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.
Like most people who live on North America’s west coast, I love good coffee and the great outdoors. Is there anything better than coming home from a long morning trail run to a fresh, steaming cup? Lately, I’ve been rediscovering my love of the classic Moka pot, especially with a medium roast bean from one of our many local roasters. That extra strong shot of coffee, topped with a dollop of foamed milk, really hits the spot on a cool day.
I have a graduate degree in physical chemistry, but my true passion has always been writing. At Homegrounds.co, I can combine the two, delving into the fascinating science of coffee.
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.
Lei Cruz – Marketing.
I’m a semi-reluctant homebody who enjoys cold brew in the company of two Dachshunds, Mommy Dog and Bibbo, and 20 house plants.
I remember hating coffee until I was 20; that hatred resulted from my naive self trying to eat instant coffee powder when I was 5. That hatred blossomed into a love affair after having my first cold brew in a quaint coffee shop in the mountains of Antipolo. My love for coffee (and pastries) has encouraged me to run a small coffee shop with a couple of friends. As my passion for coffee grew, I started working at HomeGrounds.co to help share coffee brewing tips that work
Alex Mastin – CEO, Writer & Product Researcher.
My world consists of coffee, travel, water sports and dogs…sometimes all at the same time! I spent years as a travelling barista where I learnt the art of brewing-coffee-on-the-road. I'm a bit of a street art fanatic, and my favorite type of adventure usually ends at a coffee plantation.
In 2014, my love of coffee pushed me to start writing for and building out Homegrounds.co, in order to share my passion with the rest of the world.
Coffee of choice: “V60 pour over coffee with a single origin bean from central America”