About Katz Coffee

Since 2003, we’ve served some of Houston’s most highly-acclaimed and discriminating chefs and restaurant & coffeehouse owners. We specialize in small-batch, custom roasting while providing the finest coffee from our farmers around the globe. Our goal is to achieve perfection in every cup.  This commitment starts with sourcing the highest quality “green” beans and the close and careful attention we take in the roasting process. 

Good Coffee Is More Than Just Taste

  • Coffee for Causes

    Giving back to our communities is one of our core values. As part of our Coffee Cause program, we develop community partnerships with non-profit organizations that are closely aligned with our values and mission. For every pound of Cause Coffees sold, we donate 50 cents as unrestricted funds to the organizations.

  • Certified Organic

    We manage a healthy soil base and do not apply pesticides to the coffee. We recycle all cardboard and paper, and local farmers pick up our chaff and the burlap bags the coffee beans ship in to enrich their compost and protect their soil.

  • Direct Trade

    With direct trade, our roasters purchase direct from producers that we have forged relationships with over the years, eliminating unnecessary middlemen and empowering farmers to develop business capacity necessary to compete in the global marketplace.

Katz Coffee Means Incredible Coffee & Quality Service

Meet the team behind the beans.

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Avi "Big Kitty" Katz

The year is 2003 and the place is the Houston Heights. A white Ford F150 cruises effortlessly down 20th Street. The driver is clearly enjoying some intricate and intense techno music as he pulls into the Katz Coffee parking lot. This man is Avi Katz, otherwise known as Big Kitty. He is daily working toward his vision of a company that exceeds customers’ expectations with impeccable quality and customer service. “Fast-Paced” does not begin to describe our fearless leader. He drinks from a red mug every morning. If the drip coffee isn’t ready yet, he pulls a shot of espresso. No one knows what the red mug says; it is a blur in Avi’s hands. With over 18 years in the coffee industry, he is the aficionado on all things coffee and strives for perfection in every cup. He has an undeniable passion for what he does and it is contagious to his team and everyone he meets. Outside his office and away from the warehouses, he is just as speedy. He enjoys kayaking in the bayou and off-roading in his jeep. He lavishes his free time on his loved-ones.

Avi "Big Kitty" Katz

Avi "Big Kitty" Katz

The year is 2003 and the place is the Houston Heights. A white Ford F150 cruises effortlessly down 20th Street. The driver is clearly enjoying some intricate and intense techno music as he pulls into the Katz Coffee parking lot. This man is Avi Katz, otherwise known as Big Kitty. He is daily working toward his vision of a company that exceeds customers’ expectations with impeccable quality and customer service. “Fast-Paced” does not begin to describe our fearless leader. He drinks from a red mug every morning. If the drip coffee isn’t ready yet, he pulls a shot of espresso. No one knows what the red mug says; it is a blur in Avi’s hands. With over 18 years in the coffee industry, he is the aficionado on all things coffee and strives for perfection in every cup. He has an undeniable passion for what he does and it is contagious to his team and everyone he meets. Outside his office and away from the warehouses, he is just as speedy. He enjoys kayaking in the bayou and off-roading in his jeep. He lavishes his free time on his loved-ones.

Avi "Big Kitty" Katz

The year is 2003 and the place is the Houston Heights. A white Ford F150 cruises effortlessly down 20th Street. The driver is clearly enjoying some intricate and intense techno music as he pulls into the Katz Coffee parking lot. This man is Avi Katz, otherwise known as Big Kitty. He is daily working toward his vision of a company that exceeds customers’ expectations with impeccable quality and customer service. “Fast-Paced” does not begin to describe our fearless leader. He drinks from a red mug every morning. If the drip coffee isn’t ready yet, he pulls a shot of espresso. No one knows what the red mug says; it is a blur in Avi’s hands. With over 18 years in the coffee industry, he is the aficionado on all things coffee and strives for perfection in every cup. He has an undeniable passion for what he does and it is contagious to his team and everyone he meets. Outside his office and away from the warehouses, he is just as speedy. He enjoys kayaking in the bayou and off-roading in his jeep. He lavishes his free time on his loved-ones.

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Celina Sandoval

Somewhere beneath a pile of sticky notes dated as far back as 2013, Celina is creating checklists and hiding her coveted gel pens. She began working at Katz Coffee after a short career in video media production working for Houston Public Media. She also brings experience she gained from working for a local energy company. She is the official welcoming committee for new accounts. She plans caterings, demos, and tours (which she also hosts). Her spirit animal is the owl; once she rinses out her glazed terracotta mug she picked up on her honeymoon, she begins her night-shift job as Super-Mom.

Celina Sandoval

Celina Sandoval

Somewhere beneath a pile of sticky notes dated as far back as 2013, Celina is creating checklists and hiding her coveted gel pens. She began working at Katz Coffee after a short career in video media production working for Houston Public Media. She also brings experience she gained from working for a local energy company. She is the official welcoming committee for new accounts. She plans caterings, demos, and tours (which she also hosts). Her spirit animal is the owl; once she rinses out her glazed terracotta mug she picked up on her honeymoon, she begins her night-shift job as Super-Mom.

Celina Sandoval

Somewhere beneath a pile of sticky notes dated as far back as 2013, Celina is creating checklists and hiding her coveted gel pens. She began working at Katz Coffee after a short career in video media production working for Houston Public Media. She also brings experience she gained from working for a local energy company. She is the official welcoming committee for new accounts. She plans caterings, demos, and tours (which she also hosts). Her spirit animal is the owl; once she rinses out her glazed terracotta mug she picked up on her honeymoon, she begins her night-shift job as Super-Mom.

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Renee Murrell

Renee has been the Boss-Man’s go-to girl since 2008. She works in customer service handling all our web orders as well the company’s purchasing, shipping, and micro roasting samples. When SHE needs a little help, her go-to drink is a double Americano made on our Faema E61 Legend. She drinks this from her Lone Star Rally cup, which sports a stylized blue-green Harley. In her off time, her family is her world. She also loves long walks on the beach while admiring the angry surf.

Renee Murrell

Renee Murrell

Renee has been the Boss-Man’s go-to girl since 2008. She works in customer service handling all our web orders as well the company’s purchasing, shipping, and micro roasting samples. When SHE needs a little help, her go-to drink is a double Americano made on our Faema E61 Legend. She drinks this from her Lone Star Rally cup, which sports a stylized blue-green Harley. In her off time, her family is her world. She also loves long walks on the beach while admiring the angry surf.

Renee Murrell

Renee has been the Boss-Man’s go-to girl since 2008. She works in customer service handling all our web orders as well the company’s purchasing, shipping, and micro roasting samples. When SHE needs a little help, her go-to drink is a double Americano made on our Faema E61 Legend. She drinks this from her Lone Star Rally cup, which sports a stylized blue-green Harley. In her off time, her family is her world. She also loves long walks on the beach while admiring the angry surf.

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Emily Raymond

Emily lives the glamorous life of a rock star. When she pulls up into the parking lot, she is often wearing sunglasses regardless of weather conditions and rocking out to Motley Crue. She has been a part of the Katz team for 5 years and works in customer service but mainly handles Accounts Payable/Receivable. She has a mug (“Instant human: Just add Coffee!”), but she isn’t bound to it. She often uses a fly-by-night paper cup or a company cup. She is free spirited and loves to travel with her darling husband, Mike. Her fur babies, Dally and Islay (dogs), enjoy watching sports with their momma.

Emily Raymond

Emily Raymond

Emily lives the glamorous life of a rock star. When she pulls up into the parking lot, she is often wearing sunglasses regardless of weather conditions and rocking out to Motley Crue. She has been a part of the Katz team for 5 years and works in customer service but mainly handles Accounts Payable/Receivable. She has a mug (“Instant human: Just add Coffee!”), but she isn’t bound to it. She often uses a fly-by-night paper cup or a company cup. She is free spirited and loves to travel with her darling husband, Mike. Her fur babies, Dally and Islay (dogs), enjoy watching sports with their momma.

Emily Raymond

Emily lives the glamorous life of a rock star. When she pulls up into the parking lot, she is often wearing sunglasses regardless of weather conditions and rocking out to Motley Crue. She has been a part of the Katz team for 5 years and works in customer service but mainly handles Accounts Payable/Receivable. She has a mug (“Instant human: Just add Coffee!”), but she isn’t bound to it. She often uses a fly-by-night paper cup or a company cup. She is free spirited and loves to travel with her darling husband, Mike. Her fur babies, Dally and Islay (dogs), enjoy watching sports with their momma.

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Lizbeth Romero

Lizbeth specializes in handling all of our customer’s inbound orders and special requests.  Many of our customers ask for her by name when they call. She is a master of multi-tasking and often helps out on additional projects for the Big Kitty.  If her off time, family is a top priority.  She even sips her morning coffee from a mug bearing a large heart given to her by her Aunt.  At the end of even the longest days, Liz puts on her running shoes and heads out for jog soaking in the world around her just to unwind.

Lizbeth Romero

Lizbeth Romero

Lizbeth specializes in handling all of our customer’s inbound orders and special requests.  Many of our customers ask for her by name when they call. She is a master of multi-tasking and often helps out on additional projects for the Big Kitty.  If her off time, family is a top priority.  She even sips her morning coffee from a mug bearing a large heart given to her by her Aunt.  At the end of even the longest days, Liz puts on her running shoes and heads out for jog soaking in the world around her just to unwind.

Lizbeth Romero

Lizbeth specializes in handling all of our customer’s inbound orders and special requests.  Many of our customers ask for her by name when they call. She is a master of multi-tasking and often helps out on additional projects for the Big Kitty.  If her off time, family is a top priority.  She even sips her morning coffee from a mug bearing a large heart given to her by her Aunt.  At the end of even the longest days, Liz puts on her running shoes and heads out for jog soaking in the world around her just to unwind.
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Will Benitez

Since 2007, Big-Perm (aka Dr. Flavor) is part of our Katz Coffee Quality Control Department and also a stellar customer trainer. From the training room to the production warehouse, Will is on top of it all. He is always willing to give help or a word of encouragement. If he sees anyone having anything but a good time, he surprises them with a drink or intricate latte art... or busts out in a funky dance. During morning meetings, he can be seen waving his mug around while speaking, as many of us do, except his mug has udders. Will is unabashedly honest and unique. He has fully embraced the spirit of Katz Coffee.

Will Benitez

Will Benitez

Since 2007, Big-Perm (aka Dr. Flavor) is part of our Katz Coffee Quality Control Department and also a stellar customer trainer. From the training room to the production warehouse, Will is on top of it all. He is always willing to give help or a word of encouragement. If he sees anyone having anything but a good time, he surprises them with a drink or intricate latte art... or busts out in a funky dance. During morning meetings, he can be seen waving his mug around while speaking, as many of us do, except his mug has udders. Will is unabashedly honest and unique. He has fully embraced the spirit of Katz Coffee.

Will Benitez

Since 2007, Big-Perm (aka Dr. Flavor) is part of our Katz Coffee Quality Control Department and also a stellar customer trainer. From the training room to the production warehouse, Will is on top of it all. He is always willing to give help or a word of encouragement. If he sees anyone having anything but a good time, he surprises them with a drink or intricate latte art... or busts out in a funky dance. During morning meetings, he can be seen waving his mug around while speaking, as many of us do, except his mug has udders. Will is unabashedly honest and unique. He has fully embraced the spirit of Katz Coffee.

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Andrew Keith

 In 2006, Katz Coffee gained the best head of hair in the business. Andrew started in production (which he now oversees), but his love of coffee eventually led him into the roasting room where he became our Head Roaster and Purchaser for the green coffee. He provides guidance to our main Roaster, Jesse. He knows how to say “Coffee” in several different languages, but only because his mug has a map of the earth with the word “Coffee” in the native languages of the regions over which the word is placed. He can tell you exactly where to get a cup of “kaffee.” When he gets home and lets his hair down, Andrew is a family-man to his dog Bowie, wife Cyndi, a drummer for Something Fierce (his punk band), and an avid beer sampler.

Andrew Keith

Andrew Keith

 In 2006, Katz Coffee gained the best head of hair in the business. Andrew started in production (which he now oversees), but his love of coffee eventually led him into the roasting room where he became our Head Roaster and Purchaser for the green coffee. He provides guidance to our main Roaster, Jesse. He knows how to say “Coffee” in several different languages, but only because his mug has a map of the earth with the word “Coffee” in the native languages of the regions over which the word is placed. He can tell you exactly where to get a cup of “kaffee.” When he gets home and lets his hair down, Andrew is a family-man to his dog Bowie, wife Cyndi, a drummer for Something Fierce (his punk band), and an avid beer sampler.

Andrew Keith

 In 2006, Katz Coffee gained the best head of hair in the business. Andrew started in production (which he now oversees), but his love of coffee eventually led him into the roasting room where he became our Head Roaster and Purchaser for the green coffee. He provides guidance to our main Roaster, Jesse. He knows how to say “Coffee” in several different languages, but only because his mug has a map of the earth with the word “Coffee” in the native languages of the regions over which the word is placed. He can tell you exactly where to get a cup of “kaffee.” When he gets home and lets his hair down, Andrew is a family-man to his dog Bowie, wife Cyndi, a drummer for Something Fierce (his punk band), and an avid beer sampler.

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Jesse Flores

Jesse is our main roaster. He has been with the company nearly 5 years and has developed a serious love for the craft. He uses espresso cups for his drinks, not mugs. He’s that hardcore. On occasion he has been spotted sipping from his coveted Batman mug (he’s a comic book guy at heart). When he is not at work, he is spending time with his family, cooking, or working on his coffee brewing skills at the house.

Jesse Flores

Jesse Flores

Jesse is our main roaster. He has been with the company nearly 5 years and has developed a serious love for the craft. He uses espresso cups for his drinks, not mugs. He’s that hardcore. On occasion he has been spotted sipping from his coveted Batman mug (he’s a comic book guy at heart). When he is not at work, he is spending time with his family, cooking, or working on his coffee brewing skills at the house.

Jesse Flores

Jesse is our main roaster. He has been with the company nearly 5 years and has developed a serious love for the craft. He uses espresso cups for his drinks, not mugs. He’s that hardcore. On occasion he has been spotted sipping from his coveted Batman mug (he’s a comic book guy at heart). When he is not at work, he is spending time with his family, cooking, or working on his coffee brewing skills at the house.

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Production Team

Every bean we roast passes through the hands or under the eyes of our Production Team. They are the miracle makers at Katz Coffee. They are hard-working and self-sacrificing people who put their hearts into every bag. They play just as hard as they work. After work, they play hard at soccer (when weather allows), and they have been known to dance on occasion. They all love their families and sometimes bring them to lunch. We are very proud of them and admire their dedication.

Production Team

Production Team

Every bean we roast passes through the hands or under the eyes of our Production Team. They are the miracle makers at Katz Coffee. They are hard-working and self-sacrificing people who put their hearts into every bag. They play just as hard as they work. After work, they play hard at soccer (when weather allows), and they have been known to dance on occasion. They all love their families and sometimes bring them to lunch. We are very proud of them and admire their dedication.

Production Team

Every bean we roast passes through the hands or under the eyes of our Production Team. They are the miracle makers at Katz Coffee. They are hard-working and self-sacrificing people who put their hearts into every bag. They play just as hard as they work. After work, they play hard at soccer (when weather allows), and they have been known to dance on occasion. They all love their families and sometimes bring them to lunch. We are very proud of them and admire their dedication.

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Delivery Drivers

These three faces are a familiar sight around Houston and surrounding areas. Gary, Jerry, and Nick (Left to Right) make our regular deliveries and run hot-shots in coffee & tea emergencies. They are truly hardworking and dedicated individuals who show up to work before the sun and who can be seen dancing as they load their trucks regardless of the hour or weather.

Delivery Drivers

Delivery Drivers

These three faces are a familiar sight around Houston and surrounding areas. Gary, Jerry, and Nick (Left to Right) make our regular deliveries and run hot-shots in coffee & tea emergencies. They are truly hardworking and dedicated individuals who show up to work before the sun and who can be seen dancing as they load their trucks regardless of the hour or weather.

Delivery Drivers

These three faces are a familiar sight around Houston and surrounding areas. Gary, Jerry, and Nick (Left to Right) make our regular deliveries and run hot-shots in coffee & tea emergencies. They are truly hardworking and dedicated individuals who show up to work before the sun and who can be seen dancing as they load their trucks regardless of the hour or weather.

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Jesus Garcia

Fixer of all things broken, Jesus takes his job as Lead Technician and his job as Father very seriously. He also takes his recreational artwork seriously, and tidbits of it can be found throughout the office. Over the phone, he can walk a customer through a set of trouble shooting and identify the issue prior to packing up a van and sending a technician for an onsite repair. Customers identify him by his unmistakable voice, even if they can’t remember his name. We can’t say for sure if he rinses out his Venom mug, but we do know that when he sets it on the desk for the night, he is either heading out to care for himself at the gym or care for his son at home.

Jesus Garcia

Jesus Garcia

Fixer of all things broken, Jesus takes his job as Lead Technician and his job as Father very seriously. He also takes his recreational artwork seriously, and tidbits of it can be found throughout the office. Over the phone, he can walk a customer through a set of trouble shooting and identify the issue prior to packing up a van and sending a technician for an onsite repair. Customers identify him by his unmistakable voice, even if they can’t remember his name. We can’t say for sure if he rinses out his Venom mug, but we do know that when he sets it on the desk for the night, he is either heading out to care for himself at the gym or care for his son at home.

Jesus Garcia

Fixer of all things broken, Jesus takes his job as Lead Technician and his job as Father very seriously. He also takes his recreational artwork seriously, and tidbits of it can be found throughout the office. Over the phone, he can walk a customer through a set of trouble shooting and identify the issue prior to packing up a van and sending a technician for an onsite repair. Customers identify him by his unmistakable voice, even if they can’t remember his name. We can’t say for sure if he rinses out his Venom mug, but we do know that when he sets it on the desk for the night, he is either heading out to care for himself at the gym or care for his son at home.

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Service Team

Our Service Technicians are the grease and force that keep our customer’s equipment running smoothly. Don’t let their rugged appearance fool you, they have a unique sense of humor and positivity. They also have a stash of snacks in their fridge. Hera likes to hang out with them, though she is more often in the office. This is the team that knows how to relax after work at the bar or with their loved ones. It has even been rumored that some of them like long walks on the beach.

Service Team

Service Team

Our Service Technicians are the grease and force that keep our customer’s equipment running smoothly. Don’t let their rugged appearance fool you, they have a unique sense of humor and positivity. They also have a stash of snacks in their fridge. Hera likes to hang out with them, though she is more often in the office. This is the team that knows how to relax after work at the bar or with their loved ones. It has even been rumored that some of them like long walks on the beach.

Service Team

Our Service Technicians are the grease and force that keep our customer’s equipment running smoothly. Don’t let their rugged appearance fool you, they have a unique sense of humor and positivity. They also have a stash of snacks in their fridge. Hera likes to hang out with them, though she is more often in the office. This is the team that knows how to relax after work at the bar or with their loved ones. It has even been rumored that some of them like long walks on the beach.

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Hera

Once upon a time, a very sad pitbull wandered into a yard. The owner of this yard came home from a long day at work and said to the lost dog, "Let's go home." Since that night, Hera has lived happily ever after with the Big Kitty.  She is the On Site Therapist and Service Department Foot Inspector. She's chatty first thing in the morning, but gets down to business greeting customers and sleeping on her personalized throne. She is always nearby to let us know we are loved (or to let Emily know her "PAID" stamp is entirely too loud).

Hera

Hera

Once upon a time, a very sad pitbull wandered into a yard. The owner of this yard came home from a long day at work and said to the lost dog, "Let's go home." Since that night, Hera has lived happily ever after with the Big Kitty.  She is the On Site Therapist and Service Department Foot Inspector. She's chatty first thing in the morning, but gets down to business greeting customers and sleeping on her personalized throne. She is always nearby to let us know we are loved (or to let Emily know her "PAID" stamp is entirely too loud).

Hera

Once upon a time, a very sad pitbull wandered into a yard. The owner of this yard came home from a long day at work and said to the lost dog, "Let's go home." Since that night, Hera has lived happily ever after with the Big Kitty.  She is the On Site Therapist and Service Department Foot Inspector. She's chatty first thing in the morning, but gets down to business greeting customers and sleeping on her personalized throne. She is always nearby to let us know we are loved (or to let Emily know her "PAID" stamp is entirely too loud).

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Sonia Thomas

When she’s not slaying the beauty scene or chasing after her adorable toddler, Sonia is our resident label master and customer service support. Some of her sweetest memories are waking up on weekends to the aroma of coffee and some pan dulce with her family. Although coffee has always been a part of her life, at Katz, she has been seriously upping her coffee knowledge game. Her favorite thing she’s learned is that coffee is actually a cherry and the bean receives its tasty profiles depending on the on the enviroment it was grown in. 

Sonia Thomas

Sonia Thomas

When she’s not slaying the beauty scene or chasing after her adorable toddler, Sonia is our resident label master and customer service support. Some of her sweetest memories are waking up on weekends to the aroma of coffee and some pan dulce with her family. Although coffee has always been a part of her life, at Katz, she has been seriously upping her coffee knowledge game. Her favorite thing she’s learned is that coffee is actually a cherry and the bean receives its tasty profiles depending on the on the enviroment it was grown in. 

Sonia Thomas

When she’s not slaying the beauty scene or chasing after her adorable toddler, Sonia is our resident label master and customer service support. Some of her sweetest memories are waking up on weekends to the aroma of coffee and some pan dulce with her family. Although coffee has always been a part of her life, at Katz, she has been seriously upping her coffee knowledge game. Her favorite thing she’s learned is that coffee is actually a cherry and the bean receives its tasty profiles depending on the on the enviroment it was grown in. 
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Lance Oden

Hailing all the way from San Antonio, Lance is making waves in the Alamo City’s coffee scene. His coffee journey began in a little store called Central Market back in 2010 as the bulk section lead. Two years later, Lance found himself at SCAA’s (Specialty Coffee Association of America) annual conference, and the rest is history. These days, this Kat can be found hanging out with his family sipping some Café de Olla from his precious Tinkerbell mug, but be warned, he’s always prepared to take on a zombie apocalypse armed with his killer golf cart.

 
 

Lance Oden

Lance Oden

Hailing all the way from San Antonio, Lance is making waves in the Alamo City’s coffee scene. His coffee journey began in a little store called Central Market back in 2010 as the bulk section lead. Two years later, Lance found himself at SCAA’s (Specialty Coffee Association of America) annual conference, and the rest is history. These days, this Kat can be found hanging out with his family sipping some Café de Olla from his precious Tinkerbell mug, but be warned, he’s always prepared to take on a zombie apocalypse armed with his killer golf cart.

 
 

Lance Oden

Hailing all the way from San Antonio, Lance is making waves in the Alamo City’s coffee scene. His coffee journey began in a little store called Central Market back in 2010 as the bulk section lead. Two years later, Lance found himself at SCAA’s (Specialty Coffee Association of America) annual conference, and the rest is history. These days, this Kat can be found hanging out with his family sipping some Café de Olla from his precious Tinkerbell mug, but be warned, he’s always prepared to take on a zombie apocalypse armed with his killer golf cart.

 
 
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Amanda Logg

Amanda Logg

Amanda Logg

Amanda Logg

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Austin Beck

Austin Beck

Austin Beck

Austin Beck

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