Doing homework at a café may be what launched Eli Salomon’s eventual career — and his love affair with coffee. He was in high school in Dallas at the time, an alum of Jewish day school, and took his father’s suggestion that they go to a coffeehouse together and get some schoolwork done.
“That combination of being forced to sit down and do my homework, and doing it while caffeinated, made my GPA skyrocket,” he said. “I went from being below average to being one of the top students in my high school.”
Today the 37-year-old San Francisco resident is CEO Of Voga Coffee, which has reinvented the way coffee is brewed. Its Ground Control Cyclops machine took best new product honors when it launched last year at the Specialty Coffee Expo in Seattle, the highest industry award for commercial coffee-making equipment.
Salomon said his family has always provided inspiration.