Mike McGinnis is the "head bean" at Compass. Recently he wrote,
Compass Coffee wrote:I joined this forum 2 years before turning coffee professional. Involvement here was a big part of developing the skills as barista to have the confidence (and ignorance!) to purchase an existing cafe and at the same time transition from advanced profile controlled home roasting over 5 years to larger (still small by commercial standards) batch commercial roasting. Staying involved here on Home-Barista is simply part of who I was, am, and will always be with feet firmly in both camps.
Mike's roastery is a short drive from where I live, and one of my favorite pasttimes is to drop by and talk coffee over the classic rock 'n roll that's always playing. He's still as enthusiastic about his coffee as any hobbyist on these boards. Coffee isn't his only hobby. He's a competition barbecuer too.
Mike has a spiced muscovato signature drink that's the best combination of coffee and milk I've tasted. It's perfect in wintry weather, or anytime, really. He combines Billington's natural unrefined muscovado sugar with Vietnamese cinnamon, Jamaican allspice and a touch of cayenne, and blends these into a cappuccino. I invite you to combine these ingredients to your taste.