Andy Reiland is a videographer, photographer, graphic designer, and self-proclaimed creative, working as Creative Director in Cafe Imports’ marketing department. Andy started with Cafe Imports on April Fool’s Day 2014, as a classic April Fool’s Day joke—but as it turned out the punchline was that it would be his job to deliver top-notch visual content to Cafe Imports’ catalog for years to come.
Andy’s professional background stems from his camp counselor/directing years at YMCA Camp Minikani in Wisconsin. After completing a B.A. in entrepreneurship at the University of St. Thomas and a B.A. in studio art from Macalester College, Andy established a printmaking studio in Minneapolis called Freehand Press, where he offered branding, design, and screenprinting services.
Andy was born in 1986 and raised in Milwaukee, Wis., where he was the son to a loving mother and father, and a sibling to his three brothers. For high school, Andy was a student at Marquette University High School, where he met the one they call “Noah Namowicz”—little did Andy know that more than a decade later, Noah would contact him to print shirts for Cafe Imports, and then eventually to travel the world and document coffee for the company.
Calling upon coffee as a muse, Andy’s mission at Cafe Imports is to supplement the importing process with proper documentation, aiming to pass along the story and celebrate the remarkable places of coffee through a visual narrative. Beyond that, Andy aims to help further the innovation and development that Cafe Imports seeks to provide the specialty-coffee Industry.
Andy’s hobbies include trail running, attentively following stand-up comedy, and blindly subscribing to life-improvement tips he hears on podcasts.
You can follow him on Instagram @andyreiland.