Claudia McMullin, Founder & CEO
Rescue Dog: Hugo
Owner and Founder, Claudia McMullin is a “reformed lawyer,” in her own words. She moved to the small town of Park City, Utah after leaving the bustle of the east coast when looking for a change of pace.
When a concession popped up for a local coffee shop inside the Park City Visitor’s Center, Claudia made another jump and purchased the shop. Which led her down the path of hunting for a quality coffee roaster to supply the shop. When she couldn’t find one that fit her needs, she decided to roast her own. And so Hugo Coffee Roasters was born.
Since 2018, Hugo Coffee’s mission has been to give back to animal rescue organizations and save dogs. Claudia even named it after her own sweet rescue dog, Hugo. As a woman-owned coffee roaster, Claudia has gained much acclaim as an industry professional with collaborations with PepsiCo, FritoLay and the Stacy’s Rise project.
John Lynn, Head Roaster
Rescue Dog: Rivers
John Lynn, Head Roaster and Production Manager, is a Hugo Coffee Roasters Original. He teamed up with owner, Claudia McMullin, in 2015 to start Hugo Coffee Roasters and the rest is history. John hails from the great state of Louisiana where from a young age he was exposed to great food and coffee. John remembers being 5 years old, sitting at his granny’s breakfast table, drinking his coffee milk (coffee milk being mostly warm milk mixed with sugar and coffee). This is where his lifelong love and passion of coffee started.
John has now been in Utah for 17 years and has found a love for the mountains. Even though he can still be found wandering the streets of New Orleans from time to time he has found a permanent home out west.
When not in the Hugo Coffee Roasting facility, John can be found fishing alpine lakes, wandering through slot canyons, cooking classic Cajun dishes with friends, or spending time with good ole Riv Pup. Riv Pup (or Rivers) is John’s rescue dog he got on June 8th of 2016 from a local non-profit animal rescue Nuzzle & Co. Rivers is lovingly referred to as a “supermutt” because he seems to be a little bit of everything. Rivers’ hobbies include all day naps, anything tennis ball related, and hanging out on the river obviously.
Office and Animal Philanthropy Manager
Rescue Dog: Coming Soon
Beth joined Team Hugo in August 2017. Beth moved to Park City with her family in 1995 from Coronado, California. While she has lived in “PC” for most of her life, she is still a California girl at heart and enjoys beach vacations and sunny days! During the winter months, she is the ultimate ‘indoor’ girl, watching all the newest television shows (or re-watching some classic shows for the hundredth time) and playing trivia or board games with her friends and family.
In 2005, Beth rescued a 2-year-old Black and Tan Coonhound, Scarlet, from a local non-profit organization that is now Nuzzles & Co. In May of 2020, Scarlet crossed the rainbow bridge after a long, wonderful, and, because she was a hound, mischievous life. Beth will open her home and heart to another rescue dog in the future, but for now, she frequently ‘dognaps’ her parents dog (who also reside in Park City), a 2-year-old terrier mix named Eddie, to satisfy her dog snuggle needs!
A cup of black Bonafido is what gets Beth’s day going, although she can be spotted with a seasonal pumpkin spice latte from time to time!
Director of Marketing
Rescue Cat: Kitty
Lydia Martinez has over 17 years of retail, event and digital marketing experience. With her specialty in event, food, restaurant and culinary marketing, she joined the team in 2020 to streamline the Hugo Coffee marketing strategy and expand the marketing team. Lydia is passionate about cause-based marketing and helping businesses tell their story and fulfill their mission (which made her the perfect fit for Hugo).
Lydia loves reading, old movies, climbing, and a good culinary smackdown TV show. She is an avid coffee drinker and is a big fan of the Hugo Cold Brew, the new Single Serving Brew Bags and her favorite roast, Roll Over Breakfast Blend. She goes through 3 bags a month.
Her rescue cat is named Kitty because she and her husband could not agree on a name and after 2 years, “Kitty” stuck. Kitty is very judgy when Lydia has to work instead of nap. But someone has to pay for catnip and treats.
Blaine is 23 years old and from Texas. After a long stint of traveling, which included exploring the Wasatch Mountains, Blaine fell in love with all the beauty and activities Utah has to offer, and moved to Salt Lake City in June of 2018.
Blaine started out as a bagger and warehouse assistant, but he has now also been learning how to roast coffee, and is Hugo Coffee Roasters’ newest roaster apprentice. Blaine immensely enjoys his role in the company and the people he works with each day. While he doesn’t have a dog of his own, he is surrounded by many canine friends that belong to those around him, and he is very happy to see and pet them almost daily.
Aside from mountain running (LOTS of mountain running) and working, most of Blaine’s time is spent eating and resting. Blaine cooks often, but also loves scavenging around town for the best baked goods and Indian food. In his own words, “I guess I am glad that my biological needs have become my hobbies. It makes for a simple time.”
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