Alyza was born and raised in Duluth, MN. She spent 10 years on the East Coast earning an undergraduate in retail management and a masters degree in school counseling before she returned to Minnesota to take over the family coffee roasting business, Alakef Coffee Roasters. She now serves on the board of directors for the International Women’s Coffee Alliance, and prides herself in being a champion for women’s rights around the world.

Customer Service Team

Jane Cox

Account Specialist

Fun Fact: In her spare time, Jane is also a coordinator of an after school program at a Community Club she formed, in service to community.

Favorite Coffee: Moroccan Blend

Erika Sasseville

Customer Service Representative

Fun Fact: Erika loves directing plays/musicals and performs in three Improv Comedy Groups in the Twin Cities area.

Favorite Coffee: North Shore Morning Blend

Operations Team

Roy Alexander

General Manager

Fun Fact: Roy is a coffee fanatic on weekdays, and a BBQ judge and competitor on weekends.

Favorite Coffee: The newest one that just arrived.

Ezra Bennett


Fun Fact: Ezra answers to many names, including but not limited to; Deadhead, Grateful dad, Java Llama, Kommissar of Coffee, and Master Roaster.

Favorite Coffee: Ethiopia

Jesse Hakala


Fun Fact: Jesse loves custom art, hot nights, Italian suits, and trips to anywhere.

Favorite Coffee: Papua New Guinea

Kayli Staubus

Roaster/Production Team Member

Fun Fact: Kayli has three cats.

Favorite Coffee: Cold-brewed Ethiopia

Hollee Hembree

Production Team Member

Fun Fact: From Hollee,”Life’s about learning, giving and gratitude. To always be moving forward while not forgetting who we are and finding the courage to fight for both. A special thanks to my son who doesn’t yet know how inspirational he is.”

Favorite Coffee: Organic Peru

Sales Team

Henry Stein

Vice President Sales

Fun Fact: Henry serves as an adjunct marketing lecturer at University of MN and Hamline University.

Favorite Coffee: Kenya AA

Zoe LaTour

Account Manager

Fun Fact: Zoe moonlights as a skater on North Star Roller Derby’s recreational league, the Satellites.

Favorite Coffee: Papua New Guinea

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