Adam is the Co-Founder and CEO of ACR. While studying Marketing and Economics at Drexel University In Philadelphia, Adam ran his first successful startup (car and boat detailing) while interning at BB&T Capital Markets. After graduation, he pursued a career as an analyst and compliance associate at Hunthill Capital, an alternative investment marketing firm in New York. As many finance guys do, Adam sat in a midtown Starbucks one day and wondered if he had done it all wrong. He started roasting coffee on his mom’s bbq on the weekends and peddling it at local farmers markets in New Jersey. Eventually Adam left his job, packed a backpack, and traveled to the places coffee grows. He found a lot more than farms - Adam fell in love with the culture, the craftmanship, and the unparalleled hospitality he experienced across Africa and Central & South Americas. And he wanted to take part in it.
Adam and his friend Paul founded Afficionado Coffee Roasters in 2011. Today Adam oversees daily operations of Afficionado and acts as the company's lead visionary. When he’s not drinking coffee, talking about coffee, or spending time with growers around the world, Adam loves obscure travel destinations, small airplanes, sailing, snowboarding, cooking, gardening and flying.
His ideal coffee is the Guatemala Asdelflor, at sunrise, through a v60 pourover. Sharp noon cutoff.
Paul Merces is a co-founder of Afficionado Coffee Roasters and now oversees all warehouse operations. Born and raised in Holmdel, NJ, in 2007 he decided to leave the family business to pursue a life in coffee, and now oversees all warehouse operations. In his free time he enjoys running, boating, mountain biking, and spending quality time with family and friends. His go-to coffee is the Dolce Blend with milk (Chemex pourover) during the colder months and 12-hour Cold Brew for the summer.
John Michael Beam started with Afficionado back in 2010 as a field associate, cultivating a network throughout New York and New Jersey. Today, John Michael is Director of Client Services, and now he oversees all market segments including hotels, corporate offices, and restaurants across the eastern seaboard. He enjoys spontaneous travel and anything outdoors - especially mountain biking, boating, and snowboarding. John Michael rotates through the Afficionado coffee portfolio, but always prefers a pour over.
Peter Turso is a James Beard-recognized chef with a diverse background spanning fine dining, hotel and resort production, as well as recipe development for corporate entities. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Chef Turso is inspired by the unexpected depth and infinite nuance that can be found in coffee. Leveraging his chef’s palate, he participates at every level of coffee production, from farming to harvesting to roasting by hand here in New Jersey. He hopes that his dedication proves itself in every sip, and that coffee enhances your journey, wherever life takes you. And bring a camera! Outside of work, Chef T enjoys being in nature: gardening, hiking, and snowboarding. He is an amateur photographer and pretty decent guitarist.
Gus has been with Afficionado Coffee since April 2018. He is a field support technician that works mostly with maintenance and quality of coffee equipment and machines. In his free time Gus likes to attend concerts and sporting events as well as spend time with his fiancé and dog.
Raised in Holmdel, New Jersey Matt has had a lifelong interest in the beverage industry. As a Roaster / Brewers Assistant, Matt assists with all aspects of production and fulfillment. Matt is also an accomplished musician who plays with bands in Asbury Park. Recently his band traveled to Austin, Texas to play at South by Southwest. His favorite morning coffee is pour-over black.
Jessica started with Afficionado Coffee in February 2020. She plays a key role as Financial Administrator and Office Manager, working with everyone on the team to coordinate each day. In Jessica's free time she enjoys spending time with her family and significant other. She also enjoys joyriding in her collection of classic and modern cars, a pastime she shares with her father. Another life-long passion of Jessica’s is dancing; she has practiced ballet since the age of 3. Jessica loves visiting New York City, going to concerts, or enjoying life at the beach. To kickstart her busy days, Jessica drinks Indonesian coffee without milk or sugar. She prefers it for its complex earthy taste and bold flavor notes.
Born and raised in Indiana, Joe studied Visual Communications and Studio Art at Loyola University in Chicago. After stints as a touring rock bassist and a graphic designer in the jewelry industry, Joe assumed the role of Creative Director in December 2019. In his free time he likes to see live music, explore new neighborhoods, and play card games. He drinks cold brew all year round, and prefers Ethiopian Yirgacheffe in the colder winter months.
Judy is the newest member of Afficionado. After working previously as a certified barista, Judy is now working on the technical and client support side of the industry. When she's not fixing espresso machines or taste-testing our latest coffees, Judy enjoys going to concerts, rollerskating, playing trumpet, or hiking outdoors. Her preferred caffeinated drink is an oat macchiato made with Ethiopian Hamma Collective coffee.