Daniel Picker has been passionate about coffee since he was 16 years old. Fascinated by this complex beverage, he has been working in the field of flavours and aromas for over 30 years. The story begins by coincidence, at the corner coffee shop, where he repairs a coffeemaker as a client. He had no idea that this first experience would bring him to work for one of the largest roasters in Quebec. In Sherbrooke, he gained experience while working at the Réserve du cafetier and at the Brûlerie de café and in Quebec, he worked at Rôtisserie de café. In Montreal, while at Christophe Van Houtte, he built his first double barrel roaster in addition to serving as the Technical Services Director at AL Van Houtte for 4 years.
His expertise covers the entire roasting process. His technical knowledge has driven him to create an efficient recirculation system, but also to fine tune any type of coffee roasting machine. One look at the roasted beans or one taste of the coffee will tell him where the roasting problems arise, and which appropriate solution is required to improve product quality.
For Daniel Picker, coffee roasting is an art as complex as wine-making, and it requires that its artisans be passionate and knowledgeable of the product they wish to share with large size corporate clients as well as corner coffee shops through consulting.