David Gaines, CEO
David Gaines is passionate about Social Enterprise and using business for good. Through La Terza and his other entrepreneurial endeavors, he loves creatively challenging the traditional business status quo and incorporating life-bringing ideas into everyday business practices. He is the Board Chair of the Greater Cincinnati chapter of the Social Enterprise Alliance where he works to foster connections and provide resources for other social entrepreneurs in Cincinnati. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, hiking, cycling, and spending time with his wife Beth and son Parker.
Robert Mbabazi, Master Roaster
Robert is a professional Coffee Quality Controller, Roaster and Barista Trainer with over ten years of experience in the field. He has substantial work experience in all aspects of the coffee industry including green coffee bean grading, roasting, cupping, marketing, and barista skills and training. Originally hailing from Uganda, he has also spent several years living in coffee producing countries. Combining a strong analytical perspective within the small business and coffee industries, and significant experience in practical skills, he strives to positively contribute to the development and success of the highest quality coffee components from bean to cup. Robert loves British Premiere League soccer, playing chess, and cooking. He can often be found exploring Cincinnati’s parks and restaurants with his wife and two daughters.
Benjamin Mick, Equipment Specialist & Café Manager
Ben has loved coffee since waking up early and making it for his parents at age ten. He enjoys tinkering with things and the art of espresso machines.
Mike Gaines, Wholesale Manager
Mike was born and raised in Cincinnati. He is the younger brother of our CEO and long time friends with the Founder, so his role at La Terza became a natural fit with the company. He started drinking coffee early on in college with lots of cream and sugar, but eventually developed a palate for great quality roasted coffee! Working in both retail and food service for a number of years has helped Mike develop a thriving sense of passion in service and hospitality. As an employee with La Terza, he uses his experience to share coffee knowledge and fulfill the needs of others. From the coffee bean to the cup, he has learned that there is a story in which we are all a part of and one worth sharing over a cup of phenomenal coffee.
Chuck Pfahler, Brand Creator / Chief Educator
Chuck Pfahler has been involved in specialty coffee in Cincinnati for over 15 years. He is the brand founder of La Terza Artisan Coffee Roasterie. Chuck is currently serving as lead barista trainer and teaches many of our classes.
Carly Pritchard, Marketing & Operations
Carly is La Terza’s resident Marketing Guru and Operations Manager, and she oversees the day-to-day operations at the Roasterie. Her favorite part of coffee is the way it can transform communities for the better. She hopes to use her skills as a marketer to educate others about the importance of fair and sustainable business practices, especially in the coffee industry. When she’s not practicing her latte art at La Terza, she can be found cooking, camping, or messing around on her sewing machine.
Aaron Parker, Educator & Tour Guide
As an English as a Second Language teacher at Aiken High School in College Hill, Aaron takes the talents and treasures of his international students and develops each student to their fullest potential. As the tour guide of La Terza’s Roasterie Tours, Aaron is amazed by the talents and treasures of the international coffees of La Terza and how they are roasted to express their individuality. At the Roasterie, Aaron enjoys sharing the history, science, art, and culture of coffee with people in search of a great cup of coffee with a conscious! At home, Aaron enjoys the simple joy of sharing a pour over with his wife and waiting for the day his son will do the same.
Steve Davis, Educator & Café Support
Steve returned to Cincinnati, after a long career in the railroad industry, and discovered La Terza as a customer before joining the team. He is excited to pursue his passion for coffee and share what he is learning with others.
Annie Esposito, Wholesale Consultant