We are cafe hounds. We track down the best coffee in the world.
Coffee lover and graduate of the University of California, San Diego’s Graduate School of Global Policy and Strategy (GPS) specializing in public policy and economics. After completing advanced study in Virginia, Mexico, and California, he picked up a few vices. Coffee became a ‘vice’ during his dorm dwelling days, when he regularly drank low quality Cafe Sello Rojo. Maher currently resides in Boston, MA leading the Data Scientist practice at a large manufacturing company; having previously worked in Washington, D.C. as an Analytics Consultant on projects focused on market research, business intelligence and international development. He is fully fluent in Spanish and proficient in Portuguese.
Coffee geek who met Maher in the halls of the University of California, San Diego. Having numerous publications in the academic and applied finance spheres, Kris is seen as an expert on economic development and finance, with specialization on Southeast Asian economies. He has a Ph.D. and A.M. in economics from the University of Chicago. He coauthored a book on the subject of corporate finance at the household level. Professional experience includes multiple contributions as a Visiting Scholar at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in addition to his full-time job researching and teaching at the University of California, San Diego. In the midst of all of that, Kris enjoys a wide variety of coffee– let it be a traditionally brewed coffee served in a plastic bag from a street vendor in Bangkok, or an aromatic cappuccino with perfectly made foam served at a classic cafe in Rome– as long as it is made the best way it is supposed to be.
So now you’re probably asking yourself “How two economics, public policy, and international relations geeks even begin to break the surface on the specialty coffee industry?” We can only say we’re constantly learning and we hope you join us as we share parts of our journey.