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.
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.