Skip Finley

Skip Finley, Technical Director/Partner Dalla Corte Espresso Coffee Systems N.A. | Skip brings over a decade of experience and support to the specialty coffee & tea beverage retailer. His knowledge of the brewing and extraction process, and technical expertise in water "formulation" systems, has contributed to the success of hundreds of establishments in our industry.

Skip started his career in the specialty coffee industry at Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf in 1996 as the Lead Service Technician and Brewing Equipment Specialist, with involvement in research and development. During his time at Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, he was part of the team that took the store count from 20 to over 200. In 2002, Skip left Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf to take a position at Cirqua as National Service Director. Promoted to Technical Director in 2006, his duties included teaching and training in the specifics of extraction in regards to water chemistry and coffee/tea worldwide. In 2012, he joined Dalla Corte Espresso Coffee Systems N.A. as the Technical Director and Partner.

Skip has been a leading educator in water quality for the SCAA for over 10 years. He is now Chair of the Standards Committee, where he has served for the SCAA for the past 9 years, a member of the NCA Education Committee and has sat on the Advisory Board for World Tea Expo. He also works closely with the Tea Association of America and is on the Board of Directors for the Specialty Tea Institute. Skip is a past Member of the SCAA Brew Crew and is a frequent content contributor for SCAA brewing courses. He has been involved with the United States Barista Championship, World Barista Championship and the Roasters Guild in various aspects over the years. Skip is also a SCAA Certified Lead Instructor (IDP), as well as a frequent speaker at various industry events.