Teacher Spotlight: Michael Rice of Mad Priest Coffee Roasters

Our growing class list would be quite difficult to pull off without the awesome instructors - and businesses - we've been so honored to meet.  We'd like to give you the same opportunity to get to know our Chattery teachers a bit better. 

Meet Michael Rice from Mad Priest Coffee Roasters and don't miss the Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony on March 23! 

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Mad Priest Coffee is the brainchild of Michael Rice. In addition to the entrepreneur in his blood, he's also got a strong background in sales/management and barista and roasting certifications through Counter Culture Coffee and the SCA. Before coming to join the coffee scene in Chattanooga a year ago as manager at The Camp House, he and his wife, Cherita, spent a few years living in India and working in the newly booming coffee industry there. Michael loves to use coffee as a means to integrate and teach about all different types of cultures and people. Having travelled to many different parts of the world, Michael wants to share those experiences and bring more culture and diversity to Chattanooga.

How did you get started in your profession?

Originally through home roasting on a little popcorn popper 7 years ago.

Why do you love Chattanooga?

The people! Chattanooga has some amazing folks doing some wonderful things. It was collectively many of these people who enabled us to launch Mad Priest Coffee, even though we had only been in Chattanooga less than a year!

What's one topic you'd like to learn through The Chattery?

Government and politics

What's something someone would be surprised to learn about you?

When I was 12, I was in a boy band produced by the same producer who created New Kids on the Block.