In 2015, after working in Charlotte-area cafes for five years, I merged my passion for specialty coffee and my love for coffee workers by founding the Charlotte Coffee Collective, a barista-centric organization that hosts events to connect coffee people in and around the city of Charlotte. It was also around this time that I began side-hustling as an independent coffee consultant, working alongside budding coffee businesses such as Southend Grind and CoCo and the Director to train their employees, source equipment, lay out their cafes, and generally guide them towards success.
In 2017, I took the relationships I formed from those ventures and merged them with my experience serving on the Events Committee of the Barista Guild of America to co-found Charlotte’s first and only specialty coffee festival, POUR, with my pal Matt Dudley. Amidst all this, I was working as a one of the founding members behind Undercurrent Coffee, a cafe and Specialty Coffee Association-certified coffee education center. I’m currently still working there, as Undercurrent’s Director of Coffee & Education.