NAME: Christina Snyder
YEARS ROASTING: 2 Years
COMPANY: Deeper Roots Coffee, Cincinnati, Ohio
How was your 2017? Awful? Yeah, awful.
Christina Snyder, roaster at Deeper Roots Coffee in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Matchbook’s February featured roaster, agrees with you. But here we are, in 2018, and Christina is feeling hopeful. “If I’m sending any sort of message, I want it to be optimistic. You still have the ability to surprise yourself.”
ROASTER: Christopher Schooley
YEARS ROASTING: 16 years roasting, 21 years in Coffee
COMPANY: Troubadour Maltings, Fort Collins, CO
“Surrealism is a snake in the grass”
Suitably, I've never been able to find the quote again since I first saw it. It was in a book that I was thinking about purchasing for my brother for Christmas which was a collection of publications from Breton and the original Surrealists. I can't even remember the name of book store. It was in Chicago, north on Broadway near Irving Park. An enormous garden level apartment converted for retail with unsorted random stacks of books.
ROASTER: Mandy Spirito
YEARS ROASTING: 5 years
COMPANY: Halfwit Coffee Roasters, Chicago IL
I met Mandy at a bar in 2015 and I knew we’d be best friends. Not become best friends—be best friends. Immediately.
ROASTER: Janine Cundy
YEARS ROASTING: 3 years
COMPANY: Joe Bean, Rochester NY
When we first reached out to Janine Cundy of Joe Bean Roasters in Rochester, New
York, we were a little unsure of what to do. She’s our November featured roaster,
and we did what we usually do—we sent her an email and asked her to share her
story. As we read her response back, we felt…speechless. Perhaps even a little
overwhelmed. We read her story, her recounting of her life and how she got into
coffee and roasting, and it felt like we were reading a Choose Your Own Adventure
story. It’s dynamic, it takes twists and turns, and yet feels uniquely like every choice
she made led her to this moment, this career, this expression of her talent and
interests. There is simply no other way Janine’s story could have gone.
ROASTER: Ant Walach
YEARS ROASTING: 5 years
COMPANY: Snowdrift Coffee & workspace, Roscoe, IL
Snowdrift Coffee is a new project and micro-roastery launched by Ant and his partner, Rita Kaminsky. These two are powerhouses in the coffee world, and you've probably seen them judging or running a barista or brewers cup competition in the past. With Snowdrift, Ant hopes to empower the coffee community and make roasting accessible for groups traditionally left out of the roasting world: namely, women and members of the LGBTQ community. Ant plans on doing this through offering free weekend classes to interested students, including a free place to stay.