Claudia Barrett – Founder, Q Grader, SCAA Certified Instructor
A self proclaimed coffee and baseball geek, Claudia lives in Bedford, NH with her husband Jim, and, two children. A native New Englander, Claudia rode out the coffee wave in the 1990′s in Washington DC where she managed and helped launch a national coffee chain on the East Coast, as well as, managed coffee quality and customer happiness for a local favorite coffee roastery. Her roasting apprenticeship was done at a small whole sale company called “The Daily Roast”. In April of 2013 she 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 to earn their certification, comprising of 22 sections on coffee related subjects, such as green grading, roast identification, coffee cupping, sensory skills and sensory triangulation. There are currently only 2,500 Licensed Q Graders worldwide; roughly only 300 in the United States. She is also an instructor for the Specialty Coffee Association of America.
Claudia holds her degree in English from William Smith College. She believes her liberal arts education was the greatest gift toward her personal growth. An avid hiker and supporter of the Appalachian Mountain Club, Claudia is working on red lining the White Mountains and has climbed all 48 peaks in the White Mountains. The last fact you might need to know is, three rescue dogs round out her pack.
James BIG GAME Delay – Head Roaster- Keeper of the Flame
James has lofty goals to be an accomplished singer/songwriter, to own a coffee farm, and to design well coveted coffee tables. He plans to learn to play the Erhu, ascend a peak in the Himalayan Mountains, and master making venison jerky. But if none of that works out, he is happy to pursue whatever life throws his way.
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 his 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 about accounting issues and roaster repair. Claudia is thinking about nominating him for Most Supportive Husband EVER but then she falls on the ground laughing
Senior roasting plant dog in charge of all things olfactory and also works as Chief of Security protecting us from his number one nemesis, the UPS man. Grover loves long walks on the beach and as boss as he is with all the other dogs he is very much afraid of the evil coffee grinder. But that’s ok. He brings a whole lot of cuteness into the roasting plant. That Grover? Total keeper.