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A premium specialty coffee subscription service showcasing exclusive coffees curated by progressive producers, industry leaders, and champion baristas -- roasted by Cupping Room, and delivered to your door monthly.

With each shipment, you will receive two coffees chosen especially for us by the industry Icon of the month. You can expect anything from rare varieties to experimental micro-lots, examples of progressive processing, or pure reflections of terroir; coffees that embody the vision and philosophy of our featured Icon.

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Mike Strumpf

Mike Strumpf the Director of Coffee for Swiss Water Decaffeinated Coffee, is a certified Head Judge for the World Barista Championships, and is quite possibly the nicest guy you'll ever have the pleasure of meeting. 

Besides having an impressive list of coffee credentials, (Q Grader, SCA Canadian Chapter Education Coordinator, authorised SCA AST in Green Coffee and Sensory Skills), Mike devotes a large portion of his time volunteering as a World Coffee Events Representative, and is licensed to travel to competition bodies around the world to run WCE competitions around the world.  The World Barista Championship is the pre-eminent coffee competition in the world, but it would not be possible to hold this event without first holding the 50+ national competitions around the world each year, where national champions are first chosen.

For this month's ICONS selection, we turned to Mike and asked him how he chooses coffee for Swiss Water and their decaffeinated coffee program.

"I put the most emphasis on balance and sweetness. I don't have preconceived notions of what a certain coffee should taste like, but I do want the coffee to be a great example of whatever it is."

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Subscription Benefits

Brew Like a Champ!

Get in-depth insight from barista champions and coffee icons on how they select, dial in, and brew their coffees.

Free shipping

No hassle, just the best coffees curated for you, delivered to your door each month.

VIP Events

When our Icons visit us for in-store seminars and sharings, we'll reserve your seat so you're guaranteed access to these exclusive and limited events:

January 2020 - Takayuki Ishitani
February 2020 - Jooyeon Jeon

Your Icon's Coffee, Our Signature Roast

We'll work with each month's Icon to develop the best profile to showcase the unique characteristics of each selection: terroir, variety, and processing conditions.

Paying attention to these traits in green coffee, we roast each coffee uniquely, aiming to highlight each coffee's finest qualities.

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ICONS PREVIOUSLY FEATURED

From producers to green buyers to baristas and champions -- we have featured
these amazing individuals and their coffees in our previous months' subscriptions.

Green Buyer & Barista

Jooyeon Jeon

Country: South Korea
Years in the industry: 13 years
Achievements: 2019 World Barista Champion, 2017 & 2018 South Korea Barista Champion

Read more about Jooyeon's selection for us by hitting the button below!

FREELANCE BARISTA & TRAINER

TAKAYUKI ISHITANI

Country: Japan
Years in the industry: 14 years
Achievements: 2017 & 2019 Japan Barista Champion

Read more about Taka's selection for us by hitting the button below!

PRODUCERS & INNOVATORS

ADAM & RACHEL OVERTON

Country: Ethiopia
Years in the industry: 8 years

Read more about Adam & Rachel's selection for us by hitting the button below!

AMBASSADOR

STEFANOS DOMATIOTIS

Country: Greece
Years in the industry: 18 years
Achievements: 2014 World Brewers Cup Champion, multiple Greek National Barista Champion

Read more about Stefanos' selection for us by hitting the button below!

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