About Us

In 2007, in the garage of their first marital home, Sean and Michelle Marshall started Fusion Beans in the Southern part of Houston, Texas. Sean started his romance with coffee as a barista and as his passion for it grew, so did his love and appreciation for all the people involved in its production.

Sean MarshallHe began apprenticing under Ken Palmer through whom he learned how to roast coffee, as well as its place in history. Sean’s first Fusion Beans account was Tiny Boxwoods, where he was previously employed, and grew further through farmer markets and word of mouth.
As Fusion Beans grew, Sean started developing direct relationships with the farmers he sourced his coffee from. First of which was with Diego Guardia out of Hacienda Sonora in Costa Rica, a relationship we still cherish. The interest in helping people grow in and around coffee, including farmers, lead Sean and Andrew Nicholson to establish Rayyan Mill in Yemen. Andy had previously worked in the oil and gas industry primarily in Yemen and had grown to love the people and culture. Knowing the historical importance of Yemeni coffee and wanting to help the war-torn country, the two opened the mill in 2012.
At the same time, Sean stepped out locally by opening his first shop Southside Espresso in the heart of Montrose of Houston, Texas. Six years later, came his second shop Coterié in Downtown Houston.
Through these ventures, Fusion Beans hopes to help expand people’s knowledge of coffee, the farmers, and the care and love that goes into your cup. We want to help people find the good.


Sean Marshall

Owner & Roastmaster 

Sean is a lover of coffee and cherishes sharing his vast knowledge on the subject. Ask him a coffee question if you’re willing to listen for a couple hours.  Find him making a mean espresso martini at Coterié café or putting some love into a cute cappuccino at Southside Espresso. Outside of work Sean is a father of two, husband to Michelle, and friends with everyone. He spends most of his time asking his loved ones, “Have I told you how beautiful you are today?”, and reminding everyone to "Be Very Kind" and to “Find the Good".


Michelle Marshall

Owner & Certified Badass 

Michelle is the badass behind it all. She raises her and Sean’s children Thomas and Eisley while working 50 hours a week as a Nurse Practitioner at several hospitals in the southern Houston region including UTMB. She travels on all coffee origin trip and assists in selecting coffees to include in Fusion Bean’s repertoire. She is Queen to Sean’s King of Coffee, Mother of shops.


Bonnie Childers

Head Roaster & Operations Manager 

Bonnie came into the fold in 2015 at Southside Espresso. She quickly showed leadership qualities, and became a manager a both Southside Espresso And Coterie’ Café. After helping start Coterie’, Bonnie began assisting Sean at Fusion Beans, both roasting coffee and helping organize and facilitate deliveries and interactions with wholesale clients. Bonnie undeniably embodies the spirit of all three ventures, and makes sure that the goals and energy set forth in each comes to light. She not only sets her own initiative up, but helps to embolden and inspire those around her. Bonnie is a gem, and one of the most valuable leaders in our company.