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Professional Coffee Experience


Writing & Editing


"When you love your job, you'll never work a day in your life." To that end, coffee isn't just my 9-to-5 pursuit, it is an integral part of my personality, my lifestyle, and my passion. I have more than 20 years of experience working in the specialty coffee industry at various levels along the supply chain, including retail café work, coffee training and education, wholesale account maintenance, green-coffee sales, and marketing. 

   Coffee. words. travel. wonder.
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To tell a good story requires not only skill as a writer, but also curiosity, humility, timeliness, and dedication. (A little politeness goes a long way, too.) As a writer and editor, I've contributed work about music, film, culture, food, travel, news, and, yes, even coffee to mainstream publications such as The Boston Globe,The Washington Post, Time Out NY, Rachael Ray Every Day, BUST Magazine,,, Forbes Online,, Chickpea Magazine,, Food & Wine's, Chowhound, Serious Eats, Slash/Food,, and Amplifier Magazine, among others. I was also a regular contributor and copy editor for the trade publication Barista Magazine for many years, and contribute to other trade publications such as the Specialty Coffee Association's 25, Fresh Cup, and Daily Coffee News.

Published Writing Samples

"What Does 'Ethical Coffee' Mean?" -, 2021 (link)

"What Does Fermentation Mean for Your Coffee?" - Trade Coffee, 2020 (link)

"What's the Difference Between Fair Trade, Organic, and Conventional Coffee?" - Chowhound, 2018 (link)

"Your Espresso Addiction Stems from an Ancient Ceremony" - Chowhound, 2018 (link)

"How to Make Latte Art at Home for Mom" - OXO Good Tips blog, 2018 (link)

"OXO February Challenge: Overcoming the Fear of the Pourover" - OXO Good Tips blog, 2018 (link)

"What's the Difference Between Coffee and Espresso?" - Chowhound, 2017 (link)

"The Hidden Costs of Coffee" - Serious Eats, 2013 (link)

"In Italy, a Spiritual Search for the Essence of Espresso" -  The Washington Post, 2012 (link)