FOUNDER + Quality Director
A Good Food award-winning roaster and licensed Q Grader, Michael McIntyre specializes in sourcing and quality control in green coffee. He spends months of the year in Ethiopia sourcing the next year's coffee offerings, training coffee professionals, and obsessively cupping. Back in Portland, he spends endless hours on the phone helping roasters find their coffee unicorns and knock out their customers. With over a decade 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.
founder + operations director
As director of operations for Catalyst, Emily consults for coffee companies in marketing and distribution, management, and quality control systems. Outside of Catalyst, she is a travel / beverage journalist, a photographer, a brand strategist + storyteller for a wide variety of companies, and co-founder of coffee marketplace Crema.co where she is Coffee Director and writes quite a lot on coffee. When not working, she's likely hitting a PR at the gym or the jackpot at a book sale. She is a heavy-duty fantasy buff and is currently at work on her 1st novel-intended-for-publication (4 others sit in a drawer somewhere).
COFFEE & STRATEGY SPECIALIST
For Andrew Russo, a US Army veteran and marathon runner, limitations exist only to be explored. Whether that inspiration leads to creating a nonprofit to raise and deliver $23,000 to a remote Nepal village devastated by the Nepal Earthquake, traveling around the world to consult with new and growing coffee roasting companies, or writing The Coffee Taster's Compendium and co-authoring coffee field guide Coffee Spanish, Andrew applies his skills where they count. A skilled cupper and Specialized Instructor for SCAA and Roaster's Guild, Andrew ensures Catalyst's community stays healthy and works to develop accountability for origin projects.
Peaberry-hunter, junior cupper, and sample-puller extraordinaire, Eire McIntyre is an Oregon resident in general, but currently lives in 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.