Devon was kicked out the back door early in life with not much more than a camera, smile, and his yellow lab to keep him company to explore the mountains of northern Colorado. If the weekend wasn't spent wandering through Zirkel Wilderness it was spent turning wrenches on a snowmobile or Land Cruiser.
The adventure bug bit hard and led him to travel as often as possible while pursuing a degree in Digital Media at CMC Spring Valley and Brooks Institute of Photography. He may have been jet lagged in a few classes, but the power of storytelling as a tool to engage and learn from people and cultures is a lesson he has never forgotten. Following his love for storytelling and technology, he turned his creative skills to product development for Apple. After working in the fast paced world of silicon valley he started his own consultancy, where he has built and managed digital products for NGOs, government, and the private sector for the last ten years.
Devon found coffee through the lens when an NGO project led him and his wife to move to the highlands of Guatemala for a season. There they learned about coffee production, farm economics, and the changing landscape of labor and inheritance that surrounds the coffee industry in Central America. Devon continues to regularly travel to coffee producing countries for his non-profit, building platforms that connect NGOs with local creative talent to collaborate and share their stories. Working at the intersection of technology, art, and science, he now uses this foundation of experience to lead UX research and implementation at Cafe Imports.