A semester living in East Africa impacted Ryan in a big way, including his view of coffee’s impact outside the United States. Upon his return, in 2006, Ryan became a part-time barista, working alongside Trevor in Illinois. After immersing himself in blogs, books, events, and hands-on experimenting, Ryan’s passion revealed itself: engaging with each coffee’s story from start to finish. In 2008, he moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan and co-founded Madcap.
Currently, as Madcap’s Director of Coffee, Ryan is responsible for roasting, green coffee buying, and quality control programs. He spends a significant portion of the year outside the country, working alongside Madcap’s friends and partners across the globe.
When he isn’t working, Ryan enjoys hiking, cooking, practicing yoga, watching movies, crushing wine, and spending time with family and friends.