Alec Mandla had his first life-changing cup of coffee in 2011 at a small cafe in Chicago, Illnois. This small cup of coffee ignited a passion for the bean that led him into innumerable rabbit holes which continues to this day. A love for great espresso and a disdain for the typical coffee found at events prompted Alec to create his own specialty catering company called Lost and Found Coffee. In time, Lost and Found was sold to the venerable Tinker Coffee Co., an award-winning coffee roaster in Indianapolis, Indiana. Over the last couple of years, Alec has had the opportunity to learn from some of the most influential coffee educators in the world and has earned teaching certifications in multiple categories through the Specialty Coffee Association. 2020 provided an ample opportunity to formalize the class structures and since that time, Alec has taught thousands of students from around the country both in person and virtually.