As a brand ambassador to Dalla Corte, he is honored by the opportunity to have his thoughts about coffee and the industry taken seriously by Paolo and the rest of the pros. He was particularly starstruck to be working with Fabrizio whom he had looked up to for several years. Outside of coffee, Cole is an cyclist, “riding his bike everywhere” and a wine enthusiast.
What are your credentials and accomplishments?:
I'm the co-owner of Rosso Coffee Roasters and Forward Specialty Green Coffee Importers. Two-time National Barista Champion, twice-Finalist at the World Barista Championships (2018, 2019).
How did you get started in coffee?
I graduated high school in 2009 and my post-graduate plans didn't pan out. I started working a hospitality job, shortly after joined my brother at Rosso. My interest in specialty began after Rosso switched from Illy Coffee to George Howell Coffee. In the spirit of learning and improving my skill, I began competing in barista competitions and that's led to the development of a roasting and sourcing program.
What does being a coffee pro mean to you?
Being a Dalla Corte Pro is really special. To know I'm supported in my craft and my opinion is valued and respected is beyond words.
What is your favorite Dalla Corte innovation?
Digital flow regulation. It's a game-changer.
What is the most important element of good coffee?
Flavour in the cup. Context is right there beside it in importance.
What is your proudest coffee moment?
The first time winning the National Barista Championship.
Who are you outside of coffee? What are your interests?
Im the guy who wants to ride his bike and play in the park with his friends. My bike is my only transportation. If I ever decide to grow up, I'd like to be an architect.
The best espresso machines in the world can only be represented by the best professional baristas in the world. That is what it means to be a Coffee Pro and to commit to our values and philosophy. These individuals are experts who know, live, and breath coffee and who have firsthand experience with our professional espresso machines and grinders.