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.

Alec's Workshop

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A special note about our photos:

We have taken HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of photos over the years of our students, instructors, and staff — during classes, after classes, and at various gatherings. Throughout this brochure and on our website, you will see many photos that were taken prior to the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. Images of people without masks or not practicing social distancing were taken before the pandemic and before the safety practices were implemented. Please rest assured, we follow all of the safety precautions and guidelines mandated by our local and state health officials. Community means everything to us —we aim to provide a safe environment for all who teach and learn at MASW. If you have any questions or concerns regarding our practices, or would like more detailed information about the school’s health and safety guidelines, please do not hesitate to call or email us!