Hello! My name is Diana- occasionally referred to as @dianamakescoffee– and this is my blog about coffee in the Carolinas.

I take coffee pretty seriously. I am the Co-Creator and Director of Coffee at Undercurrent Coffee in Charlotte, North Carolina. I’m a Specialty Coffee Association Barista Level 1, Level 2, Specialized Instructor and Examiner-certified coffee professional. I’ve been a contributing writer for Barista Magazine since 2015, and I’ve worked with a number of companies throughout the Carolinas as a barista educator and coffee consultant. Some of my past clients and cohorts have included Pure Intentions Coffee, CoCo and the Director, Amelie’s French Bakery, Espresso Mechanics and Southend Grind CLT.

To put it simply: I love coffee and the people that make it!


Our little clan of coffee professionals here in the Carolinas is blossoming into something much bigger and better than anyone could have ever imagined a decade ago. In an effort to connect the numerous, diverse, talented individuals putting roots down in the specialty coffee industry in Charlotte, I created the Charlotte Coffee Collective in 2015.

In all that I do, I strive to help the local coffee community flourish. I want to give it room to geek out, learn and get weird. This is blog is going to be a safe place, a weird place, a sassy place and a sometimes-Diana-makes-dad-jokes place. I don’t apologize for the things that are bound to happen because this blog (and my brain) exists.


If you’re interested in contributing to the conversation with a post or if you have an idea on what I should write about next, give me a holler. If you’d like to chat about coffee, collaborate on coffee events, or receive a coffee consultation for your business, I’d be happy to talk shop.

My email is dianavmn@gmail.com and I look forward to growing with you!

In Coffee We Trust,


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