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Meet our team

Cappuccino Man is a company built upon the promise to deliver quality service to our clients and guests. That's why each of our baristas are professionally trained, hand-picked, and part of the family. 

DETROIT, MI

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elliot lewkow | @capman29

Elliot is the founder and owner of Cappuccino Man who pioneered the "coffeehouse on wheels" concept after moving from California to Michigan in 1992. The original concept was to sell steamer machines married to a cold brew espresso. Soon thereafter, a catering opportunity arose and Cappuccino Man was born. He is proud that after 25 years business is booming. Elliot feels confident about the future as daughter, Sarah assumes leadership of the company. 

 
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SARAH LEWKOW | @sosiebaby2

Sarah Lewkow started working behind the cart on a step stool at the age of 10. Throughout college Sarah sharpened her barista skills while working at Biggby Coffee in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Sarah also spent 5 years crafting espresso drinks at Plum Market in the Zingermans Cafe in West Bloomfield, Michigan. After receiving a bachelors degree from Western Michigan University, Sarah became part owner and general manager of Cappuccino Man Michigan.

 

Laverne Jones

Laverne's love for coffee began at the age of 13 when he was gifted a used espresso machine. He used to throw latte parties in high school for his friends and family, soon thereafter, Laverne started working in the food industry in various capacities. Eventually he became the assistant manager of Ellen's Bakery and Cafe, where he perfected his skills as a barista. Laverne has been working for Cappuccino Man for five years and hopes to one day open his own coffee lounge.

 
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Eric Harthun

Eric recently moved back to Michigan from Brooklyn where he spent six years working behind the bar at multiple third wave coffee shops. He developed his latte art skills and was even peer pressured into entering a barista competition once. Outside of the coffee business, he is an avid skateboarder, musician, and homebrewer of craft beer.

 
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BRYAN LACKNER

Bryan has been in the coffee business for some time now. He once made a latte for Steve Yzerman and somehow maintained his composure through the process. He has been working with Cappuccino Man since July of 2016 and enjoys being part of such a solid team, as well as caffeinating the good people of Michigan as often as he can.

 
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CLARE CARR | @clar3mily

Clare joined the Cappuccino Man team in October of 2016. Since then,  she has refined her barista skills and is making a lot of progress with her latte art. When Clare is not working for Cappuccino Man, she supervises school-based programs at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Detroit. In her spare time, Clare enjoys practicing and teaching yoga, climbing and riding her bike.

LOS ANGELES, CA

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NOAH LEWKOW | @thebroah

Noah moved to Los Angeles from the suburbs of Detroit in 2003 to pursue a career in the skateboarding industry while finishing his college education at Cal Poly Pomona. In 2013 while working at a skateboard shop in Venice Beach he decided to launch Cappuccino Man, California as a side gig. The demand for an espresso cart at special events was more than he had anticipated and it quickly became a full-time job. The company has served at over 1000 events in the Los Angeles area over the past 3.5 years with 6 carts, 3 vehicles, and about 10 baristas. 

 
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Zoe katsaros

Zoë is a New York City native with a background in theatre and music. She ventured to LA to pursue the arts and it is here that she discovered her love of coffee. Trained formally through Verve and with experience at Tiago Espresso Bar in Hollywood, she has since developed quite a passion for it. Now she is a full time yoga instructor and works with Cap Man when she isn't teaching. This company not only allows her to do everything she loves at once, but also led her to her writing partner, Sara Casey.

 

SARA CASEY | @saraksee

Sara is a twenty-four year old aspiring filmmaker - assistant to director Stephen Gyllenhaal by day, and barista by night. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, she was trained by Verve and Linea before moving to LA and working at Flowerboy Project in Venice, CA while in school. Much of her projects as a filmmaker stem from the experiences she has had working in the service industry and even met her current writing partner (Zoe Katsaros) through working with Noah and the Cappuccino Man brand.

 
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REBEKKAH CEFAI | @all_our_wonder

Rebekkah is a twenty-five year old student, mother, and wedding photographer with a love for coffee and the community it fosters. In 2013, she received formal coffee training from a third wave shop called Dripp in Chino Hills, and ever since then she has toured throughout the LA area and Portland seeking out shops and tasting different coffee varieties. She currently works alongside Noah and has fun supporting the Cappuccino Man business.

 

Brian Baca | @_cosmokramer

Brian is originally from Portland, Oregon and moved to Los Angeles about five years ago to pursue a career in the skateboarding industry. Being from the Pacific Northwest he was always surrounded by coffee enthusiasts and quality third wave coffee shops. He is also naturally talented sketch artist which helped him to quickly and easily learn how to steam milk properly and pour latte art. His training comes exclusively from working behind the CapMan cart and he is now a staple on the SoCal barista team.

 
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Samantha Henning | @samkhenning

Sam is an actor who works as a barista to feed herself and fuel her dreams. She is a New Jersey native who earned her BFA in acting from DePaul University in Chicago. She also enjoys photography, laughing at her own jokes, and finding every possible opportunity to adventure like a child. She also has an adorable dog named Batman. Sam currently works in Santa Monica at a third wave coffee shop called Demitasse.