A smattering of our precious crew here at Ozo Coffee. Follow us on Instagram to see new employee profiles as they are posted!
The founding fathers of Ozo Coffee Company. NolanDutton, Director of Coffee and Justin Hartman, President and Founder (pictured left).
"I came across the specialty coffee industry on accident. I started working with coffee while working as a barista at The Walnut Cafe (both in Lafayette and Boulder). This sparked my interest in coffee - I loved the creative aspect to making drinks, I loved the formula, the rhythm. Ozo Coffee was always on my radar because my sister was one of their first employees and everyone there had always felt like part of the family. The people and community that thrive around Ozo and the specialty coffee industry has kept me close for three years now."
"There are so many coffees that I love, it's hard to choose just one. I love our Guatemala when it is in season, Mexico and Ethipia Dry Process. Right now I'm hooked on our Peru Aprocassi as espresso, pour over and drip - you just cannot go wrong with this coffee."
What's up Kenny Meier?! A cherished member of the Ozo family, Kenny has worked at Ozo since he moved to Boulder in 2013. Kenny is originally from Palm Desert, California and said he moved to Boulder to "escape the heat". What he found was a fantastic career in coffee. Kenny said he likes working in specialty coffee because of all the people he gets to meet on daily basis and the fast-paced work atmosphere.
Kenny is also a musician, playing trombone, piano and guitar. Kenny also writes his own film reviews. His favorite Ozo Coffee is the Mocha Java. Give Kenny a high five the next time you see him rocking behind the counter at Ozo!
"My love for coffee started when I was very young. I remember taking sips off my parent's cups in the morning without them knowing. I wanted to be more 'grown up' when I was little and I guess I felt coffee was the gateway to making me feel 'mature' (oh how times have changed haha) from then I have always had an infatuation with the flavor of coffee and the coffee shop environment—the creative energy, the community, the smell, the all around uplifting atmosphere—and it still inspires me today."
Adam Westlake has been working at Ozo since 2011 and loves being a part of the speciality coffee community. He joined Ozo at the SCAA Expo in Seattle this past April. His favorite Ozo Coffee is "anything African" brewed as a five ounce americano.
In his free time Adam enjoys rock climbing, yoga, cycling, disc golf and romping with his kelpie mutt. His son Lincoln was born in late 2015! Be sure to congratulate Adam the next time you see him behind the bar!
Say hello to Sierra, a member of the Ozo family for 6 months! Sierra started working in specialty coffee on a whim and has now been in the industry for three years. Her favorite Ozo Coffee is the El Salvador and she also enjoys cooking, gaming, and hiking!
Alden Groves has been a barista at Ozo Coffee since 2014. Alden was born in Colorado and grew up in Boulder. He has been a musician since elementary school and now produces his own alternative electronic cross over jams under the name Evoke. Alden recently headlined a New Years Eve concert in Alberta, Canada and will be playing several gigs along the Front Range this upcoming year.
His favorite Ozo Coffee is presently the Nicaragua Un Regalo De Dios. Alden's favorite brewing technique is pulling espresso "because you can control every element." Check out Alden's music on Soundcloud and be sure to say "hello" the next time you see Alden behind the bar!
"As time went on I realized that coffee was more than just a job. It brings people together, allows us to interact with the community and we get jacked along the way. I also like how weird everyone is and how I can bring that weirdness out of customers when talking to them."
"I like hanging out with pals, petting dogs whenever I see one, eating pie, looking at the stars, driving up the mountains, climbing, music. All in all like all the things."
Eli Kalen has been a barista at Ozo Coffee since 2009! Eli came to Boulder looking to be a part of the specialty coffee industry. It's the science of coffee that appeals to Eli. "It's always changing," Eli said discussing the hydroscopic nature of coffee. This February, Eli has been asked to serve coffee at a TED Talk in Canada.
His favorite Ozo Coffee is presently the Nicaragua Un Regalo De Dios. When he's not serving coffee, Eli can be found spending time with his wife and nine year old daughter, rollerskating, or playing basketball! Be sure to say, "Hello" to Eli the next time he's preparing your beverage!
"I'll drink the 8th Wonder, Mexico or any dry-process Ethiopia in a single shot house special- any day of the week!! Cholaca with coconut milk is also my jam."
"(When I'm not at work I'm) volunteering with Intercambio teaching English and at SPAN- a domestic violence shelter. Spending quality time with my favorite peeps I would be happy to anything with them! Salsa dancing and have recently picked up playing the washboard (bluegrass style)."
"I'm a passionate cook, and so anything that tastes great and is prepared with love is super appealing to me. The way Ozo made coffee totally blew my mind and I was hooked. I love how coffee can bring people together. Ever since coffee first was cultivated and traded all over the world, coffee houses have been places of community, where ideas could be shared. I love the relationships that I've gained through my work at Ozo, people who've been there through all of life's ups and downs. I appreciate how the responsible consumption of coffee and ethical industry practices can have a good impact on the lives of those in producing countries. At every level, coffee can make community better, and that's work worth doing."
Wes Fowler came to Boulder in 2013 to pursue a passion for climbing. Currently Wes is in the process of obtaining teaching certification through the American Mountain Guide Association.
Being in Boulder has allowed him to delve into ice and alpine climbing and this winter is his first season on skis. His favorite Ozo Coffee is the Organic Honduras Las Capucas Pedro Romero. Be sure to say 'Hey!' to Wes the next time you see him behind the bar!
Max Maybrier has been an Ozo barista since 2012! Max is originally from Kansas City, Missouri and came to Boulder for the speciality coffee industry and the mountains. His sister was a roaster for Ozo Coffee when he moved to the area and he jumped right into a position in the front of the house. Max likes the social aspects of the coffee industry and the ambiance of cafe culture.
Presently his favorite Ozo Coffee is the new Brazil Santa Ina because of it's complexity and balanced flavor. Back in Kansas City Max studied studio art with an emphasis on painting and mixed media. When he's not at Ozo Max enjoys playing volleyball, hiking, and drawing. Ask Max about his latest creative endeavors the next time you see him behind the bar!
"I was transitioning out of my past career and looking for something social, lighthearted and upbeat. I have always been drawn towards coffee shops as a place to work, meet friends, or read a good book so I figured I would try working at one. It sure helps that I really, really love taking the time to prepare coffee, drinking coffee and anticipating drinking coffee."
"I really love to travel and explore new wild places. I love to move and be outside. Spending time with friends and reading a good book are also high up on my list."
Mike Garavel has been an Ozo barista since 2014. Mike moved to Boulder to finish his music degree at CU. He plays jazz trumpet and piano. Presently, Mike produces music at home and performs weekly with a jazz quartet. Mike was drawn to the specialty coffee industry because its many intellectual nuances.
His favorite Ozo Coffee is the Colombia Nariño. This summer Mike and his girlfriend will be spending two months traveling and working in Italy. Before he leaves, Mike is looking forward to hiking some of his favorite trails in Boulder and Rocky Mountain National Park. Ask Mike about his latest adventure the next time you see him behind the bar at Ozo!
"My coffee obsession started in high school, when one of my favorite teachers started "coffee club," brewed a pot of coffee in her room every morning, and let us seniors caffeinate for the low cost of a dollar per month. I like to think I've expanded my coffee knowledge and taste since then, mainly due to my time at Ozo. While learning all the technical nuances and different processes involved in the coffee world is awesome, I especially love witnessing the ways that coffee forges new connections between people and creates an amazing community!"
Who's that in the cool hat? Luke Cipolle, a member of the Ozo family since his arrival in Boulder in 2015. Luke was looking for opportunities in the specialty coffee industry and appreciated the attention to detail found among the crew at Ozo Coffee. "I just really like coffee a lot!" Luke said. His favorite Ozo coffee is the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Luke also enjoys playing the trumpet and hiking in the mountains. You can find him on bar at Pearl Street three days a week! Give Luke a shout out the next time you see him behind the bar!
"I used to work as a contractor for the Federal Government in Washington DC. I was a Junior Project Manager and a Technical Writer with a disposable income and all the stress of a young Washington professional. I came to Colorado and quickly realized that I would rather do something that makes a tangible, measurable difference in people's days. For me, coffee was the answer. I love serving coffee and feel I contribute more to my community and world now than I ever did working around the government."
“I started working at my mom's shop in high school and slowly started to appreciate the flavor of coffee after realizing six pumps of chocolate and peppermint syrup was not exactly sustainable. I moved to Boulder and found Ozo, tried the infamous house special, and was hooked ever since.”
Ozo Longmont regulars will recognize this luminescent smile! Ben Gaude has been a staple member of the Ozo family since summer of 2016. Originally from New Orleans Ben grew up drinking coffee and chicory. “I was about 20 years old when I tasted my first shot of espresso and it changed my life,” Ben said.
Meet Nyal Ruehlen, a new member of the Ozo family! Nyal joined our team about three months ago. Originally from Kansas, Nyal joined his brother in Boulder, Colorado about two years ago. Being a daily coffee drinker Nyal knew he was comfortable in the coffee shop atmosphere and set out the get a job in specialty coffee, thus his arrival at Ozo! Presently his favorite Ozo Coffee is the Ethiopia Dry Process. Nyal is also the proud owner of a cassette tape label company and a talented musical producer. He presently helps produce music for the plays at CU Boulder and hopes to someday produce for film. Ask Nyal about his latest musical venture the next time you see him behind the bar at Ozo Coffee!