Steven Lee began his coffee career in 1996 as a barista at Peet’s Coffee in the San Francisco Bay Area. After spending a number of years in the Training & Education Department of Peet’s, he moved on to help open the Roasting and QC Department at Intelligentsia Coffee’s Los Angeles Roasting Works, where he developed his love for the craft of roasting. Since then he has worked on a number of consultancy projects, and has served as a judge for international coffee competitions. He last held the position of Director of Coffee Quality and Education at Groundwork Coffee in Los Angeles where he spent his days cupping coffee, building relationships with importers and growers, writing educational programs, and figuring out better ways to make coffee brown. Steve is currently fulfilling his second term for the Roasters Guild Executive Council where he had served as the Vice Chair to the Education Committee and is currently in role as Vice Chair to the Events Committee, focusing on creating content for the RG Origin Trips. Steven is a Certificate Holding Lead Instructor for the SCAA, which allows him the opportunity to teach, help others, and have meaningful conversations about coffee; something he actually enjoys.
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