Bio of Chris Schooley

Biography of Chris Schooley
I got my first coffee job in 1997 at Margie’s Java Joint in Greeley, CO. In order to save up money to move to Chicago, I got a job on the painting line at a Halloween mask factory where I painted the fangs on thousands of Draculas and fell in love with production and warehouse work. In 1999, I was hired by Intelligentsia Coffee and Tea in Chicago, IL where I managed their first retail location. I eventually worked my way into production and began roasting in 2001.

I attended the second ever Roasters Guild Retreat in Delavan, WI in 2002 and in 2004 began volunteering for the SCAA and Roasters Guild in roasting and cupping classes. Working on these roasting classes gave me the opportunity to work on and become familiar with a number of different roaster models, which has been invaluable in helping me to understand roasting concepts in depth. I’ve also assisted in moving roasting facilities and the assembly and rebuilding of a number of roasters. Having served as a volunteer for years, I was elected to the Roasters Guild Executive Council in 2008 and served as Chair for 2011-2012.

In 2005 I went to work at Metropolis Coffee Company as the head roaster and green coffee buyer. We were recognized as Roast Magazine’s Micro-Roaster of the Year in 2007. I’ve been a regular contributor to Roast Magazine for more than 8 years. I left Metropolis Coffee Company in good hands in 2009 and moved with my family to Fort Collins, CO. It was then that Thompson Owen asked me if I would be interested in helping him with a project that he had in mind for taking what they were doing at Sweet Maria’s and figuring out a way to create a service for small roasters all over who were really excited about roasting amazing coffees but didn’t necessarily have the access to them. I was immediately in love with the idea and it’s been incredibly rewarding to see how Coffee Shrub has grown and continues to be a great service to coffee roasters all over the world.

I’ve roasted on:
23 Kilo, 40 Kilo, 90 Kilo Gothots, as well as 3 and 4 barrel Gothot sample roasters
L12, UG15 Kilo, GG45 Kilo Probats, as well as Probatinos and single, dual, 3, and 4 barrel sample roasters, both gas and electric
IR3, IR12, IR24 Diedrichs
YM2, YM15 Ambex
US Roaster Corp 3 Kilo Shop Roasters and USRC sample roasters
10 Kilo Samiac
Various Jabez-Burns, Geisen, Proaster, Joper, Toper, Has Garanti, San Franciscan, and others.

I am happy to answer questions about the coffees listed on Shrub - you can email me directly at