Just got off the phone with Chuck Jones and he informed me that Joel Starr, previously of Ninth St. Espresso in NYC, www.thirdwavecoffee.net
and currently working for Castle and Company in Los Angeles, California, passed away on a vacation in Brazil.
My heart and thoughts go out to his family and friends. This is a sad day for the specialty coffee industry and so sad to lose someone with so much passion and love for coffee.
If anyone has stories they would like to share about Joel, or would like to write anything else, please feel free to share in the comments section.
from left to right; Phillip Hand (Supreme Bean), Greg Torres (La Mill Coffee), Kei Okumura (La Mill Coffee), Ty McNulty (Groundwork), Joel Starr (Castle and Company), Tim Castle (Castle and Company), James Marcotte (IntelligentsiA Coffee) Photo by Joan Nielsen
Here is an open letter from Tim Castle and their team:
Dear Friends and Colleagues -
It is with great sadness that we must report the passing of our good friend and associate Joel Starr.
After traveling to some coffee farms in Brazil, Joel was taking some vacation time in Sao Paulo and there contracted Meningococcal Meningitis Septicemia early Monday morning. The infection was extremely aggressive and despite what we believe to have been state-of-the-art care at Sao Luis Hospital in Sao Paulo, Joel succumbed to the infection yesterday evening.
It is shocking to all of us that we could lose such a vibrant and talented young man with so little warning. We will keep you posted as to the plans and of the family as we become aware of them. Obviously, Joel's parents and brothers are devastated and our hearts go out to them.
With great sadness,
Tim, Joan, Dana and David