Erich Rosenberg talks fast and moves between subjects even faster. You might blame it on the coffee; after all, he's the head roaster for Novo Coffee
, so continuous coffee-tasting is a big part of his job. But after you listen for a few minutes, it's clear that his energy is fueled by passion for his work rather than caffeine overload. And that excitement spills over as he talks about the company founded by CEO Jake Brodsky, his brother Joseph and their father, Herb, in 2002. Rosenberg and Herb Brodsky literally spin in place (Herb's patented move) as they discuss Novo's commitment to people -- both customers and employees -- and its roasting facility in the River North neighborhood.
See also: The Pie's the Limit for Pastry Chef John Hinman of the Post Brewing Co.