Name: Michael Kearby
Title: Roasting Manager
Company: Intelligentsia Coffee Chicago
How long have you been volunteering for the SCAA?
What was the first SCAA Event you volunteered for and what were your duties?
I volunteered in 2009 as a Roasting Lab Station Lead.
What is your current volunteer role and what are your other duties in Portland 2012?
I will be the Lead Instructor for Introduction to Roasting Concepts (RP112).
Describe your most memorable volunteering experience so far?
Each year I volunteer I am blessed by all the wonderful people I get to meet. Being able to share my knowledge with others in the coffee community is one of the most rewarding aspects of my job. I remember my first year as a lead instructor. I was nervous. I felt like I struggled to get through my presentation. So many blank faces and random questions had thrown me for a loop. However, after the class I received tons of wonderful feedback. The people in attendance were so gracious and reassuring that it made me feel so good inside and I knew that I had to continue to volunteer and do my part in the community.
How has volunteering for the SCAA influenced your coffee career?
It has made me a better coffee person.