We're dedicated to great coffee and great service. Meet the Caravan Coffee team.
Pete enjoys being a “flame keeper,” coaching the best flavors and aromas from these organic and mystical seeds from faraway places.
Paul Hunter Allen
My mum says I was ruined, as far as coffee was concerned. After two years in Europe, only the best would do. There may be only one thing I enjoy more than seeking the perfect roast on our 25lb San Franciscan roasters–drinking a “flat white” with friends and my wife, Rachel.
My coffee journey began while working as a barista in the mid 1990’s when specialty coffee was really still finding its way into the mainstream. I had the opportunity to learn the intricacies of the retail side of coffee while working in a busy drive-thru and managing the adjoining sit-down café. My passion for the magical elixir never waned and I was eventually drawn to the wholesale roasting world by way of Caravan Coffee. Essentially, my job is to keep Caravan running like a well-oiled machine and I pour my heart and soul into doing just that. I have a shirt that says “Keep Calm and let Tiffany Handle It.” At Caravan, those are words to live by!
I’m a Michigan farm boy who grew up raising corn, soybeans, tomatoes, blueberries, and asparagus. I started drinking Folger’s Hazelnut Coffee crystals as a boy, with my dad until my eyes were opened while harvesting coffee cherries with Costa Rican farmers in college. After college, my wife and I moved to China to teach English. While in China we couldn’t find decent coffee so I, along with 2 others, started the first artisan coffee roastery in Central China as well as becoming an AST with the SCAE running training. In the end, our family spent nine years in China and our two daughters grew up on spicy noodle bowls using chopsticks.
"We should go out for coffee” invites relationship and conversation. The world of coffee has not only opened the doors to experiencing an excellent world-wide beverage but has contributed to friendships becoming best friendships, dreams becoming realities, and much more. At Caravan Coffee I look forward to sharing the intricacies of the coffee tasting world with you. Currently, my favorite coffee is our Fair Trade Organic Peru Femenino for both a pour-over and espresso.
Victor Reyes III
I drink coffee because each cup is an experience full of new aromas and flavors that change depending on my coffee selection and brewing method. I also enjoy how coffee impacts lives beyond those who are drinking the final product. It makes my coffee journey more rewarding and I hope it makes yours too.
The coffee that I grew up with was pre-ground, over-roasted coffee that had been sitting on the shelf for, well, who knows how long. As an adult, I tried coffee again and I tentatively sipped a French Pressed Sumatra. I was taken back, speechless almost. To this day, Sumatra coffee is still one of my favorites.
My coffee experience was fleeting at first. In college, the coffee highlight was an occasional cappuccino which was an exotic though rare luxury. My relationship with caffeine got serious when in the Navy where we’d stand watch and consume gallons of some pretty harsh stuff that came out of giant urns on the mess deck. Later in life, during 30 years in a corporate environment, the coffee service was a vital boost to productivity and the bottom line. Now, in my “sunset career” at Caravan, my coffee palate is greatly broadened. Coffee is much more than I imagined. I’m continually treated to exotic tastes from around the world. Now, my favorite way to start the day is to make a pot of Caravan and sit down with a good book.
About 64% of Americans have a cup of coffee each day. My passion is to show that a great cup makes all the difference when starting your day, as well as showing the other 36% that coffee is the best way to start your day. At the end of the day however, it's about the relationships built when experiencing coffee at its fullest.
Born and raised in Newberg, I was exposed to the speciality coffee scene at a very young age; visiting Caravan throughout my childhood. However, it wasn’t until about 3 years ago that I began to truly appreciate the natural flavors of coffee. Case in point, all throughout middle school and into high school my go to drink was a blended, caramel, white chocolate mocha. Working as a barista I have been exposed the complexity within coffee culture, in the way it is grown, sourced and prepared. There is a wealth of information to be gleaned about coffee, Caravan being the perfect place to continue my education. I love coffee because of the community it creates. By its very nature, conversation and cultivation occur. It serves as a mechanism of togetherness, which I am big fan of. I am excited to share in community as a serve you your coffee!
My experience with coffee before Caravan was a vending machine with 25 cent coffee that tastes like mud and featured the occasional floating ant. Working at Caravan Coffee has introduced me to a whole new world of Specialty Coffee with a wide variety of flavors, roasts, and origins to experience. Great coffee made by great people who give back to the community and the farmers. I am very proud to be a part of this company.
I have a terrible secret. I’m not actually a coffee drinker. Instead, I usually make myself some tea that I neglect to finish and leave to get cold somewhere, a habit which seems to annoy my wonderful boyfriend to no end. When I’m not being chastised for my tea-abandoning ways, he and I are foster parents to an awesome teenager, and I fill most of my remaining free time with sewing and costume design, making everything from modern-day pants and dresses to historical costumes and fantasy armor. We also host semi-weekly D&D sessions at our house for a variety of local chefs, baristas, and bartenders because we are all, at heart, super enthusiastic nerds.