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Co-owner, Creative & Communications
Kelleigh's coffee story began when she and Brandon moved to an overgrown Hawaiian coffee farm and spent several years reviving the trees, to eventually found a boutique mill & roasterie, Big Island Coffee Roasters. Today she is as steeped in coffee as one could hope to be: harvesting, processing, roasting, cupping & writing on coffee. She believes great coffee begins not with special locations or exotic cultivars, but with attentive harvesting and processing. In other words, with the right care almost any coffee can become exceptional. When not coffee-ing she enjoys long distance hiking & hunting for mushrooms.
Co-owner, Business Development Director
Self-described "liaison between the plant world and human world", Brandon didn't think he was passionate about coffee until he found a great deal on a Hawaiian coffee farm on Craigslist in 2010. Since then, he's been deeply intrigued with the craft of producing memorable and enriching sensory experiences. When he's not farming, processing, roasting or cupping coffee, Brandon loves outdoor activities and pondering the next adventure with Kelleigh.
Co-owner, Coffee Quality Director
Miguel began his love affair with coffee more than 20 years ago at the age of 13. In 2002, along with his family, he founded Paradise Coffee Roasters. Since 2008, he has been living in Hawaii working with coffee at the farm level to better understand coffee quality and uses this experience to help growers around the world improve their coffee. In addition to coffee he is a lover of all food and drink, with a particular fondness of Japanese whiskeys, ceviche, sashimi, and all manner of noodle dishes. When he isn't working with coffee he can often be found hiking the endless trails of Volcanoes National Park with his wife Chizui.
Director of Wholesale and Customer Service
Andrew has been involved in coffee since 2007. After receiving his BS in Chemistry from Creighton University, his passion in coffee (and disdain for cold weather) lured him to Honolulu, where he worked in coffee research at the University of Hawaii. He returned to the Twin Cities in 2013, and has been involved in different corners of the coffee profession, including managing cafes, training, and consulting. When not drinking coffee, Andrew enjoys running marathons, traveling, and writing.
Samantha first took an interest in specialty coffee while living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She started working at a coffee shop in the Milwaukee Art Museum run by a local coffee roaster. As a barista, she learned a lot about the skill and care that goes into preparing coffee. That is what drove her love for the specialty coffee culture. She moved to Minneapolis in 2013 and went on to manage a local coffee shop for two years. In 2015 Samantha joined the Paradise Roasters team. In addition to Samantha’s passion for coffee, she is a runner, cyclist, and artist.
Back in 2004, Bree’s love for specialty coffee began as a barista at River Rock Coffee in St. Peter, MN. This sparked an eight and a half year career working in the coffee industry as a barista with the latter half of that time also spent as a part-time roaster. While she took a hiatus from the coffee industry for a bit, she never gave up her passion for coffee and was delighted to jump in again as part of the Paradise team in the fall of 2016.
Bree is also a visual artist and a part-time usher at the Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis. She spends her free time reading, watching movies, dancing, traveling, and agonizing over Minnesota professional sports teams.