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What is your position in the coffee industry?
barista, barista trainer, coffee roaster, coffee enthusiast, industry professional, consultant, supplier, entrepreneur
Where are you located? ( City and Country )
Banks, Oregon
How many years have you been in the industry?
Professionally for about 13 years but I have been playing with speciality coffees since the early '70's
If you are a barista or shop, are you interested in a barista exchange with another coffee shop/barista?
Tell us more about your coffee shop or barista skills.
As a trainer/roaster/all-round coffee geek I have had the opportunity to work with people at all levels of experience and commitment. I have worked as a Barista for a very busy shop as well and I am a proponent for the whole "3rd Wave movement" in the speciality coffee world, Fair Trade, C.O.E. Sustainability are all important parts of this and I am able to speak to these issues.
What cities or countries are you interested in traveling to?
Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Yemen. PNG, Sumatra, Java, All of S. and Central America.
About Me:
Prior to entering the speciality coffee world, I was a chef for over 20 years, working in S. California and Portland, Or for various resorts and hotels as well as being sous-chef and catering mgr at Jake's in Portland. During this time I was always experimenting with coffee blends, buying my beans and playing with various combinations until I had it "just right". Eventually my experience as a chef led me to conclude that roasting coffee was something I could do too...sure enough, I was right. From then on, I have absorbed everything I could learn about coffee and espresso and the science involved in the making of perfect drinks and pass that on in training new baristas. I love to travel and go to origin whenever possible. I have been to Papua New Guinea while working for Portland Roasting to kick off the building of a new schoolhouse for the people of the Kinjibi tribe that we were buying direct from. I have also participated a judge in the Cerrado Quality cupping competition in Brazil 2 years ago.
Now I work with Bruno Souza and Beccor (Brazilian Estates Coffee Corp.) importing and offering the finest Brazilian Arabicas along with choice coffees from around the world.
About My Company:
Beccor-Brazilian Estates Cafe' Corp. is essentially a cooperative of farmers from three regions in Minas Gerais which produces fifty percent of Brazil's coffee: South Minas; Cerrado and Matas de Minas.
The Cerrado coffees are known for their intense aroma with notes between caramel, nuts and slight citric acidity. A fabulous Body between moderate and medium-heavy, and Flavor of sweet chocolate notes.
We work with the producers and roasters to directly import the coffees that best meet the Roaster's profile, enabling farmers to sell their coffees directly to the roaster.

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Academia do Cafe in Belo Horizonte, MG. Brasil

Posted on June 6, 2011 at 10:30am 0 Comments


 Well, I've returned from another fantastic trip to Brasil, this time mostly in Belo Horizonte where I spent several days at Bruno Souza's new coffee lab and teaching facility, "Academia do Cafe". This is a state of the art facility equipped with a San Franciscan sample roaster as well as a Probat L-15, He also is working with La Marzocco, Bunn brewers and grinders as well as demonstrating the many methods of extracting great brewed coffee.

The classes were taking both…


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At 4:07am 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( (
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)
At 7:56pm on November 12, 2009, Sarah said…
Thanks for the info! I'll definitely check out Caffe D'arte. It's too bad you don't have your shop anymore.
I have done a few cuppings, would love to do more.
I met Andrea a few years back, as I was working nearby at a cafe. He's really nice, and I love how passionate he is about coffee.
At 3:05pm on February 4, 2009, Chris Haines - Sunshine Dairy Foods said…
Good talking to you! Will stop by NPF soon.
At 6:45pm on December 5, 2008, Rich Abker said…
Love them Brazils,

Very recognizable after taste through back of the throat and nasal passage!
They can really be enhanced by certain mild beans in a blend.
At 11:26pm on November 25, 2008, Brian Conroy said…
Hi Steve, give me a call. Lets have coffee.
At 11:28am on November 5, 2008, Sarah Dooley said…
wow! Thanks for joining so fast, can't wait to see what you put up to view Steve.
At 9:20pm on September 18, 2008, Mike Cannon said…
It was a pleasure running into you at Coffeefest! One of my dearest friends has been making a habit out of visiting Spella Cafe; I couldn't tell you how jealous of her I've been! I'm going to make a special pilgrimage down to Portland to get a cup from you one of these upcoming Wednesdays, and I can hardly wait!
At 5:44am on August 19, 2008, MDU said…
At 5:16pm on May 28, 2008, comforteagle1965 said…
Darin @ 503-871-5282
At 5:15pm on May 28, 2008, comforteagle1965 said…
Hey Steve! yes, lost your phone number! Call me, let's meet down at the warehouse. :)

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