Michael Beck – Owner/President
First off, I am 1/4 Filipino as my Grandmother was born and raised in Jolo, Sulu before moving to the States. This small bit of heritage drew me to Philippine Coffee when preparing to make my second foray into the work force. I had a solid career in the Safety and Environmental world working in Houston and Austin. Our children along with a move to Colorado enabled me to become a stay-at-home Dad for 16 years.
How did my coffee journey begin? Back in the 80’s my family had a Krups espresso maker that I tasted my first coffee from. A few years out of college, an opportunity arose to spend time in Costa Rica. I came home with kilos of fresh roasted coffee that tasted amazing. A move to Austin brought me into the coffee shop culture with places like Ruta Maya, Spider House, Flipnotics, Sweetish Hill, and Upper Crust. Coffee had become a part of me.
I roasted my first green coffee beans over an open fire while camping using a pie tin. The beans were scorched and smoky but made a drinkable cup of cowboy coffee. A move to cast iron on the stove gave the understanding of the roast stages. Then it was on to the hot air popper where I learned how to burn coffee. I graduated to a Behmor before purchasing an Aillio Bullet r1. It has been a progression. I have learn much but still have much to learn.
I hope you will follow me on this journey to connect to my Philippine roots and bring you excellent specialty coffee. Salamat!