Alex Fisenko, known in the coffee industry as the “godfather of espresso,” and founder of his popular Espresso Business Success Program passed away on January 21st, 2007. We remember Alex for his role as a pioneer in our industry, having inspired and assisted coffee shop entrepreneurs across the country for over 20 years. His presence will surely be missed.

In his memory, Andrew Hetzel and CafeMakers have a donation in Alex’s name to CoffeeKids, an organization established to improve the quality of life for children and families who live in coffee growing regions around the world.

Alex was known in the coffee industry as the “godfather of espresso.” His focus was to bring knowledge and attention to detail to aspiring coffee minded entrepreneurs. Alex will be remembered for his seminars and training programs including ‘Espresso Business Success’. His expertise and passion for the specialty coffee business has helped thousands of entrepreneurs and corporate companies realize their dreams of success.

Alex Fisenko started serving up great espresso back in 1969 in Berkley, Ca. Owning several shops of his own and consulting for numerous individuals and companies, Fisenko helped pioneer a little known concept here in the United States, the specialty coffee industry. Today there are thousands of coffee shops that serve espresso based coffee drinks in America and Canada that have benefited from Alex’s teachings.