About Us

Dedicated to the success and growth of the specialty coffee industry.

Founded in 2004 by Connie Blumhardt, Roast is an award-winning technical trade magazine. With readership from roasters to retailers to all coffee professionals, Roast provides high-quality editorial and technical education, addressing the art, science and business of coffee.

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Connie Blumhardt

Connie Blumhardt has spent 25 years in magazine publishing and has worked in the coffee industry for the last 20 years. She brings the same passion and commitment to this industry journal that is present within the roasting community.

Lily Kubota
Editor and Content Director

Lily Kubota has been immersed in content development and communications within the coffee industry for nearly 15 years. Through print and online mediums, she works to bring coffee industry professionals the latest industry research, insights, perspectives and news.

Jeremy Leff
Art Director and Webmaster

Jeremy Leff brings over 30 years of design and computer experience to the magazine. He has been designing the pages of Roast since it was founded in 2004. Jeremy has a fresh and creative edge that keeps Roast looking classic and clean.

Claire Harriman
Business Development Director

Claire Harriman has over 20 years of experience in marketing, public relations and sales across print and digital channels. Claire manages advertising sales and new business opportunities for Roast and Daily Coffee News with a focus on building successful partnerships in the coffee industry.

Beth Winburne
Circulation Manager

Beth Winburne has been with Roast since 2005. With extensive customer service experience, she is committed to serving Roast readers, developing easier ways to subscribe and growing circulation numbers.

Emily Puro
Copy Editor

Emily Puro has more than 15 years of experience as a journalist and editor. She is passionate about great writing and research, and she's committed to maintaining the standard of excellence readers have come to expect in the pages of Roast.

Nick Brown
Editor, Daily Coffee News

Nick Brown has spent his career as a full-time reporter and editor, from hard news to monthly magazines. His editorial work has earned individual and group awards from associations including the New England Newspaper & Press Association, the American Society of Business Publication Editors and the Western Publishing Association.

Howard Bryman
Associate Editor, Daily Coffee News

Howard Bryman enjoys scrutinizing coffee almost as much as drinking it. With roots in journalism and publishing sustained for years by work as a barista, trainer and manager, his experiences as a roaster's apprentice, origin tourist and equipment tinkerer were accrued more or less for fun. Writing and coffee for him fit together like a tamper in a portafilter.


Phil Beattie, Dillanos Coffee
Anne Cooper, Equilibrium Master Roasters
Darrin Daniel, Alliance for Coffee Excellence
Mike Ebert, Firedancer Coffee Consultants
Karen Gordon, Coffee Holding Company
Cameron Heath, Counter Culture Coffee
Rob Hoos, Nossa Familia Coffee
Sevan Istanboulian, Cafe Mystique Coffee Inc.
Candice Madison, Kandake
Scott Merle, Hacienda La Minita
David Pohl, Pohl Coffee Consulting
Joseph A. Rivera, Coffeechemistry.com
Donald N. Schoenholt, Gillies Coffee
Spencer Turer, Coffee Enterprises
Geoff Watts, Independent

Editorial Advisory Board