Tim O'Connor

Tim O'Connor opened Pacific Espresso in 1980, specializing in espresso equipment repair and drink preparation training. He continued to grow his business with a focus on increasing the quality of espresso in the U.S. In 1983 he formed an alliance with Illycaffe and developed brand recognition for Illy on the Central California Coast. Additionally, he started introducing La Marzocco espresso machines, then a tiny company in Florence, Italy that built machines that innovatively addressed the different temperature needs of espresso brewing and milk steaming.

Today Pacific Espresso, continues to provide equipment, support services, roasted coffee and teas to family-owned and large corporate coffee bars, and restaurants. O'Connor still maintains a hands-on approach to coffee quality and personally selects the coffees that comprise his coffee and espresso blends.

In 1986 he launched Puro Caff, the first U.S, espresso machine cleaner, and worked with the National Sanitary Foundation (NSF) to develop standards to evaluate espresso machine cleaners, for health and safety concerns. O'Connor built the Puro Caff brand into a globally recognized leader in espresso cleaning products, and sold the brand in 2005.

In 1994, he and a handful for espresso professionals acquired La Marzocco and opened an additional manufacturing facility in Seattle. This group of passionate professionals grew this innovative company to the global industry leading entity that it is today.

O'Connor has been involved with the SCAA since 1989 and presented lectures on espresso at SCAA and National Restaurant Association conferences in the early 1990's. He served on the board of directors from 2004 - 2008. His focus continues to be in increasing quality in the cup and education.

An avid cyclist, O'Connor regularly rides along the California coastal mountains and participates in a number of century rides each year.