Head Roaster
Origin: Covina, California

A thoughtful and passionate artisan, Erich is Novo’s head roaster and serves as the steward of our coffee. Erich has been in the coffee industry since 1998, where he got his start in corporate coffee in order to meet a girl he had his eye on. He realized that he preferred the culture of small business, and when he and his wife ventured to Denver in 2009 he soon found a home at Novo Coffee—which is saying a lot, considering he has moved more than 40 times throughout the course of his life (including four different second grades!).

Erich spends his time eliciting the inherent characteristics of the coffee beans and considers it equal parts science and art. He cares deeply about preserving the hard work of those who influenced the quality of the coffee before him, as well as providing the best possible product for those who will serve it after him. When he’s not roasting or packaging coffee, chances are you will find him and his red beard leading a cupping, training friends on our house Rancilio, or sweeping up after a busy week. He and his wife are also known to frequent Mile High Soul Club. Look for them on the dance floor.