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What is your position in the coffee industry?
coffee shop owner, barista trainer, coffee enthusiast, industry professional, consultant
Where are you located? ( City and Country )
Portland, OR
How many years have you been in the industry?
I started working as a barista in 1992.
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?
Croatia, South Pacific, Thailand, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Italy, Greece, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Brazil, Ethiopia, Rwanda, South Africa, NYC, Vancouver B.C., Toronto ...
About Me:
I live in Portland Oregon where I am the director of training at the American Barista & Coffee School and Bellissimo Coffee Advisors. I am also a partner at Water Avenue Coffee. I spend most of my time training new and existing business owners how to open and operate successful retail coffee businesses. In my spare time you might find me having coffee or sipping a pint at one of Portlands great coffee shops or brew pubs. I spend lots of time also with my beautiful wife and little wiener dog.

Professionally I have been in this industry for almost 15 years and have worked as a barista, manager, trainer and consultant. I speak at Coffee Fest and SCAA Tradeshows and sit on the SCAA Training Committee as a lead espresso trainer and was on the USBC Committee 2007/08. I have been certified as a judge for the NWRBC/USBC and have placed 3rd in the MillRock Latte Art Competition. I have written articles for Barista Magazine, Fresh Cup Magazine, Specialty Coffee Retailer and the SCAA Chronicle and have been quoted in many magazines and newspapers in regards to specialty coffee and retail coffee business.
About My Company:
The American Barista & Coffee School [ABC's] is the first and only professional school in the U.S. devoted to domestic and international specialty coffee business education and hands-on barista training. No other coffee school can match the scope of ABC's educational and retail success-building curriculum.
What is your favorite thing about the coffee industry?
teaching people about how amazing coffee is, and seeing them fall in love.

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Coffee Whiz Teresa von Fuchs of Dallis Bros. Coffee to Compete in Coffee Cocktail Mash Up

Posted on June 13, 2012 at 10:48am 0 Comments

Teresa von Fuchs, a coffee and espresso consultant for iconic New York roaster Dallis

Bros. Coffee, will percolate a specialty caffeinated cocktail during the second annual

Coffee Cocktail Mash Up, which will take place on Sunday, June 24 at 5 p.m. at

Weather Up in Tribeca.

Teresa makes no beans about participating in specialty coffee competitions and

educational events. She was a judge for the U.S. Barista Competition, trained competitors for the Northeast Regional…


Barista Exchange at Coffee Fest

Posted on September 18, 2009 at 1:30pm 1 Comment

Hey all, be sure to come by and see me in the American Barista & Coffee School booth # 714 at Coffee Fest this next weekend. I have a limited edition run of new buttons as well for Barista Exchange members.

See you there!

- Matt

Ghirardelli launches new product just in time for the Holiday Season!

Posted on September 16, 2009 at 4:14pm 0 Comments

San Leandro, California – September 3, 2009 – Ghirardelli is excited to announce the launch of our newest Ground Chocolate flavor “Sweet Ground Chocolate & Cocoa with Peppermint Flavor”; just in time for this holiday season!

The luxuriously deep flavor of Ghirardelli Sweet Ground Chocolate & Cocoa with Peppermint Flavor creates the intense, lingering chocolate experience. We start with cocoa from the finest cocoa beans; blend just the right amount of sugar, real vanilla and… Continue

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At 11:01am on July 17, 2012, Justin Kagan said…

hey neighbor....I'm still getting requests for availability of the Sonofresco roaster...two more this week...which I posted about 4 years ago and has long since sold (also 4 years ago).  What to do about removing the post?  I have made a couple requests over the years which seem to fall through the cracks...thx Matt

At 12:42pm on September 28, 2011, Andrew Alcala said…
At 9:07pm on September 12, 2011, Bryan Wray said…

A friend of mine who is relatively new to the game just posted her FB status as, "OH. MY. GOD. I want to grow up to be a Spanish-speaking trainer at the American Barista and Coffee School. This is my new life plan."

She's never been to W.A. or ABC and she's already talking like this, lol.


I'll try to swing her by the shop sometime when you're there.


I did manage to stop in a couple weekends ago.  Beautiful bar man, it actually is very similar to the layout of my "dream bar."  We'll have to get together sometime over there and I'll show it to you, haha. 

At 11:33am on June 18, 2011, Dennis McQuoid said…
Hey Matt. I hope you get a chance to visit my shop while you're in town. It would be good to see you again.
At 9:43am on May 31, 2011, MOCAFE™ said…
Thank you Matt, we are very excited to be on board! 
At 2:17pm on May 29, 2011, Mohit Mehra said…

Thanks Matt... This is a great site.. Yes, we have to talk soon. The store is coming along pretty well. I will send you pics..All well here.. Talk to you soon..


At 11:51pm on May 9, 2011, Justin Kagan said…
Hey MAtt: any tips on getting java inTokyo?  Will be there with the Met Opera from June 6-15th, prolly bringing a lot ofmyown stuff to drink,but curious if you have or know anyone with insights.  All I know is that I'll be staying in the Hotel Okura. Fire away...justin
At 8:48pm on March 8, 2011, Robert Benge Stofleth said…
Lovin the new site layout!
At 4:44pm on March 7, 2011, Alun Evans said…
Hi Matt, I like the new format for the BX site- nice, simple and clean. Always enjoy the time I spend on BX- been so busy with openings in Australia and Malaysia that time has been really tight...hope to have a bit more over next few months. Cheers
At 4:22pm on March 7, 2011, Mike Spence said…
Hey Matt - love the new look!

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