Michelle Maisto

Best place you ever went on a business trip: Shanghai. I loved the juxtapositions—the glass skyscrapers with bamboo scaffolding, the seniors ballroom dancing outside in the mornings.

Michelle Maisto has always loved food and food writing, and in the coffee industry she’s grateful to have found a community of like-minded obsessives.

She is the author of “The Gastronomy of Marriage” (Random House), has worn all the editorial hats in magazine publishing, earned an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University and has written for publications including The New York Times, Forbes, Saveur, Gourmet, Roast and Barista.

As Head of Marketing at Neumann Gruppe USA, Michelle oversees branding and marketing efforts for InterAmerican Coffee and is the Project Coordinator for the Neumann Kaffee Gruppe Partnership to Advance Coffee Equity (NKG PACE), a racial equity program created in 2021 in cooperation with the Coffee Coalition for Racial Equity (CCRE).

Random fact
: The summer before college, I was a barista on Sunset Boulevard and Johnny Depp, a generous tipper, came in twice a day. I had him to thank for my freshman beer money.

Profession you wanted to be when you were a kid: A teacher. (I like to be in charge.)

Best coffee memory: In retrospect, the Sunday afternoons in grade school, when my Italian father would send me to the kitchen to make him a demitasse with Anisette. He’d tease me it was good training for my future husband. Instead, I married a man who makes my morning pour over.

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