To say that Paul has a passion for coffee and for service would be the understatement of the year.
Growing up in a farm town outside the Twin Cities of Minnesota, when he wasn’t focused on hockey during the winter (surprise surprise), he was taking to the links and playing shortstop for his local little league team.
But, it was at the age of 15, when an opportunity to make a few extra bucks bussing tables, where the trajectory of Paul’s life would be forever changed, whether he knew it or not. Service became ever present regardless of where he was. Even when his plans for secondary school were put on hold because of the birth of his first daughter, service played a pivotal role there too. Changing diapers has a tendency to be full time work.
When he finally made his way to NY in 2003 to study musical theater, service worked its way into his life again. Whether behind the bar, running the restaurant floor, or waiting on rowdy college kids in the West Village, Paul couldn’t escape the industry he had never planned on working in the first place.
In 2005, when things took a bit of a sharper and unexpected turn, he found himself in a recovery meeting trying to piece his life back together. But the one continual thread he couldn’t escape was, you guessed it, service. It was only by reaching out to help someone in need that he met Jeremy who had just found his way into a meeting.
The two would forge an unshakeable bond which would lead to the creation of Birch Coffee.
Paul and Jeremy found themselves attending a coffee show in 2008 after the idea to open a coffee shop of their own had been sparked. Paul happened upon a cup of coffee from Ethiopia on the first day of the show and that was the moment that Paul’s passion for and career in coffee would officially begin.
After they opened their first and continued to build their organization, it was clear that Paul was the super taster of the two. He went on to receive certification as a Q grader and is the company’s green coffee buyer. He has developed long lasting relationships with the farms Birch Coffee works with and continues to seek out the highest quality coffee to ensure that Birch is always serving its customers the quality they deserve.
Paul takes his role within the organization very seriously. He is truly passionate about developing relationships with Birch Coffee’s customers but it is his passion for leading that allows Paul to thrive. He is constantly working the leadership team within the company to build long lasting leadership and preparation for success. Whether someone plans to work with Birch long term, or they are simply passing through while in school, Paul takes ownership of each relationship and makes it his responsibility to make someone a better leader from when they start to when they move on.
We’re thrilled to have Paul as a leader of the organization.