Dave Planer became a coffee professional when he realized a career in coffee was a better alternative to going broke over his passion for coffee. He started out at the ground floor as a barista, worked as a cafe manager and barista trainer in Manhattan, worked his first trader job at Royal Coffee New York where he designed and oversaw the buildout of Royal Coffee’s SCA training center as their Director of Marketing and Education and subsequently became Royal NY's first Q-grader. He moved to the west coast after joining Axiom Specialty Coffee, which merged with Global Coffee Trading in 2017. When he’s not cupping or connecting with roasters, he’s practicing martial arts, writing, or trying to brew the perfect cup of coffee that his apartment kitchen will allow.
Favorite Album: Say Anything by Say Anything