FOUNDER + Quality Director
A Good Food award-winning roaster and licensed Q Grader, Michael McIntyre specializes in sourcing and quality control in green coffee and in roasting training and analysis. He spends months of the year in Ethiopia sourcing the next year's coffee offerings for importing company Catalyst Trade, which he co-founded. Back in Portland, he spends endless hours on the phone helping roasters find their coffee unicorns, consulting with clients on a wide range of coffee topics, and training coffee professionals in roasting, cupping, sourcing, and quality control. With fifteen years experience in the coffee industry, Michael is relentlessly romanced by coffee and the community it facilitates. Outside of coffee, he is a musician with a love for vintage amps and an addiction to trolling Craigslist ads for antique coffee gear. (Download resume)
founder + operations director
As director of operations for Catalyst, Emily consults for coffee companies in marketing and distribution, management, and quality control systems and has written countless articles for publications ranging from consumer to trade and beyond. Outside of Catalyst, she is founder and General Manager for Ethiopian coffee importer Catalyst Trade, a travel / beverage journalist, and a coffee-focused photographer. In her decade in the coffee industry, she’s founded coffee subscription Crema.co, consulted with clients ranging from Alliance for Coffee Excellence to coffee importing companies in Cameroon, Nicaragua, Colombia, Peru, and beyond, and traveled the world to interview world barista champions. When not working in coffee, she's likely training in Filipino Martial Arts or working on a fantasy short story. (Download resume)
Nearly a decade getting his hands dirty in coffee has only increased Lance Nichols's passion for coffee and coffee people. A licensed Q Grader, SCA lab inspector, and SCA lead instructor, Lance has taught coffee classes in English and Spanish in a number of origin countries, opened and managed coffeehouses in New York, and was instrumental in building Gimme! Coffee's wholesale program. Lance's provides barista training, cafe analysis and training, and quality control services to Catalyst’s clients, as well as specializing in coffee lab certification. An Ithaca, New York resident, Lance was an art major at Reed University and loves photography, writing, and travel. (Download resume)
Zelalem Girma Bayou
With over a decade spent working in Ethiopia’s coffee supply chain Zelalem is a processing and quality control specialist who oversees relationships for Catalyst Trade, which he cofounded. Through Catalyst Coffee Consulting, Zelalem consults on supply chain development with an emphasis on origin work. His ability to observe the details which can make or break an operation is a big part of our success with this type of project. A licensed accountant and Ethiopian national who speaks several languages, Zelalem is also an experienced cupper who is on the road most of the year assisting and training the coffee producers we work with. Outside of coffee, Zele is an avid football (soccer) player and a fan of Arsenal.
Peaberry-hunter, junior cupper, and sample-puller extraordinaire, Eire McIntyre is an Oregon resident in general, but has lived in and regularly visits Ethiopia where she spends an inordinate amount of time writing the alphabet on walls with chalky stones, monitoring warehouse workers (penalties range from piggy-back rides to long sessions of pulling a bottle on a rope), and eating kolo (roasted barley). She has a unique ability to cross cultural barriers without noticing them, and an effortless cool that the rest of us can only aspire to.