Hello stranger-but-soon-to-be-friend,

My name is Diana Mnatsakanyan-Sapp, (occasionally referred to as @dianamakescoffee) and this is my blog about life as a coffee-slinging person living in the Carolinas. I’m happy you’ve made it here!

In my opinion, coffee people truly are some of the best people on the planet. Working in coffee has improved the quality of my life tremendously, and opened doors I could have never imagined possible. I’m at my happiest when I’m serving people who serve coffee, and I’ve dedicated my career towards empowering and uplifting the Southeastern coffee community in which I live and work.

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I’m a pretty big coffee nerd.

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.

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There’s a lot to explore here…

The “Blog” tab (located on the top of this page) will take you to a page full of coffee news, blog posts that I and several of my beloved contributing guest writers have created, and an archive of articles I’ve published with Barista Magazine. We cover everything from home brewing basics, to cafe build-outs, to not having a meltdown during a shift over spilled cold brew.

The “Media” page is a nifty spot where you can learn more about some of the public work that I’ve accomplished, from organizing coffee communities to throwing festivals to opening cafes.

If you’re interested in getting geeky with coffee, I recommend looking through the “Resources” page for links to books, blogs and podcasts I love to stay abreast with the world of specialty coffee. If you ever have any suggestions for resources I can add to that page, please let me know! I’m always looking to learn more.

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I want to connect with other coffee nerds!

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 as well. My email is dianavmn@gmail.com.

I look forward to growing with you!

In Coffee We Trust,