Kristen is co-owner and co-founder of modern coffee, a coffee taproom and roaster that opened in downtown Oakland in 2009. Before opening modern, Kristen spent 10+ years learning the craft of coffee at Peet’s Coffee & Tea, first as a barista and then as a trainer and educator. At modern, Kristen and her team serve up a rotating selection of their favorite coffees from around the country. As of 2015, the rotation now includes their own coffee, which they roast on a vintage 22kilo Probat in Emeryille. For Kristen, modern is not simply about being a place that serves quality coffee and tea; it’s also about providing a warm, welcoming space for the downtown Oakland community.