Director of Coffee
Mandy has held many jobs over the years – working as a book buyer, a piano teacher, and a scooter mechanic, to name a few – but once she started working in coffee, she fell down the proverbial rabbit hole. She’s worked in training and education, but found she fit best as a roaster; she even cut her teeth on a roaster that she helped rebuild. It’s the people that keep her inspired and always aspiring to do better, though.
Director of Wholesale
Eli got his start in coffee after finding himself constantly dozing off in class while completing a B.M. In Music Theory. Working his way through Texas, he made a career as a barista trainer, quality control specialist, and event planner. He is also a competitive barista, most recently finishing as a quarter-finalist at the 2017 United States Barista Championship. Reach out to Eli about anything coffee or Led Zeppelin related.
Head of Education
From teaching Marine Science to middle school students in Alaska, to being an English Composition instructor at Southern Illinois University, to heading the training program for Halfwit Coffee, Andreas has always had an eye for education. He brings all of his previous experience to Halfwit, leading training sessions with a focus on mechanics, theory, and collaboration. His favorite jokes are puns, for better or worse.
Originally from Massachusetts, Darrell has worked in Chicago's specialty coffee scene since 2010. Beginning his career as a barista, he was hired on at Halfwit as a production assistant in 2015 and began his roaster's apprenticeship shortly thereafter. When not operating an insanely hot, incredibly noisy piece of machinery (and loving every darn second of it), Darrell can be found improvising with several teams at many different theaters and comedy venues across Chicago.