Claudia Barrett
Founder | 2013 Q Grader | SCAA Certified Instructor
     Self proclaimed coffee and baseball geek, Claudia lives in Bedford, NH with her husband, Jim, and their two children. A native New Englander, Claudia rode out the coffee wave of the 1990s in Washington D.C. where she managed and helped launch a national coffee chain on the East Coast. Around the same time, she managed coffee quality and customer happiness for a local favorite roastery. Claudia’s roasting apprenticeship was done at a small wholesale company: “The Daily Roast."
     In April 2013, Claudia became a Licensed Q Grader.  Licensed Q Graders are professional cuppers accredited by the Coffee Quality Institute.  Q Graders must pass a rigorous three-day exam comprising of 22 sections on coffee related subjects including green grading, roast identification, coffee cupping, and sensory skills.

     Holding a degree in English from William Smith College, Claudia believes her liberal arts education was the greatest gift towards her personal growth. An avid hiker and supporter of the Appalachian Mountain Club, she’s also working on red lining the White Mountains, having already climbed all 48 peaks.


Jacob Ryder

Jacob fell into the world of specialty coffee during a stint as a barista. After some time out of the industry, he returned, reinvigorated, to pursue coffee in a new way: roasting! Always a student, Jacob never stops searching for ways to make coffee better. He’s inclined towards the sciences and strives to apply all he’s learned – and all he will learn – to create consistently fantastic coffee. The first person to call when the digital world comes crashing down, Jacob is also a computer geek who loves applying his tech skills to the roasting process.

Soon be taking the Q Exam, Jacob is excited to grow within the specialty coffee community.

Sarah Bader

Sarah joined Flight as a Barista in our Flagship Cafe in 2021.  In the fall of 2022, she joined the Wholesale Team as a roaster trainee and quickly picked up the finer points of coffee roasting.  Under the tutelage of Claudia and Jake, Sarah continues to refine her craft.


Tyler Soucie

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Layth Juma

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James N. Barrett III
Bean Counter | CEO (and tea drinker of all things…)
     Jim holds several degrees in all sorts of stuff but we rely on his Accounting Degree and MBA the most.  Jim traveled extensively in far away coffee lands, fighting evil monkeys with his whip until one day he realized how much fun it would be to get tasked non-stop with accounting issues and roaster repair.
     Claudia is considering nominating him for Most Supportive Husband ever but then she falls on the ground laughing.