There are a lot things we need here at Plywerk to make our business run smoothly. We need high-quality materials. We need talented and dedicated employees. We need heart and we need soul. But all of these things would be nearly useless if we did not have coffee. For us, life without coffee is not real living.
Fortunately for us, our office is located in Portland, Oregon. Portland is a city that values their java. There's no shortage of coffee shops, but we happen to favor Water Avenue Coffee Company.
It all started in 2009 with three men and a beautiful vintage roaster. Bruce Milletto, Matt Milletto and Brandon Smyth ordered a roaster online and the coffee company was born. This trio was not new to the coffee game, though. Bruce is a true veteran of the specialty coffee industry. In 1991 he founded Bellissimo Coffee Advisors and in 2003 he and his son Matt opened the American Barista and Coffee School.
Matt Milletto was raised on coffee. In addition to the work he does with his father at ABCS, where he serves as Vice President, he also founded Barista Exchange, a networking site for the coffee industry.
Brandon Smyth knows his way around the beans as well. He’s done just about anything a person can do with coffee. He’s been everything from barista to roaster, with lots in between. A former roaster for Stumptown, Brandon is the coffee buyer and the head roaster for Water Avenue.
There’s a lot of great coffee in Portland, but Water Avenue Coffee also has great people. We can say this with great confidence because we spend a lot of time there. Not only do we buy and brew their beans, but we also conduct a lot of meetings in their shop. It’s our neighborhood cafe. It’s nice to have such fine neighbors.