Demystifying Roast Color - Speaker
Topeca Coffee Roasters
Ian Picco has been working in specialty coffee since 2004, when he started his career as a barista. He’s been in his current role as Director of Coffee since 2012. He has experience working many roles throughout the supply chain including: barista, roastery production, production roasting, quality control, cupping, origin green production, green buying, customer service, consultation and education, which brought him to his role as Director of Coffee in 2012.
Ian has been teaching coffee professionals since 2013 at many venues including SCA Expo, Roasters Guild Retreat, and Topeca’s Premier Campus, Topeca Instruments Division. As an Authorized SCA Trainer, Ian is certified in teaching Professional levels of both Roasting and Sensory Skills modules, lending his expertise and sharing his passion for coffee with all he meets. Ian is a past chair for the heritage SCAA Coffee Taster Pathway Committee, and is current chair of the SCA CPS Sensory Skills Creator Group.
Aside from coffee, he has a deep passion for culinary science and art, and an ongoing interest in sustainable agriculture and industrial manufacturing. He loves spending time with his wife and daughter, and can spotted around town driving his 1970’s automobiles and motorcycles.