Doug Zell’s involvement with coffee began in the early 1990’s. He had moved to California to begin a new business venture that ultimately failed and landed him in San Francisco where he drank his first cup of real Specialty Coffee at the now defunct Spinelli Coffee. It was love at first taste.
After stints at Peet’s Coffee and Spinelli Coffee working in various capacities from barista to management, Doug packed all of his worldly possessions into an old truck and left San Francisco, on April Fool’s Day 1995, bound for Chicago and parts unknown.
After devising a business plan in his parent’s basement, Doug emerged to found Intelligentsia Coffee in Chicago’s Lakeview East neighborhood on October 9th, 1995. He has held every position in the company from coffee buyer, to roaster, barista, delivery driver, bill collector, art director, floor sweeper and everything in between. Currently, he serves as Intelligentsia’s CO-CEO. Today Intelligentsia is a coffee company with 8 coffee bars and 3 roasting facilities.
At Nordic Barista Cup 2012 Doug Zell will talk about “Coffee bars and the evolution of hospitality”.
Peter Kimata, a qualified agronomist, is responsible for overseeing dry milling at Central Kenya Coffee Mills (sister company to CMS). Over 30% of Kenya’s coffee is annually milled at this facility, which serves over 200,000 farmers – in which Peter works closely with.
Originally Peter started studying Agricultural Engineering in 1992. And from 2001-2006 he worked as Agronomist at the Large Scale Coffee Estates. From 2007-2009 he was Senior Agronomist with CMS in Dorman Group. Peter is involved in Sustainable coffee production projects leading to Utz, FLO, RA and 4C certifications. He is also a Lead Auditor on Environmental Management.
At Nordic Barista Cup 2012 Peter Kimata will host a lecture and cupping about “Agronomy of Kenyan Coffee”.
The man responsible for the creative direction, and flawless execution at Noma, widely regarded as the best restaurant in the world, we are delighted to have chef Rene Redzepi come and speak to us this year.
With a career that has seen him spend time in the kitchens of French Laundry, El Bulli and Pierre Andre before opening Noma in 2004, Rene brings to us a wealth of taste and ingredient exploration, and has promised to conclude his talk by making a pledge to us all.
Having cooked for the Nordic Barista Cup banquet in 2006, engaging in a boisterous shouting competition with NBC attendees in 2011, and being a friend of the NBC for many years, we’re delighted that René has taken us up on our offer that he come and speak.
This is the first in a series of instructional videos to enable everyone to prepare excellent coffee in their own home. In this video we feature the Chemex Brewer and the music of Mucca Pazza (mucca-pazza.org). Enjoy, and happy brewing.