Matthew Berk is the CEO and co-founder of Seattle-based Bean Box, a coffee gift and subscription platform that brings fresh, quality, and diverse artisan coffee from 25 different roasting partners to customers all over the United States. He’s been a software engineer most of his life, but only in the last few years has he become a full-on coffee maniac. Matthew is a big fan of medium roasts, specifically from Guatemala, Colombia, or Panama, and loves notes of chocolate and caramel in the morning. For the people in your life that live for that java jolt, Matthew’s guide gift has the gear they need to start their morning right.... more
“Skip over the part where I'm a founder. There's a ton of community good that happens when you give a Bean Box: local coffee roasters and microlot coffee farmers throughout the world all benefit directly. And for the gift recipient, they're in for something very special....”
“I use my Ottomatic every single day. The coffee is as delicious as when I do a pourover by hand, but it does all the work. Even better, it keeps the brew warm for later.”
“This inexpensive scale is a must-have for coffee lovers. 50 grams in the morning for me and my wife, and 25 grams later in the day to taste samples. Unlike every other anti-aesthetic scale I've owned, this is sleek and compact, and looks great next to my brewing setup.”
“Right now there's a run on Chemex paper filters, so this has been a lifesaver. But going forward, I'm making this a standard, since it's far less wasteful, and therefore better for the environment.”
“When it comes to grinders, I admit I'm spoiled. But at home, this has been my go-to grinder for years, for three reasons: it's fast; it's consistent; and it generates the least amount of static I've ever seen in a grinder. The last point is super important to me, as one of my pet peeves is remnant coffee dust.”
Fresh Chalk has partnered with Matthew to support Feeding America. Their mission is to feed America's hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger. “There's simply no reason anyone should go hungry,” says Matthew.
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