Coffee Team


Sue Gerlach, Operations Manager

Sue is our coffee boss! She keeps everything flowing smoothly and efficiently. Sue keeps us on task when we find ourselves contemplating life around the coffee pot. Her other job is running her greenhouse business: Good Root Growers.

Carol Nies,  Bookkeeper

Carol keeps every transaction transparent to ensure the board can manage expenses lean and mean, and do what we do best - maximize giving on behalf of our supporters!

UP roasters

Esdras Tirado, Go To Coffee Guy

The newest member of our team. Esdras is a lover of all things coffee He grew up in a multicultural home and traveled all over the country as young boy. He is a recent transplant from California, He lives in Spring Valley, WI with his Wife and two boys. Esdras studied Graphics design and Photography at Biola University. When Esdras is not providing awesome customer service and support. He runs his Photography Business, Sunlife Photography. You can follow him at @sunlifefoto on Instagram or visit online at Sunlife Photography.

UP Coffee Roasters

Located in Minneapolis, our coffee is small batch custom roasted. Jesse Grote, our master roaster, has tons of experience and a passion for coffee roasting. He loves to talk coffee-  all the nuances of the different varieties and the roasting process. We are really happy to be working with these expert roasters.