Hello. My name is Ryan, and I am a coffee professional living in Seattle, Washington. I’ve been part of the specialty coffee industry since 2005, when I started at a cafe called Lava Java. Since then, I’ve made coffee in Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Portland, OR, and Seattle.
I’ve had the privilege of competing in several barista competitions. I competed in the 2009 United States Barista Championship, where I was honored to be a finalist and finished 4th. In 2010, I took second place in the Western Regional Barista Competition. Then, in 2011, I took second in the Northwest Regional Barista Competition. I look forward to future involvement in barista competitons.
When I’m not obsessing over coffee you can find me making some music, brewing beer, cooking, or geeking out on some new piece of technology. I also love to travel and you’ll probably hear quite a bit about my travels on this blog.
I need to make it clear, the thoughts and opinions stated on this blog are my own. They are not necessarily the thoughts or opinions of anyone I work for. At the same time, I love to hear other peoples thoughts and opinions, so feel free to comment on any of the posts, as discussion is encouraged.