Marcus is Head of Brand and Marketing at Espresso Supply and Bonavita. Before this, he was VP of Retail with Kaldi’s Coffee in Saint Louis, as well as Director of Community Development with the Specialty Coffee Association of America, producing programs such as The United States Barista Championship, The USBC Brewers Cup, The Barista Guild of America Barista Camp and The World Barista Championship. Marcus is a diehard Cubs fan, Kangoo Fitness Instructor, has exactly one too many adopted animals with his husband, Tony, and prefers to brew one cup at a time.
Holly is co-owner of Roast Ratings with long time friend and 2013 World Barista Champ Pete Licata. She also serves as a consultant at Kansas City-based Licata Coffee Consultants, traveling the world for coffee. In her spare time she makes the most of opportunities to pick the brains of professional and consumer alike through her work at local KC coffee pro-shop, About The Coffee. She has a turtle, Cecil, and a cat named "Miss Kitty."
Nick Kohout is a sales manager for acaia and a Chicago native. Nick has nine years of experience in the coffee industry ranging from line barista to shop manager to his current role. His goal in all his work is to make delicious coffee simple and approachable.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.