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During her decade-long tenure at Counter Culture, Lydia has watched not only the local coffee community blossom, but she’s also had a hand in bringing that success and passion for quality and caffeinated camaraderie to Barista Nation through her development of educational programs for both CCC and the SCAA. As the coffee-driven force behind the Counter Intelligence program, as well as the pioneer of our in-house barista and coffee-steward certifications, she has spread the good word of specialty coffee to eager students and budding professionals throughout the US; thanks to both her masterful curriculum crafting and spunky teaching style, a dynamic new legion of dedicated industry professionals has been unleashed unto the coffee-loving world.
Not only is Lydia one smart cookie when it comes to extracting and educating, she’s also a fearless vintage shopper and a pretty mean bread baker. She and her husband, Ermanno, live with their larger-than-life cat, Gilbert.