Who is this guy?

This is John. John’s a swell Hawaiian surfer who’s maybe a little overly concerned with coffee. He started with specialty coffee in Louisville, KY, where he cut his teeth on the art and business of making good coffee. John came to Houston – some might say he was recruited (or begged…)¬†– in 2013 to join the Blacksmith crew, bringing all his passion and expertise here.

Why the urgency? Why sell tickets for such a short time?

John recently competed in the Coffee Fest trade show competition in Atlanta, taking home prizes in latte art and espresso challenges. Coffee Fest is an international event, and the next show takes place in Tokyo, Japan. Doing these classes raises the funds to help send John to Tokyo.

In short, while the classes have been an idea brewing for some time, the competition in Tokyo spurred the action.