Kevin Knox

Specialty coffee and tea industry veteran Kevin Knox has worked in the coffee and tea industries since 1980 as a hands-on roaster, buyer, taster, trainer, writer and educator for Starbucks Coffee during its first decade of rapid growth, as well as for organic and small farm oriented Allegro Coffee Company (now owned by Whole Foods).

Long known as one of the most articulate speakers and writers in the coffee industry, Kevin brought his long experience as a coffee insider to a larger public with his highly-regarded book Coffee Basics (New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1997).

Kevin and his wife live in small-town Colorado, where he does consulting work, tinkers with home roasters and spends as much time as possible on foot and bicycle on local trails. Kevin can be reached at