Mandolinist and aspiring ethnomusicologist, Alex made his way from a music performance degree to becoming an enthusiastic barista, to coffee roasting, then to founding Nova Coffee Labs. He is also the Mid-Atlantic account trainer for Stumptown Coffee Roasters and Co-Founder of "Coffee District," a DC-based organization to promote professional baristaship and coffee education. You may happen to catch him in DC, off-bar, dancing with his mandolin on stage with a samba or funk band!
Local DC Artist and semi aspiring music teacher, Micherre is the Artistic Director of NCL! Micherre went to the Shenandoah Conservatory of Music to study Double Bass and Music Education. During her time there, she fell in love with the art of coffee through her local coffee shop, Hopscotch Coffee and Records. Since graduation, Micherre moved to the district to work full time with Pineapple and Pearls as a Hybrid Barista. When Micherre is not working, she can be found doodling in cafes around the city, eating noodles, or being really quiet.... or preheating chemex vessels.
Italian versatile educator, singer, and enchanting performer, Marta Rainoldi is the cofounder of NCL along with Alexander Gable. Born and raise in Milan, Marta adds the charming Italian flair to NCL and collaborates both on an artistic and manual level to bring the best coffee experience to people.