Meet The Trainers

Alterra Coffee Roasters is fully equipped with two well-seasoned, veteran baristas who lead our barista training program.
Colin Whitcomb
Colin has called Alterra at the Lake home since the summer of 2006 and was one of the first baristas certified under the new training program. A Mequon native, Colin had some coffee experience prior to joining the Alterra family, but believes no job can really compare to his experience here. The wild pace of working in the city's busiest café has shown him that quality never has to suffer, even when facing an order line that can reach up to 25 drinks.
"You have to stay in the moment at all times. It's a great opportunity actually - we get that many more opportunities to hone our skills."
Outside of the café setting,Colin WhitcombColin's barista experiences include competing at the 2007 Millrock Latte Art Competition in Atlanta and the 2008 Great Lakes Regional Barista Competition in Milwaukee. He also watched the '08 US Barista Championship in Atlanta with avid, unrelenting attention and was riveted by the videos of the nation's top baristas for weeks after. When Colin's not busy training, he can still be found pouring drinks at Alterra at the Lake, growing orchids, and, not surprisingly, discussing the finer points of all things coffee.
Scott Lucey
Scott LuceyScott began his time with Alterra Coffee Roasters in 2001, working behind the bar at the Alterra's Prospect café. The café, which also houses Alterra's roasting and warehouse operation, was the perfect environment for this budding interest in all things coffee. Scott developed his skills on the espresso machine and established his role as a coffee leader within the company. With a couple years' experience, Scott got a taste of the national barista community.
"I went to a Barista Guild of America jam down in Chicago. It was amazing; there I was getting to know fellow baristas from all over, most of them competitors who I've been admiring through articles and online postings. Side by side I was pulling shots and pouring latte art with the likes of a USBC champion! I couldn't believe it!"
Coming back home fueled with coffee passion, Scott put the world of barista competition on his radar as he stepped into the training department at Alterra.