MCP#008: Ant Walach
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.
MCP#007: Julia Lancer
ROASTER: Julia Lancer
YEARS ROASTING: 3 years
COMPANY: THE SPARROWS, GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN
“We were working a shift together and listening to Neurosis at a pretty reasonable volume, when a customer came up to the counter and was offended by the music and asked us to turn it down. Julia said to them, ‘Well, another customer just asked me if we could turn it up, so I guess I'd better leave it at this volume, huh?’ That pretty much sold me on Julia Lancer. Been friends ever since. We have like four buddy tattoos.” Lily Curtis-Harris, Merchandise Manager at Sweet Marias, Sales and Freight Logistics at Coffee Shrub, on a work memory with Julia.
MCP#006 Taylor Gresham
ROASTER NAME: Taylor Gresham
YEARS ROASTING: 3 years
COMPANY: Evocation Micro-Coffee Roastery, Amarillo, TX
a minimalist study of Taylor Gresham.
learns about coffee
creates aesthetic moments
wants to be remembered as kind
keeps a coffee journal
MCP#005: Jeremy Brooks
MCP#004: Cameron Heath
“Every summer, I rewatch Lost. It’s a terrible show but I still do it every year.” No reason, no explanation. This is a ritual Cameron Heath, our featured roaster for the month of June, engages in every year. Rewatching shows is probably a pastime many of us can harken back to—we at Matchbook are fans of watching the same episodes of Parks and Recreation over and over—and there’s definitely some parallels to roasting that weren’t lost on us. Repeating roast curves, pulling the trier out...
MCP #003: Sandra Elisa Loofbourow
MCP #002: Tony Querio
MCP #001: Jamie Smith
memories is cupping alongside her and a table of coffees she roasted, and after tasting one of the samples, she threw her spoon on the table and yelled, “NAILED IT!”