that includes thousands of people from around the world. Photo by Mariangel Catalina Gonzales. (Cover photo and photos for Puerto Rico Rising, p. 70) 4 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 animated shows for Disney, Comedy Central, and Cartoon Network. He now lives in Charlottesville, Va., with his girlfriend and their dog, Louie. (Illustrations for Taming the Beast, p. 116) 5 Ashley Elander is an illustrator and screen printer in Chicago. After working in coffee for eight years, she's now a retired barista who exercises her skills by showing her studio mates how to make better coffee. Check out more of Ashley's work at (Illustrations for Make It Work, p. 104) 6 Melind John serves as managing director at Josuma Coffee Company. He oversees the company's green-coffee sourcing and sales. He also teaches the class "Espresso and Coffee—More Different than You Think," at Coffee Fest. Melind lives with his wife, Stephanie, in San Francisco. (Field Report: India, p. 40) 7 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, workers' 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 and Twitter at @rj_sproseph. (Make It Work, p. 104) 8 Alicia Kennedy is a Brooklyn, N.Y.-based food and drink writer who regularly travels to Puerto Rico. She's a contributor to The Village Voice who's also written for Food & Wine, Munchies, Plate, Wine Enthusiast, Bon Appétit, Saveur, Eater, and more. You can find more of her work at (Puerto Rico Rising, p. 70) 9 Born in Lancaster, Pa, Allison Kerek currently works as a freelance illustrator and animator in Kansas City, Mo. She earned a BFA in graphic and interactive design from Philadelphia's Tyler School of Art in 2012. Her clients include HOW Books, Print Magazine, Nike, Hallmark Cards, Nylon Magazine, Accel, and more. She currently shares a studio space with Dustin Williams and her puppy, Tex. Allison has been teaching at the University of Central Missouri since 2015. (Illustration for Cashbox, p. 114) 10 Alex Lambert and Jason "Double J" Johnson are the cofounders of Black Rabbit Service Co., an independent specialty-coffee equipment sales and service company based in Portland, Ore. When not wrenching and benching machines, they both spend time with their families, hang out at the occa- sional metal show or comic book store, or head out into nature for some camping and relaxation. (High Maintenance, p. 100) 11 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 (Illustrations for High Maintenance, p. 100) 12 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 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. (Foam, p. 24; Field Report: Chicago, p. 32; There Goes the Neighborhood, p. 94) 13 Chris Ryan is Barista Magazine Online's copy editor and a freelance 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. 22; Master Q+A, p. 124) 14 Brodie Vissers, also known as The Nomad Barista, has invested the last two years visiting and living in various reaches of the globe, gathering exclusive coffee research and connecting with some of the most influential coffee people in our industry. With a background in urban planning and an ongoing career in photography, he puts the intrinsic connection between the café and the urban community surrounding it at the forefront of his investigations. As a photographer, Brodie uses his love of imagery as a tool for storytelling, engagement, and artistic expression (on Instagram as @thenomadbrodie), and has just started a YouTube channel (The Nomad Barista) to expand into more educational content while showcasing the experiences of coffee-producing communities around the world, as well. (Foam, p. 26) 4 8 10 12 3 9 11 13 14 6 5 1 7 2 12 barista magazine

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