Michael Binns
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  • Houston, Texas
  • United States
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What is your position in the coffee industry?
barista, coffee shop owner, barista trainer, coffee enthusiast
Where are you located? ( City and Country )
Houston USA
How many years have you been in the industry?
4 years as a barista, 1 year owning my cafe
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Tell us more about your coffee shop or barista skills.
I've been in the retail side for four years and in the last year have been more hands-on with my roaster and learning more about that. I own and operate an espresso bar and cafe which gives me experience from the front of the house to the back.
What cities or countries are you interested in traveling to?
Parts of the Northwest, Central and South America, Africa. Just about wherever coffee is produced.
About Me:
I am a former barista that became an accountant for nine years just to come full circle back to becoming a barista and owning my own shop. happiness
About My Company:
Fioza Cafe. We opened for business in July of 2007 and have been growing steadily since. We are the only true espresso bar in the Meyerland area. Houston is still starved for good espresso bars.
What is your favorite thing about the coffee industry?
everything coffee

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At 10:33am on January 6, 2010, will frith said…
First - big congrats to you and your family! I'm sure the busy-ness won't subside at all. Your ability to juggle will improve!

Hope all's well with the cafe, can't wait to see it. I'll keep you in the loop about my next TX visit.

Sip Slowly.
At 9:42am on October 12, 2009, will frith said…
Mod Coffeehouse Galveston is back!

they remodeled and look better than ever, with a new bar, 3-group Linea and Mazzer grinder. as of last month, they were still looking for a roaster that offered everything they're looking for (mainly a good training program and an understanding of good espresso). my last family visit to texas had me training the Mod staff for two days, and i think i sparked the fires a little, as a few of their baristas have called me with super-geeky questions about coffee prep.

i'll have to see how far those two training sessions go, and how long they can go before another session is necessary. hopefully, they find a roaster nearby soon that can keep up the quality, or i'll be repeating myself there every year!

sorry i missed your place last visit - didn't quite make it into houston-proper as i'd hoped. let's keep in touch so i can plan for a visit next time. i'll bring some coffee to play with, too!
At 6:14pm on January 19, 2009, Greenway Barista said…
much fun was had this weekend.

pictures plz!
At 7:57am on January 10, 2009, Lorenzo Perkins said…
Hey michael, hope the shop is doing well...be seeing ya this weekend.
At 3:07pm on October 3, 2008, Mike Spence said…
Hey Michael! Good talking to you today. I'll get that information out to you shortly.
At 4:16pm on September 28, 2008, Greenway Barista said…
At 11:44am on September 23, 2008, will frith said…
i remember driving for an hour just to get to cafe brasil from galveston just for a good cup of coffee and mediocre espresso... that is, until mod coffeehouse opened in galveston (RIP). then ike had to come upend the whole city. i don't think they'll be able to reopen for a few years at least.

you'll be a welcome addition to houston, i'm sure. and i'll hit you up there next time i visit my folks in texas!
At 9:00am on September 14, 2008, Steve Kessler said…
Welcome to the family! You guys have a great resource down there (www.tx-coffee.com) for the coffee community.
Take Care,

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