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Coffee & Espresso Expert Holly Bastin
Tasting coffees from all over the USA at Roast Ratings
  • Holly Bastin

    I‘m Holly, a coffee expert from Kansas City.

    I started in coffee back in 1999, drawn to the culture and people it seemed to attract. Little did I know at 19 that I had just started what would become a full blown, international coffee career. Over the first decade I fell in love with espresso as a craft. As a manager, trainer, quality control manager for a serious roasting company, I spent days and days at an espresso machine, pulling shot after shot, trying to better understand what made a better brew. Through that same company I began to compete in the SCA Barista Championships, as well as judge and eventually coach competitors, hoping to get the chance to coach someone at the World Barista Championship. And, around 2013, I finally got the chance, coaching Pete Licata to win!

    From there, we formed our own consulting firm and coffee rating company (Roast Ratings). Over the next 5 years we had amazing opportunities to teach and train around the world, exploring all the different ways that coffee culture manifested In different countries. When back in KC, I did my best to keep some jobs that allowed me to work with customers, whether on bar or recommending coffee gear at a local pro shop. And always tasting new coffees.

    Since all the changes that 2020 brought, I’ve been focused more on my local coffee scene here - helping some cafe owners navigate new challenges, training new baristas, and pulling the occasional bar shift myself. My favorite thing about coffee? It’s the people part, even after all of these years!

    I've helped 243 people find the right product - I'd love to help you too!
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    CategoryCoffee & Espresso Expert
    Customers helped243
    Current locationKansas City, MO
    My QualificationBarista Championship Coach
    Favorite drinkCold Brew Coffee
    Favorite cocktailRye Old Fashioned
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    I've helped 243 people find the right product - I'd love to help you too!
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    Reviewer: Emerson
    Emerson's experience with Holly
    Loved Curated. So many options for Espresso machines and I would have never chosen the machine we ended with just based on esthetics, but after speaking with Holly and realizing it it had so many other features that were more important, glad she helped guide me to make the decision based upon priorities rather than pictures.
    Verified Review | Submitted on Jan 5, 2023
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    Reviewer: Ryan
    Very helpful!
    This is the first time I've used Curated (honestly never heard of it before today) and Holly did a great job! I'll be back!
    Verified Review | Submitted on Jan 20, 2023
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    Reviewer: Toni
    Holly was awesome helped me make a decision I had been struggling with.
    Holly helped me find an espresso machine that is just right for me.
    Verified Review | Submitted on Dec 20, 2022
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    Reviewer: Félix
    Félix's experience with Holly
    Holly was super responsive and gave out great advises!
    Verified Review | Submitted on Oct 7, 2022
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    Reviewer: Craig Bloom
    Craig Bloom's experience with Holly
    Thanks!!!
    Verified Review | Submitted on Oct 28, 2022
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