Changing Tides: Building Diverse and Inclusive Coffee Communities
Colleen Anunu Director of Coffee Supply Chain, Fair Trade USA
Colleen Anunu started her career as a barista, roaster and coffee buyer for New York's award-winning Gimme! Coffee. After leaving the sensory world for a master's degree in International Development at Cornell University, Colleen now works to advance equitable trade initiatives as Director of Coffee Supply Chain at Fair Trade USA, where she leads strategic research focused on impact and production economics, grant-funded partnerships and operations management for the coffee category. As a Director of the Specialty Coffee Association, Colleen serves as the Vice Chair of the Research Center and Advocacy Center, and is the lead on the SCA's task force for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. She currently lives in Paris, but has hidden horcruxes in Montréal, QC and Ithaca, NY.
Michelle Johnson Marketing & Community Director, Barista Hustle
Entering her seventh year in coffee, Michelle has worked her way from Washington, DC-area barista to foundational team member at Barista Hustle, the online education and community platform by world renown barista, Matt Perger in Melbourne, Australia. It was while living in Phoenix when Michelle made waves, unabashedly bringing forth the conversation of racial equity and coffee with her blog, The Chocolate Barista. She’s spoken at Tamper Tantrum: NYC and organized “The Intersectionality Panel” lecture at last year’s SCA Expo, which ushered the topic of diversity and inclusion to the roundtables of the Specialty Coffee Association. She’s a writer, social media influencer, and owes her passion for coffee to her mom’s bottomless cups of Maxwell House.
Doug Hewitt Co-Founder and Director of Coffee and Programs, 1951 Coffee Company
Doug Hewitt is the current Director of Coffee & Programs at 1951 Coffee Company. Doug worked as an ESL instructor in China from 2004-2006, after which he returned to the U.S. to complete his Masters of Arts in Intercultural Studies in 2009 from Union University. Post-graduation, Doug worked as a coffee roaster on the Aleta Wondo Coffee project for Boot Coffee Consulting while simultaneously serving as a volunteer ESL and employment instructor for the International Rescue Committee (IRC). In April 2011, Doug was hired as the Employment Specialist at the IRC in Oakland. Eventually he served at the Resettlement Team Coordinator overseeing the resettlement of 400 people a year. Doug left the IRC in 2015 to start 1951 Coffee Company along with former IRC colleague Rachel Taber.
Isabela Pascoal Becker Sustainability and Impact Director, Daterra Coffee
Isabela Pascoal Becker is the Head of Sustainability and Impact for Daterra and Educar Foundation. Isabela graduated with a degree in Communication from ESPM. She has a certificate in Business from Harvard University and is also a board member at Sistema B.
Jenn Chen Coffee Marketer
San Francisco-based coffee marketer Jenn Chen uses compelling words and photography to make specialty coffee companies look stunning online. She believes in the power of creating inclusive digital and in-person communities. Her work has appeared with industry leaders like Acaia, Coffee Quality Institute, and Sprudge. When she is not working, you can find her with ice cream in one hand and a donut in another. You can connect with her at jennchen.com or on social media @thejennchen.
Harnessing the Power of Science
Peter Giuliano Chief Research Officer, Specialty Coffee Association
Peter Giuliano began his coffee career in 1988 as a barista in San Diego, California. Since then, he has worked as a roaster, cupper, coffee buyer and business owner, serving as co-owner and Director of Coffee for Counter Culture Coffee until 2012. Joining the SCAA as a Senior Director in that year, Peter now serves as Chief Research Officer for the Specialty Coffee Association, directing Market, Economic, Scientific and Sustainability Research Activities for the association.
Selena Ahmed Assistant Professor, Sustainable Food Systems, Montana State University
Selena Ahmed co-leads the Food and Health Lab at Montana State University where she is a professor in Sustainable Food Systems. She examines the socio-ecological, phytonutrient, and sensory basis of food systems from production through consumption and waste in the context of global climate change. Selena's focal study systems are tea, maple syrup, and indigenous foods. Her transdisciplinary research program seeks to identify practices that advance ecological and societal wellbeing while supporting innovative contributions that strengthen our food and drink experience. Selena is a co-founder of Shoots & Roots Bitters, serves as a judge in tea tasting competitions, consults on tea and botanicals, is the author of over four-dozen articles and book chapters, and is a co-author of the book Tea Horse Road: China's Ancient Trade Road to Tibet as well as the forthcoming Botany at the Bar: The Art and Science of Making Bitters.
Britta Folmer Scientific Affairs Manager, Nestlé Nespresso SA
Dr Britta Folmer is Scientific Affairs Manager within the Regulatory and Scientific Affairs department. She works across the business providing the necessary expertise from product development to external communications. Britta has 11 years' experience in the coffee industry. Previously she was responsible for communicating Nespresso's science behind the coffee to consumers, as well as the scientific and coffee expert community. Britta is the editor of the recently launched book 'The Craft and Science of Coffee'. Through these projects she has helped to establish the company's solid scientific presence within the coffee community.
Dr. Maya Zuniga Supply Chain Optimization and Food Science Expert, S&D Coffee and Tea
Five and a half years ago, Dr. Maya Zuniga began her career at S&D Coffee and Tea. She is currently in Global Sourcing and applying technical expertise to Supply Chain Optimization and Category Management. Previously, she worked 17 years at General Mills and Pillsbury in multiple roles in the areas of Product Development, Purchasing, Open Innovation and Holistic Category Management . She holds a B.Sc in Chemistry, M.S. and Ph.D. in Food Science.
Ed Price Professor, Texas A&M University
As Texas A&M University Professor of Agricultural Economics and Howard G. Buffett Foundation Endowed Chair on Conflict and Development, Dr. Edwin Price leads research, teaching and development on fragile states. He serves on the World Coffee Research Board of Directors, and the US State Department Council on Stabilization.
The Evolution of Innovation: How New Ideas will Shape Specialty Coffee’s Future
Freedom (Anukampa Freedom Gupta-Fonner) Chief Imagineer, Design by Freedom
Anukampa Freedom Gupta-Fonner is the Chief Imagineer and CEO at Design By Freedom. Design By Freedom is an invention company on a mission to move the United States to zero waste, starting with coffee. In her role, Freedom drives industrial design to eliminate the very need to create trash. She also builds partnerships and coalitions, while defining zero waste values. Freedom is an avid outdoors-woman, cyclist and wilderness explorer. In addition to eliminating trash from public lands and water bodies, Freedom is passionate about helping to preserve endangered wildlife and marine life.
Arno Holschuh Chief Operating Officer, Bellwether Coffee Company
Arno is the former VP of Production, roaster, green buyer, tech and founding employee for Blue Bottle Coffee. He is now dedicated to solving key production problems at origin and retail through better technology.
The State and Future of the Business of Coffee
Dan McCloskey Founder & Chief Creative Officer, Premium Quality Consulting
Dan is the Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Premium Quality Consulting. He has spent a lifetime in the wholesale coffee business, selling, managing and marketing. He is known for his creative approach to problem solving, his sense of humor, and a capability to sustain effort against complex goals over time. Years in the coffee business translate to a readiness to add value. PQC starts with the vision to treat the industry like a text—collect it, read it, interpret it—and then apply the insight of that reading to the practical needs of coffee brands, sales, marketing and wholesale operations.
Jan Anderson CEO, Premium Quality Consulting, LLC
While Jan jokes that she started in coffee at a time when you had to spell out "e-s-p-r-e-s-s-o" to restaurant owners, she has had a long and successful coffee career: she led three start-up companies, including a coffee distribution and service company in New York City, an equipment rental company, and an upscale lifestyle brand of home espresso machines. She also held various creative, marketing and business leadership roles for a major global coffee company. As a partner at Premium Quality Consulting, she leads the team as strategic visionary, operations expert and outcome realist. As a longstanding coffee entrepreneur, she underwrites the quality of the PQC name.
Tracy Ging Chief Commercial Officer, SVP, S&D Coffee and Tea
As chief commercial officer and SVP for S&D Coffee and Tea, Tracy is responsible for marketing, product development, and strategic initiatives to boost growth and improve competitive positioning for the largest custom manufacturer of coffee, tea, and related beverage products for the U.S. foodservice industry.
Ian Williams Owner, Deadstock Coffee
Ian Williams is a size 12.5-wearing sneaker fool who loves cookies (soft ones), and if he was a little bit taller would be in a league somewhere. Before slinging lattes Ian worked at Nike Corporate HQ for nine years. In 2015 he quit a career to pursue a passion - to open a sneaker-themed coffee shop that focuses on connecting communities from love of premium things.
Pamela Chng Founder, Bettr Barista
Pamela has over 17 years of start-up and business experience, and is the founder of Bettr Barista, a for-profit social business and specialty coffee company that is Singapore’s first Certified B Corporation and a 2016 & 2017 “Best For The World (Community)” company.
A sociologist by training, Pamela is very passionate about solving problems and is constantly excited about the possibilities that social businesses present to the betterment of business and society. Trained in Melbourne, Singapore, Italy and the US in various aspects of the coffee industry, Pamela is a World Barista Championship Certified Sensory Judge, Licensed Q Arabica Grader, WDA ACTA-certified Trainer and Assessor, Specialty Coffee Association Certifier and Authorised Trainer.
The State and Future of the Coffee Economy
Ric Rhinehart Executive Director, Specialty Coffee Association
Mr. Rhinehart has designed, developed, and produced a wide range of both tea and coffee products and is co-author of Tea Basics, a primer on premium tea, published by John Wiley & Sons in 1998. He was a founding member of the American Premium Tea Institute, where he served on the Board of Directors and as President. Mr. Rhinehart has also served as Chair of the Private Sector Consultative Board of the International Coffee Organization, as a Trustee for the Coffee Quality Institute, as a Director for World Coffee Research, and as a Director for World Coffee Events.
Phyllis Johnson President, BD Imports
Motherhood prompted Phyllis Johnson to embark on her dream of becoming an entrepreneur. She along with her husband Patrick started a green-coffee import social enterprise, BD Imports in 1999. In addition to viewing women coffee farmers as a strategic component to the company’s supply chain, Phyllis led work supported by the UN International Trade Centre, and the International Women’s Coffee Alliance in establishing the women in coffee networks throughout East Africa. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School. She’s the recipient of numerous awards and recognition for her work including the Harvard Kennedy School 2015 Barbara Jordan Award Women’s Leadership. She currently serves as a board director for the National Coffee Association. She’s written about her journey in several books and articles. As a primary advocate for gender equity in the coffee supply chain, she also speaks out on issues including economic disparities and how racism effects the coffee industry.
Teddy Esteve CEO, ECOM Coffee
Teddy has 30+ years of experience in commodity processing, merchandising and finance and is a part-time coffee farmer. He has a degree in Economics from the Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC) in Lausanne, Switzerland and is a Member of ECOM Agroindustrial Corp., Ltd. Board of Managing Directors.
Andrea Illy Chairman, illycaffe S.p.A.
Andrea Illy is Chairman of illycaffè, a family-established business founded in Trieste, Italy in 1933, with the singular mission of producing the world’s highest quality coffee. Under Andrea’s stewardship, illycaffè has become a brand recognized around the globe, not just for its coffee but for its ethical values and for the close relationships it has forged with growers, merchants and the contemporary art world.
Christine Condo Umuhoza East Africa Regional Director, Sustainable Harvest Rwanda
Christine started her career providing agronomic assistance farmers under the tutelage of Dr. Tim Schilling, executive director of World Coffee Research. She’s overseen Fair Trade USA’s African development projects and served as a risk manager for Root Capital.
Josh Owen President, Revelator Coffee Company
Owen is committed to finding methods to scale while maintaining retail strategies that are genuinely informed by sense of place. The son of artists, Owen is also an indie film producer and board member for the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta. He holds an English degree from Duke University and a JD from George Washington.
Sustainability: Changing Everything Except the Goal
Andre de Freitas Executive Director, SAN - Sustainable Agriculture Network
Andre has been the Executive Director of the Sustainable Agriculture Network since 2013. He has over 20 years of experience in working with sustainability initiatives, having focused his career on responsible sourcing and certification in agriculture and forestry. He led the development of the first sustainability policy and implementation systems for Rabobank in Brazil and served as the executive director of the Brazilian NGO IMAFLORA and as the Director General of the Forest Stewardship Council. Andre also served as a member of the ISEAL Board for many years and in 2015 joined the Advisory Board of Social Accountability International.
Vava Angwenyi Founder & Chief Coffaholic Vava Coffee Ltd. Co-Founder & Director - Gente Del Futuro
In 2009, Vava Angwenyi started VAVA COFFEE – a Social enterprise whose main aim is to contribute to better future prospects for coffee communities and the industry as a whole. The company ensures sustainable livelihoods for the people and communities in which it works. Vava Angwenyi is also the co-founder and director business development & fundraising at GENTE DEL FUTURO (People of the Future). Ms. Vava Angwenyi has created a sustainable and ethical coffee brand that sources coffee from farmers in Kenya and around the region and most recently has worked with Fairtrade Africa to develop and launch two brands under Fairtrade Africa - Zawadi Coffee (the first Fairtrade Certified women owned coffee in Kenya) and Kipkelion union coffee.
Alejandro Cadena CEO, Caravela Coffee
Alejandro is co-founder and CEO of Caravela Coffee, a quality focused green coffee exporter with operations in 7 countries in Latin America and import companies in Australia, Europe and North America. After graduating as an Economist from the Universidad de Los Andes in Bogota, Colombia, he worked as an investment banker in New York and London before finding his true passion: making an impact in coffee communities in Latin America by helping build sustainable, long-term relationships between quality-minded small coffee farmers and roasters around the world.
Molly Laverty Director of Sustainability, Farmer Bros. Co.
Molly Laverty is the Director of Sustainability for Farmer Brothers. Molly started with Farmer Brothers in 2010 as a green coffee buyer and has been critical in developing direct trade verified sustainable programs and growing Farmer Brothers' overall portfolio of responsibly sourced coffees and other products.