Ken’s coffee journey began in 1998 as Scott Rao’s head roaster and lead barista. Since then he has kept busy owning and operating multiple businesses in the coffee space. Ken thrives on witnessing that “aha” moment, when people realize how amazing coffee can be. He's also quite proud that one of his youngest daughter's first words was "barista.”
After several years of experimenting with different brew methods, Pat founded Western Woods Coffee, with a mission to bring premium coffee to farmers markets and special events. Three years, thousands of cups, and a Q Grader certification later, he has become a true ambassador of excellent coffee.
Ella is a taskmaster whose hobbies include setting bars wicked high, whipping Ken and Pat into shape, and eating nails for breakfast. She’s trilingual (English, Spanish and German), has a BFA from Sarah Lawrence College, and when she’s not working with us, has been known to serve on the boards of non-profits, work with the EPA, run a CSA, and work on documentary films. She is committed to quality in everything she does and in general, runs a tight ship.
Gabe graduated top of his class from the Electrical and Computer Engineering program at Umass Amherst in 2008. Since then he has specialized in developing websites for mission-driven, socially, and environmentally responsible companies. His resume includes developer at CSRwire.com, lead developer at CitySprout, competitive ballroom dancer, soccer player, and lover of burgers.