SK Coffee Team
We are excited, inspired, and proud of the SK team members. Such a wide and unique spectrum of experiences, with one permiating similarity: we all care deeply about coffee's people, place, and process.
Owner and Coffee Director: In another lifetime, Sam was pursuing an academic career in music. He studied at Concordia College (Moorhead), Boston University, and the University of Birmingham (England). Entering coffee as a hobby roaster while teaching at Endicott College, Sam and Nate started SK in Sam's Boston apartment.
Owner and Finance and Operations Director: Nate's training is in finance, having worked for US Bank and the startup Ovative before starting SK Coffee with Sam. Aside from deep diving into coffee, finace, and ops, Nate is also SK's resident "plant guy;" he is the reason our shops have small forests.
Roasting Operations Manager: Britta went to school for audio engineering and spent several years working in the music industry in Nashville. She loves dogs and is learning to love coffee equally!
Cafe Operations Manager: Selah has 7 years of coffee experience. They used to be a Vet Tech and still has a love for reptiles and bugs, as well as a love of gardening.
Barista: Recently left the healthcare industry after 8 years to pursue my passion for specialty coffee full time. She started her journey as a barista in 2022 at Backstory Coffee Roasters in the Northloop and recently joined the SK team this February.
Barista: Ben's background and training is in theology and literature. Writing and drawing are theraputic exercises for him. While maintaining a vibrant barista career, Ben has become interested in psychology and neuroscience. He's also a passionate skateboarder.
Barista: Carter has worked at Wild Grind and True Stone. He is a talented photographer and loves shooting film because of the process and the surprise when you get photos back.
Barista: luci smith has worked in coffee for over a decade in major cities spanning PDX, NYC, LA, SF and abroad in Korea and Japan. With a background in educational psychology and intercultural studies, coffee has been a perfect place to apply learning and skill sharing along all points of the supply chain. She also works as a private music instructor teaching guitar and DJ/mixing and aspires to start a queer/trans underground radio station. In addition to all this, luci is an avid practitioner of somatic therapies like yoga and dance/movement, is level 1 certified in Reiki energy healing, is a skilled DJ and musician and hopes to eventually combine and share these healing practices with her community.
Owner and Business Strategy: After a series of entrepreneurial CEO stints, Jeffrey is happy to return to Minneapolis where he advises technology companies, plays upright bass, and helps SK Coffee delight its customers.