Our Staff

mattMatt Godard


Matt grew up in the Syracuse area his whole life. He loves the city. That is why he chose to stay here and pursue his passion for coffee. Matt enjoys making drinks in any of the cafes. When he is not at work he enjoys his down time at home with his wife and three kids. Favorite Syracuse locale: Dinosaur BBQ, Favorite Kubal beverage: The Eastwood. Follow Matt on Twitter @matt_godard Facebook: Matt Godard Contact Matt at matt@cafekubal.com

ChrisChris Deferio

- Lead Barista

Chris grew up in Syracuse, got into coffee while in Bible college and has been in the industry ever since. Chris has worked in many different shops as a barista, trainer and manager. He has been involved in barista competitions for a good portion of his career being a finalist in several and winning several. (4th place United states Barista Championship 2007, 3 time Coffee Fest Latte art Champion) He moved back to Syracuse to work with Matt at Cafe Kubal, and it has been a great decision he has made in his coffee career. Chris is in charge of barista training at Cafe Kubal to ensure the quality of each drink. He lives in Eastwood with his wife, Lynnsy (who designed the interior for University Cafe) Favorite Kubal beverage is either an espresso or a Chemex brewed Kenyan. Contact Chris at Chris@cafekubal.com

PeterPeter Pullen

- Roaster 

Peter grew up in Pennsylvania. The cafe environment has always been a part of his life, starting at the dinner table where his family shared tea, coffee, and conversations with people from around the globe.  He received a professional degree of architecture from Syracuse University in 2011 and found that working at a local coffee company was a great opportunity to pursue his interests in design, illustration, and particularly coffee. If he’s not at work, he’s somewhere in the city sketching or reading a book. Favorite Kubal beverage: Kenyan Pour-Over (Sumatra if he’s being philosophical) or a 12oz latte. Contact Peter at Peter@cafekubal.com

christinaChristina Trout

- VP of Opertation / Marketing Director

Christina grew up in Taipei, a city that has a cafe on almost every street corner. She relocated to Syracuse where she received her MFA in Video Art at SU. In the Fall of 2011, Christina met with Matt Godard who offered her a wonderful opportunity to learn about coffee industry. Christina is in charge of Cafe Kubal’s print media, retail design, on-line presentation as well as social media marketing. Besides all the fun projects at Cafe Kubal, Christina designs wedding/party invitations on the side. Her favorite cafe drink is a Brazil pour-over in the morning or a cappuccino in the afternoon. Contact Christina at Christina@cafekubal.com

BeckyBecky Benedict

-VP of Retail / Regional Manager

Becky has lived in Syracuse all of her life and grew up around family that seemed to always be drinking coffee. However, it wasn’t until she joined the CafeKubal team in May 2011 that she learned to have a true appreciation and love for the beverage. Becky has a bachelors degree in Illustration from Syracuse University. Outside of managing the cafe, Becky likes to spend time with her family and friends and attempting to create things through writing, illustrating, and knitting. Her favorite drink at CafeKubal is either a cappuccino or a Brazil pour-over. Contact Becky at Becky@cafekubal.com

TaylorTaylor Randolph

- Eastwood Cafe Manager 

Growing up dancing at Light of the World Ballet, Taylor would always stop by Eastwood Cafe after classes. She had always admired the baristas’skills at Cafe Kubal, so much so that she was inspired to learn the skills herself. In the Spring of 2012, Taylor finally joined the Kubal team. After a year of hard work between the cafe and school, Taylor was promoted to be one of the managers. She’s now managing the original cafe that has the most customer interaction that she loves before pursuing the rest of her bachelor study in business. Taylor’s favorite Kubal beverage is either an Iced Rosemary Latte in the Summer or a cappuccino at anytime! Contact Taylor at Taylor@cafekubal.com