Brian grew up in Anchorage, AK, where the cold, dark winters welcomed a strong influence from the Pacific Northwest's coffee culture. Like many Alaskans, Brian has an undying love of travel and strong sense of adventure. His travels have taken him all over the world, including visits to coffee farms in Indonesia, Costa Rica, and Guatemala (albeit before buying his first roaster).


After attending college in Colorado, he and his (now) wife moved to Rhode Island where they started jobs in the "real world." Six months later, Brian quit his job. He eventually found his way into the New England film scene where he works as a free-lance lighting technician, helping to give the actors that twinkle in their eyes. Long hours and often late nights only heightened Brian's love for great coffee. Frustrated with the chain-dominated New England coffee scene, he began home-roasting in 2010 and bringing his coffee to set.


Word quickly spread and crew members began requesting his coffee (and in some cases, the actors). Seeing an opportunity, Brian started Borealis Coffee Company as a way to provide film crews with great coffee (first officially appearing on set of the movie "Black Mass," to be released in 2015). Whether it's a film set, a French press with the Sunday paper, or just a caffeine fix to get you out the door in the morning, Brian sincerely hopes to provide you with the best coffees he can find.


Borealis means "from the north" in Latin and is an homage to the founder's roots.