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2. are you associated (now or in the past) with any coffee company? please provide name and website for any coffee company you own or work for. (if it is not already in your profile) or any coffee website that you operate.
I am in the process of opening a coffee bar (retailer only, not roasting) with my husband here in Chicago, though we're still got a ways to go (no location even yet). Though we don't have a background in coffee, we're learning (and I'm sure will continue to learn) as much as we can and truly driving for "quality in the cup"... think more Intelligentsia than Starbucks, though of course with our own style. Our background is actually in design (products and information graphics mostly) and we've operated our own design partnership for the past couple years.
We've tried to immerse ourselves in the coffee community (great lakes 'barista jam', a trip to Seattle for the shop visits/CoffeeFest/NWRBC, plus all the magazines, books, online forums, dvd's, SCAA seminar mp3's, portafilter and coffee geek podcasts, etc. that anyone could take). And of course we're learning about coffee and trying to train our palates through cupping, tastings and home experiments, though it's definitely intimidating at times.
I did work as a "barista"/PBTC at a La Marzocco outfitted 'big chain' for a while (not to learn about coffee quality, but to learn about the operations, setup, processes and financials mostly). Though I might have learned more about coffee quality working at a local shop (there are a couple good ones), it didn't seem ethical to do that.
3. if you do not work in the coffee industry or have a website, please briefly explain your background / interest in coffee, and how you see yourself participating in the coffeed.com forums.
i think you get the idea from the above, but basically, if i'm going to learn about the intricacies of coffee and how to do it right, you guys seem to know your shit and have a ton of (thankfully, supported) opinions. and you never know, i'd like to think i might grow into a knowledgeable contributor to the community myself.
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