KCPT – The Local Show: Roasterie Road Trip: Bean Baron Danny O’Neill in Costa Rica

0 KCPT   The Local Show: Roasterie Road Trip: Bean Baron Danny ONeill in Costa RicaThe Local Show tags along with The Roasterie’s Danny O’Neill on a recent trip to Costa Rica to build relationships with local coffee farmers.

Danny O’Neill is the Bean Baron at The Roasterie—a specialty coffee-roasting company that services espresso bars, coffeehouses, fine restaurants, high-end grocers, offices and retail accounts. Danny started The Roasterie in the basement of his Brookside home in November 1993.

It all began during his last year of high school when Danny spent the year in Costa Rica as an exchange student. While visiting, he spent several weeks picking coffee beans, and it was at this time that his passion for coffee ignited. Since then, Danny has made hundreds of trips touring different segments of the coffee industry and locating premier coffee-bean estates.

Since The Roasterie’s inception, Danny has become a sought-after expert in the ever-growing coffee industry. He has judged cupping and barista competitions all around the world since 1995. In April 2001, he was awarded Super Taster status on the Specialty Coffee Institute Sensory Aptitude Test.

Danny’s previous business experience includes 10 years in varied sales and marketing positions, spending the last seven of those years with a large multinational corporation. In his final position, Danny was responsible for an entire industry segment, with sales in excess of $80 million. Danny serves on a number of advisory boards for various local companies and associations and is currently on the Board of Trustees at Park University, Board of Regents at Rockhurst University, Board of Directors for FastTrac and is a past President of the Specialty Coffee Association of America.

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