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Lucas Smith,
Owner & Founder

Lucas, a Westport, Connecticut local, is ILSE Coffee's roaster and green coffee buyer. Several years ago, Lucas fell in love with coffee the first time he had a cup that he believed "actually tasted like something". Since then, his life has completely changed and is now committed to helping people experience how truly special (and life-changing) coffee can be. 

Rebecca Grossman, Owner & Founder

Rebecca, originally from the Berkshires, has a background in studying and making art and is therefore ILSE Coffee's head of all things visual. She's always had a deep love and appreciation for specialty food and drink, and is looking forward to sharing this passion with others through her work with ILSE. 

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"We believe, like with most things, starting with the best raw product is extremely important. We look for coffees that are naturally sweet and flavorful, as we have a strong appreciation for a fruit-forward cup. With that being said, we are an ingredient-driven coffee company.

Our goal as coffee roasters is to bring out the natural sweetness and flavor
that is a result of all the hard work done by producers at origin. We never want to impart any roast flavor in our already beautifully vibrant coffees. We want to bring out the truth in the coffee we buy."

- Lucas & Rebecca