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Josef Mott

Josef has worked with coffee for close to ten years, holding various roles along the way. A barista and roaster, he is also certified as an Authorised Specialty Coffee Association Trainer.

His coffee journey started in London but it was working as a barista in Melbourne where his coffee career really started to take off. The jump in quality and professionalism he experienced when working in the heart of Australia’s culinary scene took his appreciation for food and drink to a whole new level.

After Melbourne, Josef worked in Berlin for one of the most established, single-origin focused coffee roasters in Europe (if not the world). Here he gained experience roasting at a much higher level, as well as moving into the specialist position of ‘Head trainer’ for the company.

He has since moved into the educational side of coffee, sharing his knowledge and personal experiences to help those just entering the industry, or with enthusiastic home brewers who want some assistance in getting the most out of their beans.

Josef has been fascinated to see the way the world of coffee has changed drastically in such a small space of time. With so many people now working from home, he has seen a huge increase in the investment people are making into their home brewing setups.

He has recently pieced together a full home setup for himself, including a roaster, espresso machine and several filter brewing devices, and is now focused on using his professional experience to help coffee lovers brew coffee that can reach the quality levels they were used to getting from their neighbourhood cafe.

Kayla Riportella

Kayla is a teacher, writer, and coffee enthusiast. From an early age, she has been fascinated by the cafe scene and has spent countless hours appreciating the unique environment each shop has been able to create. More than just the ambience, Kayla was drawn to the artistry behind coffee brewing. Exploring different grinders, brewing devices, and coffee roasts have become Kayla’s primary hobby.

When she isn’t writing or teaching, Kayla spends her time exploring roasters and coffee shops throughout the United States, experimenting with different brew methods, and improving her home brewing skills. Her lifetime goal is to visit and explore coffee shops in all 50 states.

Kayla’s current home setup consists of a De’Longhi All-in-one combination maker and a Baratza Encore coffee grinder. She loves the versatility of both grinder and coffee machine, as well as the freedom to make drip-coffee or espresso as needed. Outside of electric brewing devices, Kayla is particularly obsessed with her Aeropress.

Kayla enjoys experimenting with all coffee varieties but prefers rich, full-bodied flavour notes in her coffee cup. Her favourite varieties include any form of single-origin, medium and dark roasts.

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