Volunteer Highlight: Michael Kearby, Roasting Manager of Intelligentsia Coffee

Name: Michael Kearby

Title: Roasting Manager

Company:  Intelligentsia Coffee Chicago


How long have you been volunteering for the SCAA?

4 years


What was the first SCAA Event you volunteered for and what were your duties?

I volunteered in 2009 as a Roasting Lab Station Lead.


What is your current volunteer role and what are your other duties in Portland 2012? 

I will be the Lead Instructor for Introduction to Roasting Concepts (RP112).


Describe your most memorable volunteering experience so far? 

Each year I volunteer I am blessed by all the wonderful people I get to meet.  Being able to share my knowledge with others in the coffee community is one of the most rewarding aspects of my job.  I remember  my first year as a lead instructor.  I was nervous.  I felt like I struggled to get through my presentation.  So many blank faces and random questions had thrown me for a loop.  However, after the class I received tons of wonderful feedback.  The people in attendance were so gracious and reassuring that it made me feel so good inside and I knew that I had to continue to volunteer and do my part in the community.


How has volunteering for the SCAA influenced your coffee career?

It has made me a better coffee person.