Head Barista – Engine Room
Brian has been involved in coffee since 1996. In Kalamazoo, MI. he trained baristas at Water Street Coffee Joint until he and friends opened a not-for-profit arts collective called The Space in 2001.
Bain managed the coffee bar, which paid the rent on the 1,800 square foot facility that housed a 70-seat theater, a 300-person capacity music venue, an art gallery and more. After founding Michigan’s Rocket Star Coffee Shop & consulting on a variety of small town coffee programs, Brian upped & moved to Chicago in ’08 to work under World Barista Champion Michael Phillips at Intelligentsia’s flagship Broadway location.
Brian managed the Monadock Intelligentsia on Jackson in the Loop before accepting a position running Wholesale for Bow Truss in 2012 and serving as the Director of Operations the following two years. And Now? The summer of 2015 and the launch of Abacus. Sourcing, roasting, serving and drinking coffee are a lifelong passion of Brian’s, and he and the rest of the Abacus team are thrilled to offer delicious coffee to wholesale customer throughout the Chicagoland area and beyond!
Brian is also a brand ambassador for Rancillio.