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 wandered into coffee in 1993, as a barista on Sunset Blvd. Since then, she’s interviewed roasters from Italy to Maine, written about coffee for Saveur, Fresh Cup, Barista and Roast, and hosted blind-tasting espresso brunches with thick French toast and ultimately jittery guests. Random House published her first book, The Gastronomy of Marriage (The New York Times called it “polished” and Michelle, er, “Doris Day”), and she’s held every editorial position on a magazine masthead, from intern to editor in chief. After marketing stints at a tech startup, a gourmet grocery shop and a green-coffee startup, she’s thrilled to have found a home at InterAmerican. 

Random fact
: During my summer as a barista, Johnny Depp, an excellent tipper, came in twice every 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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