meet the Team Behind Home Grounds
The Editorial Team & Marketing Team
The editorial team at Home Grounds handles the primary task of researching, writing, reviewing, publishing and fact checking coffee brewing guides and reviews into easily digestible guides.
Deb Das – French Press Fanatic & Community Manager
I'm as passionate about coffee as I am about writing/editing. My interest in coffee started in late 2015 when I quit my day job as an engineer and started traveling. During my stay in Bali, I enjoyed having fresh Balinese coffee every morning. I loved its rich taste and heady aroma. After returning home, the first coffee I had was a Nescafe, and I immediately spat it out. Since then, I have been on a journey to learn about all aspects of coffee – from bean to cup.
For the last three and a half years, I've been religiously brewing coffee every morning in my trusty Aeropress. In this time, I've also self-published my sci-fi novel, written spec scripts (for film, TV, and games), and completed 100+ scuba dives.
Brewing methods of choice: “I love the inverted Aeropress method of brewing coffee because I can brew a cup fast without compromising on the taste and body (for which I use an Able fine metal filter). Even the cleanup process is swift.”
steven Holm – Barista, Roaster, Video Content Creator.
My coffee journey began in 2014 when I found a $2 espresso machine at a thrift store and instantly fell in love with the process. I’ve done a bit of everything in the coffee industry ranging from barista, roaster, green coffee buyer, quality control and business owner. As I’ve found another love for Videography more recently, I have the unique opportunity to make videos that I wish would have existed when I first began in coffee!
Outside of Homegrounds, I love traveling the world with my wife. We move across the United States every few months with our dog, Leo, and spend as much time outdoors as possible!
Scott Fisher – Manual Espresso Master, Video Content Creator.
With passions revolving around food, wine, travel, and automotive subjects, Scott has traveled extensively through North America and Europe, exploring food and drink pairings around the world. His love of coffee began in his teens when a friend's family introduced him to the glories of the classic Italian Moka pot. That technology got him through too many early-morning final exams in college and eventually led to a manual espresso machine after graduation.
As a weekly restaurant columnist on the San Francisco peninsula during the 1990s, Scott delved into the Bay Area's long-standing coffee tradition, making friends with and interviewing the top roasters. While his love of dark-roasted, full-flavored beans has never abated, he also fell in love with single-origin, lighter coffees, relying on the classic Chemex before the words “pour over” had officially been joined.
Brewing methods of choice: “I've used the classic Chemex as my primary brew method since the late 1980s; the rich, textured cup that a Chemex produces is highly satisfying.”
Julia Bobak – Writer, Product Researcher
I love trail running, rock climbing, coffee, food, and my tiny dog — and writing about all of them. I start every morning with a fresh Americano from my home espresso machine, or I don’t start it at all.
Jovana Durovic – Managing Editor, Content Manager
I come from a country where people drink domestic coffee (what the rest of the world knows as Turkish coffee) and where Nescafe designates all instant coffees ever made. So, imagine my first encounter with, say, Hario V60…Yes, it was love at first sight. Today I’m a coffee connoisseur and a huge coffee lover.
My favorite brewing methods are the V60 and traditional espresso-making. Yet, despite my country’s long tradition of Turkish-coffee-adoring, I somehow cannot stand it. That’s just too dark, even for me.
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Erin Stone – Marketing
Erin Stone loves clean-eating, surfing (paddle-boarding, mixed martial arts and sustainable building (Earthships in particular). After spending years living and working in the Australian country with rural-land property developments he came to immerse himself in online marketing and advertising.
You can find Erin working hard (when he's not getting barrelled) to promote content from HomeGrounds.co and spreading the word about drinking great coffee.
Alex Azoury – Aeropress Hero, Head of sales, Marketing and partnerships
After graduating from the University of Technology (Sydney) with a Business Degree he studied and practiced in the building industry as a carpenter – followed by a long period of world travel. Versatility and life experience is the name of the game.
After becoming a Barista in 2014, his love for coffee pushed him to start writing and editing for homegrounds.co, where his passion for coffee grew.
Coffee of choice: “V60 pour over coffee with a single origin bean from central America”
Email me at [email protected]