Some of the coffee world’s top experts share their knowledge and skills.

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Christian Ott

Christian is Director of Coffee with Stone Creek Coffee. An academic and opera singer by training, his passion for coffee took hold when he took a job as a barista to help pay for graduate school. Christian will be teaching his very popular Science of Coffee class at CoffeeCon.

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Justin Doggett

Justin Doggett is the staff trainer at Metropolis Coffee Company. He began his career in specialty coffee at Hyde Park's Istria Cafe and then left Istria for Next Restaurant. During his time at Next, Justin began to experiment with Kyoto Style coffee at home and began directing Next's coffee program. As the trainer at Metropolis he has spent two years perfecting Kyoto style brew alongside his home setup.


Turgay Yildizli

Istanbul-native Turgay Yildizli is the founder of specialtyturkishcoffee.com. His mission is to improve the standards of Turkish Coffee and raise it up to the place it deserves in the specialty coffee community. He was the 2013 World Cezve/Ibrik (Turkish Coffee) Champion, he also represented Turkey in previous years in the Brewers Cup and Coffee in Good Spirits Championship.

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Claire Ashley

Hailing from France, Claire works in product development for OXO, a leading housewares company. She leads the company’s new line of small appliances, OXO On; among them are two coffee makers and a coffee grinder with an integrated scale. Claire is very excited to bring OXO’s innovation and thoughtfulness to the coffee category.

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Jim Schulman

Jim Schulman is a scholar and Sherlock Holmes-level amateur espresso and water expert, based online at coffeecuppers.com. Jim will be demonstrating his home espresso techniques at our Home Espresso classes. He will also be presenting his definitive water class.

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Kenneth Davids

Kenneth Davids has written three books on coffee and in 1996 he was awarded the “Special Achievement Award for Outstanding Contributions to Coffee Literature” by the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA). His site CoffeeReview.com has become arguably the single most influential rating guide for consumers. He will be presenting the Kenneth Davids Tasting Seminar at CoffeeCon Chicago 2015.

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Kevin Sinnott

Kevin Sinnott is best-selling coffee author and blogger at coffeecompanion.com. He became known after publishing objective coffee brewer reviews, realizing brewers are the hardware to coffee beans’ software. He is CoffeeCon’s creator and host and co-presenter of Creating a Home Brewing Coffee Experience workshop.