After almost 14 years in the Bay Area, my wife Mae and I decided it was time to move back east. I never thought we would do this! Never say never. We wanted to raise our kid in a place that we could afford to truly live in, with access to beautiful parks, amazing farms, rich history and a good education. Pennsylvania seemed like an obvious choice.
I was excited because there just isn’t that much good coffee outside of Philadelphia and this was an awesome opportunity to introduce some great people to quality specialty coffee right at home! The people out here are relaxed, kind, friendly and care about where food comes. We are living in an area where the local farm is an everyday thing. I don’t think quality coffee, thoughtfully sourced and roasted will be a stretch to understand out here. Lots of small businesses with focus on quality already exist, and I am really interested in what things will be like for Maquina Coffee once we start introducing the coffees we really dig to the public. I care immensely about what I do professionally with the craft of roasting, but I also deeply believe that people are what make everything possible. If I can connect people to each other through coffee, and have coffee drinkers be more aware of what they are drinking and how it got to them and why it’s so good (due to human intervention and processes) then I will have done my job. I’m excited to take the time to curate great coffees, roast them well and share them with those who value work, dedication and a delicious cup. I miss my west coast comrades a great deal, but I would never be in this place in my life had it not been for the last 14 years spent in the Bay Area, honing my craft and meeting wonderful people along the way.
Here’s to a new journey! Paso a paso. (One foot in front of the other.)