Ellie Matuszak
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  • Chicago USA
  • United States
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Brady Mar 26, 2011. 4 Replies

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What is your position in the coffee industry?
barista, barista trainer, industry professional
Where are you located? ( City and Country )
Chicago, USA
How many years have you been in the industry?
If you are a barista or shop, are you interested in a barista exchange with another coffee shop/barista?
What cities or countries are you interested in traveling to?
Coffee-producing countries
About Me:
I started in the coffee industry in 1999 as a barista in the original Intelligentsia store on Broadway in Chicago. After a few years, I started designing Intelligentsia's training program, adding more trainers over the years and growing the program to be a multi-faceted Training Department offering educational programs for wholesale customers, staff, the public, and the barista competitions. In 2007 after moving to Los Angeles, I left Intelligentsia to join Coffee Solutions as a partner in charge of the training division, which meant spending most of my days working with coffee companies of all shapes and sizes to develop unique training programs for them. In February 2010 I accepted a full-time position at the Specialty Coffee Association of America as the first-ever Director of Professional Development for any coffee trade association as far as I know. I would love to talk to you about SCAA's educational programs and what is available for professional development for baristas and retailers.

Before joining SCAA Staff, I had wonderful opportunities to participate in the industry as a volunteer, including as a 2-time USBC finalist and Great Lakes Regional Barista Champion, SCAA Board of Directors and Chair of the SCAA Training Committee and Professional Development Committee, and Barista Guild Executive Council Director, including a year as Chair. I've had a lot of wonderful and rewarding opportunities to teach workshops and give educational presentations including Coffee Corps assignments in Guatemala, Colombia, and El Salvador.

My focus, as my title suggests, is to provide and connect YOU with the best professional development opportunities in coffee! Please let me know how I can help you develop your own custom education track.
About My Company:
The Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) is the world's largest coffee trade association.
What is your favorite thing about the coffee industry?
opportunity to make the world a better place

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At 3:49pm on December 14, 2015, Stella said…

Good Day,

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Have a nice day

Thanks God bless.

Mrs Stella.

At 2:57am on October 10, 2010, angela said…
My name is miss angela desmond i saw your profile today and became interested in
you,i will also like to know you more,and i want you to send an email to my
email address so i can give you my picture, for you to know whom i am.
Here is my email address( ( angela5000desmond@yahoo.fr)
I believe we can move from here!
I am waiting for your mail to my email address above.
(Remeber the distance or colour does not matter but love matters alot in life)
( angela5000desmond@yahoo.fr)
At 6:32am on March 26, 2009, Chris Tellez said…
Hi Ellie, My names Chris!
I just sent a resume off to intelligentsia, and I'd love to fire you a quick email and let you know my story. also wondering what the deal is with the Santa Cruz store.

Let me know if we can get a bit of a dialogue going, It would mean a lot to me

Thanks ,Chris
At 11:11am on March 10, 2009, Scott Bruggman said…
Hey it was great getting to meet you and judge with you this weekend. Hope to see you at Atlanta
At 9:04am on March 10, 2009, Frank McGinty said…
Not sure how much you check your bx, but it was good juding with you this week in portland. Keep in touch, Kaldi's would love to get you down to STL for a Jam. Hopefully we'll bump into you at WBC/Atlanta.
At 6:22am on January 21, 2009, Kurt Stauffer said…
Hey Ellie,
See you at Coffee Fest.
At 9:40pm on January 1, 2009, peg bono said…
Hey Ellie. I met you at Intelligentsia in Chicago years ago. It's great to follow your career and read about your many accomplishments. Best wishes for continued success, you are a pioneer!
At 8:15am on December 1, 2008, Steve MacDowall said…
Hello Ellie, greetings from Canada - Steve
At 6:38pm on November 9, 2008, Brady said…
Hi Ellie. Great to meet you this weekend. Hope you had fun here in Charlotte and have a safe trip back.
At 12:33pm on September 23, 2008, Adrian Badger said…
Hi Ellie - Great meeting you at the Taylor Maid / Simonelli demo last week. Thanks for being nice about my latte!

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