Meet Our Team
Samuel Demisse founded Keffa Coffee in 2006. Samuel was born and raised in Ethiopia. His father was a coffee professional and taught Samuel about the industry at a young age. Samuel has competed in the United States Coffee Cup Tasters Championship. He placed 3rd in 2017 and 2015 and 2nd in 2013 and 2011. Samuel is a Licensed Q-Grader and an Assistant Q-Instructor.
Liz is our newest hire at Keffa! She has a lot of experience maintaining and monitoring project plans and expenditures. Her goal is to employ her knowledge and experience to meet
opportunity. She has a passion for coffee and looks forward to gaining knowledge of new skills and expertise in our industry. We are very excited to her on the team!
Andrew started his career in coffee in 1999, since then it’s been a blur of espresso and joy. He’s held many positions in the industry including cafe and roastery management, educator, sales, and now green coffee trader. Andrew moved to Baltimore by way of Brooklyn, NY with his wife. When not elbow-deep in coffee he can be found at home tending to his many plants and woodworking projects.
Gary Maslan is a renaissance man. With extensive experience in a wide variety of legal fields, a wide range of social areas, and a wide variety of interests, Gary truly has the insight and knowledge to help Keffa’s legal need and business consultant since 2008. Gary has a vibrant sense of humor and wild wit for collecting antiques.
Ian is a recent graduate of Montgomery community college and now enrolled at the University of Maryland. He has been working in the coffee industry for four years and has picked up numerous skills both technical and professional. He always has a goal to learn as much as possible regardless of the type of job or situation he is put in.