When Mark Barany’s New Yorker parents became missionaries in 1995, he was swiftly transported to Nairobi, Kenya, where he learned the ins and outs of boarding school, rugby, Swahili. And African coffee.
In 1998 he moved again, but to the opposite coast – in Seattle, Washington. It was the perfect locale to climb coffeeshop ladders, honing his skills as a barista and building lifelong relationships. Mark got particularly close to a dog from the local shelter, named Kuma.
Mark eventually had enough experience under his belt to start hobby roasting coffee, and rolled that into a business with the addition of some “dream roasting equipment.”