Speaker Bios

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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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

  David Griswold Founder and CEO, Sustainable Harvest Coffee Importers   David Griswold is founder and CEO of social enterprise Sustainable Harvest Coffee. The company was the first coffee importer to become a Certified B Corporation and has offices in the U.S., Colombia, Mexico, Peru, and Rwanda. David pioneered the Relationship Coffee model of sourcing, which creates transparent relationships between producers and roasters that increases value throughout the supply chain and foster greater sustainability. He was the 2003 president of the Specialty Coffee Association of America, the 2008 SCAA’s Outstanding Contribution Award recipient, and awarded the Coffee Quality Institute's 2018 Leadership Medal of Merit for improving farmers’ livelihoods, fostering sustainability, and increasing coffee quality.

David Griswold
Founder and CEO, Sustainable Harvest Coffee Importers

David Griswold is founder and CEO of social enterprise Sustainable Harvest Coffee. The company was the first coffee importer to become a Certified B Corporation and has offices in the U.S., Colombia, Mexico, Peru, and Rwanda. David pioneered the Relationship Coffee model of sourcing, which creates transparent relationships between producers and roasters that increases value throughout the supply chain and foster greater sustainability. He was the 2003 president of the Specialty Coffee Association of America, the 2008 SCAA’s Outstanding Contribution Award recipient, and awarded the Coffee Quality Institute's 2018 Leadership Medal of Merit for improving farmers’ livelihoods, fostering sustainability, and increasing coffee quality.

  Kent Bakke Board Member, La Marzocco   Kent began his coffee adventure in 1977 when he and a partner acquired a soup and sandwich shop in Seattle which had an espresso coffee machine. That coffee experience inspired a trip to Italy with two business partners in 1978 to find an espresso machine manufacturer to represent in the NW market of the USA. Thus began a 40 year love affair with coffee and espresso coffee equipment. In 1994 Kent formed a group of like minded people and purchased 90% of La Marzocco Srl. After 24 years as CEO, Kent has passed on the baton and remains involved on the Board and as a resource to the company.

Kent Bakke
Board Member, La Marzocco

Kent began his coffee adventure in 1977 when he and a partner acquired a soup and sandwich shop in Seattle which had an espresso coffee machine. That coffee experience inspired a trip to Italy with two business partners in 1978 to find an espresso machine manufacturer to represent in the NW market of the USA. Thus began a 40 year love affair with coffee and espresso coffee equipment. In 1994 Kent formed a group of like minded people and purchased 90% of La Marzocco Srl. After 24 years as CEO, Kent has passed on the baton and remains involved on the Board and as a resource to the company.

  Lindsey Bolger Coffee Professional   Lindsey began her coffee career in 1987 at Batdorf and Bronson Coffee Roasters in Washington State, where she served as Vice President of Coffee. She joined Keurig Green Mountain in 2001 where she led various activities including green coffee procurement, coffee quality, beverage development, coffee community outreach and social impact. In 2015 Keurig Green Mountain appointed Lindsey to establish Keurig Trading, Sarl in Lausanne Switzerland, where she developed and led an international team of coffee procurement, risk management and sensory specialists. She held the position of Senior Vice President of Coffee until her departure from Keurig Trading in 2017. Lindsey is now sharing her expertise with coffee-oriented non-profits.  Lindsey has long been a champion of emerging coffee origins, helping to improve and promote coffee quality while creating linkages between coffee producers, roasters and consumers. Lindsey has served on the Board of Directors of the Specialty Coffee Association and World Coffee Research and is a recipient of the Coffee Quality Institute's "Medal of Merit".

Lindsey Bolger
Coffee Professional

Lindsey began her coffee career in 1987 at Batdorf and Bronson Coffee Roasters in Washington State, where she served as Vice President of Coffee. She joined Keurig Green Mountain in 2001 where she led various activities including green coffee procurement, coffee quality, beverage development, coffee community outreach and social impact. In 2015 Keurig Green Mountain appointed Lindsey to establish Keurig Trading, Sarl in Lausanne Switzerland, where she developed and led an international team of coffee procurement, risk management and sensory specialists. She held the position of Senior Vice President of Coffee until her departure from Keurig Trading in 2017. Lindsey is now sharing her expertise with coffee-oriented non-profits.

Lindsey has long been a champion of emerging coffee origins, helping to improve and promote coffee quality while creating linkages between coffee producers, roasters and consumers. Lindsey has served on the Board of Directors of the Specialty Coffee Association and World Coffee Research and is a recipient of the Coffee Quality Institute's "Medal of Merit".


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

  Lee Wallace CEO/Queen Bean, Peace Coffee   Lee Wallace is the Queen Bean of Peace Coffee, a company on a mission to craft a delicious coffee experience with communities around the globe. Based in the heart of Minneapolis, the company has been proudly roasting, pedaling and brewing outstanding coffee since 1996. Under Lee's leadership Peace Coffee has garnered recognition in a variety of areas - from being named one of the 10 Most Sustainable Coffee Businesses in the U.S. by Civil Eats to being named Best Coffee Roaster by Minnesota Monthly to being named one of the top places to work by Minnesota Business Magazine. Lee sits on the Research Advisory Council for the SCA. In her spare time, Lee enjoys ice hockey, gardening and collecting pets.

Lee Wallace
CEO/Queen Bean, Peace Coffee

Lee Wallace is the Queen Bean of Peace Coffee, a company on a mission to craft a delicious coffee experience with communities around the globe. Based in the heart of Minneapolis, the company has been proudly roasting, pedaling and brewing outstanding coffee since 1996. Under Lee's leadership Peace Coffee has garnered recognition in a variety of areas - from being named one of the 10 Most Sustainable Coffee Businesses in the U.S. by Civil Eats to being named Best Coffee Roaster by Minnesota Monthly to being named one of the top places to work by Minnesota Business Magazine. Lee sits on the Research Advisory Council for the SCA. In her spare time, Lee enjoys ice hockey, gardening and collecting pets.

  Merling Preza Leader of Co-op, PRODECOOP/CLAC/Fairtrade America   Merling Preza is a small-scale coffee producer and General Manager of PRODECOOP, a coffee cooperative made up of 2,300 coffee producers in northern Nicaragua. She also serves as the Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Latin American and Caribbean Network of Fair Trade Small Producers and Workers, CLAC. Merling has been in the coffee industry since 1989, working in areas such as coffee production and technical assistance, as well as international market strategies. Still today, she is committed to defending the interests of small producers and adding value to their organizations.

Merling Preza
Leader of Co-op, PRODECOOP/CLAC/Fairtrade America

Merling Preza is a small-scale coffee producer and General Manager of PRODECOOP, a coffee cooperative made up of 2,300 coffee producers in northern Nicaragua. She also serves as the Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Latin American and Caribbean Network of Fair Trade Small Producers and Workers, CLAC. Merling has been in the coffee industry since 1989, working in areas such as coffee production and technical assistance, as well as international market strategies. Still today, she is committed to defending the interests of small producers and adding value to their organizations.

  Kim Elena Ionescu Chief Sustainability Officer, SCA   In her role as Chief Sustainability Officer of the Specialty Coffee Association, Kim Elena raises awareness, develops strategy, and leads action to address the biggest social, environmental, and economic challenges facing the industry. Prior to joining the association in 2015, Kim spent a decade buying coffee and directing sustainability for Counter Culture Coffee in North Carolina, where she resides with her husband and two daughters. And although these days she is more likely to be found behind desks and podiums than cupping tables and espresso machines, Kim believes that sustainability must be firmly embedded in every stage of the coffee value chain.

Kim Elena Ionescu
Chief Sustainability Officer, SCA

In her role as Chief Sustainability Officer of the Specialty Coffee Association, Kim Elena raises awareness, develops strategy, and leads action to address the biggest social, environmental, and economic challenges facing the industry. Prior to joining the association in 2015, Kim spent a decade buying coffee and directing sustainability for Counter Culture Coffee in North Carolina, where she resides with her husband and two daughters. And although these days she is more likely to be found behind desks and podiums than cupping tables and espresso machines, Kim believes that sustainability must be firmly embedded in every stage of the coffee value chain.


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.

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.

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.

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.

  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.

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.

  Tymika Lawrence Regional Partnership Mgr - Sales, Genuine Origin   Tymika Lawrence has worked in coffee since late 2010, starting out as a barista for a wholesale account of Counter Culture Coffee. In 2012 she joined Stumptown Coffee Roasters as a part of the NYC team where she developed management skills. From there she went on to wholesale account management and education for Counter Culture Coffee. These days she handles sales on the east coast for Genuine Origin, an importing company that places focus on working with producers and roasters in new ways.

Tymika Lawrence
Regional Partnership Mgr - Sales, Genuine Origin

Tymika Lawrence has worked in coffee since late 2010, starting out as a barista for a wholesale account of Counter Culture Coffee. In 2012 she joined Stumptown Coffee Roasters as a part of the NYC team where she developed management skills. From there she went on to wholesale account management and education for Counter Culture Coffee. These days she handles sales on the east coast for Genuine Origin, an importing company that places focus on working with producers and roasters in new ways.

  Kimberly Easson Strategic Director, The CQI Partnership for Gender Equity   Kimberly Easson is the Founder and Strategic Director of the CQI Partnership for Gender Equity (PGE), a collaborative research and development initiative to improve coffee quality and supply chain resilience with a focus on gender and generational equity at origin. She has worked more than 20 years in coffee and development around the world. As the Director of Producer Services and Relations at Fairtrade International in Bonn, Germany, she held responsibility for producer capacity building services for over one million Fairtrade producers in 63 countries. She served four years as member of the Board of Directors of the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA), co-founded the International Women's Coffee Alliance (IWCA) and the JavaJog for a Cause, which has raised nearly $100,000 for women in coffee producing communities.

Kimberly Easson
Strategic Director, The CQI Partnership for Gender Equity

Kimberly Easson is the Founder and Strategic Director of the CQI Partnership for Gender Equity (PGE), a collaborative research and development initiative to improve coffee quality and supply chain resilience with a focus on gender and generational equity at origin. She has worked more than 20 years in coffee and development around the world. As the Director of Producer Services and Relations at Fairtrade International in Bonn, Germany, she held responsibility for producer capacity building services for over one million Fairtrade producers in 63 countries. She served four years as member of the Board of Directors of the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA), co-founded the International Women's Coffee Alliance (IWCA) and the JavaJog for a Cause, which has raised nearly $100,000 for women in coffee producing communities.

  Candice Madison Zachary Director of Education, Irving Farm Coffee Roasters   Candice focuses on working with those who look to ensure sustainable livelihoods for all farmers and producers and who recognize the role of women and people of color throughout the industry. Candice is part of the SCA Equity Diversity and Inclusion Task Force and her vocation is the unceasing quest for quality of coffee, and the lives of those who produce it, at every stage of the supply chain through education.

Candice Madison Zachary
Director of Education, Irving Farm Coffee Roasters

Candice focuses on working with those who look to ensure sustainable livelihoods for all farmers and producers and who recognize the role of women and people of color throughout the industry. Candice is part of the SCA Equity Diversity and Inclusion Task Force and her vocation is the unceasing quest for quality of coffee, and the lives of those who produce it, at every stage of the supply chain through education.

  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.

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.

  Chad Trewick Owner, Reciprocafé, LLC   Trewick owns Reciprocafé, LLC a consultancy that prioritizes shared value and measured and meaningful coffee value chain support broadening industry understanding of supply end challenges after two decades working on the roaster side in the Specialty Coffee industry as a director of coffee. Trewick also spent time gaining a deeper understanding of the financial side of the coffee market. A champion of responsible sourcing, Trewick has built bridges between wide ranging stakeholders, from coffee farm to cupping room to boardroom. His focus is encouraging scalable, mutually beneficial relationships. Chad is the Specialty Coffee Association’s board of directors vice chair of the Sustainability Advisory Council working to embed industry-sustaining considerations and behaviors throughout the value chain. He supports industry efforts toward knowledge about and understanding of our product’s value chain with emphasis on understanding challenges in countries where coffee is grown.

Chad Trewick
Owner, Reciprocafé, LLC

Trewick owns Reciprocafé, LLC a consultancy that prioritizes shared value and measured and meaningful coffee value chain support broadening industry understanding of supply end challenges after two decades working on the roaster side in the Specialty Coffee industry as a director of coffee. Trewick also spent time gaining a deeper understanding of the financial side of the coffee market. A champion of responsible sourcing, Trewick has built bridges between wide ranging stakeholders, from coffee farm to cupping room to boardroom. His focus is encouraging scalable, mutually beneficial relationships. Chad is the Specialty Coffee Association’s board of directors vice chair of the Sustainability Advisory Council working to embed industry-sustaining considerations and behaviors throughout the value chain. He supports industry efforts toward knowledge about and understanding of our product’s value chain with emphasis on understanding challenges in countries where coffee is grown.

 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

  William Ristenpart Director, U.C. Davis Coffee Center   William Ristenpart is a Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of California Davis and the founding director of the UC Davis Coffee Center. He received his PhD from Princeton University and did his postdoctoral work at Harvard University before joining the faculty at UC Davis in 2008. A member of the UC Davis Food Science Graduate Group, Prof. Ristenpart's area of research expertise is in complex transport phenomena, as exemplified by the mass transfer that occurs during coffee brewing.  The introductory class that he co-developed, titled "The Design of Coffee: An Introduction to Chemical Engineering," is now the most popular elective course at UC Davis, taught to almost 2000 students per year.

William Ristenpart
Director, U.C. Davis Coffee Center

William Ristenpart is a Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of California Davis and the founding director of the UC Davis Coffee Center. He received his PhD from Princeton University and did his postdoctoral work at Harvard University before joining the faculty at UC Davis in 2008. A member of the UC Davis Food Science Graduate Group, Prof. Ristenpart's area of research expertise is in complex transport phenomena, as exemplified by the mass transfer that occurs during coffee brewing.

The introductory class that he co-developed, titled "The Design of Coffee: An Introduction to Chemical Engineering," is now the most popular elective course at UC Davis, taught to almost 2000 students per year.

  Bill Murray President and CEO, National Coffee Association, USA   William "Bill" Murray is President and CEO of the National Coffee Association (NCA), the coffee industry's chief trade group. Previously, Bill was CEO of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), a professional society of over 32,000 PR practitioners and students. From 1985-2005 Bill held various positions at the Motion Picture Association of America, including EVP and Co-COO, representing multinational entertainment companies. Bill holds an M.B.A in International Business from The Thunderbird School of Global Management, and a B.A in English/Business from Albright College.

Bill Murray
President and CEO, National Coffee Association, USA

William "Bill" Murray is President and CEO of the National Coffee Association (NCA), the coffee industry's chief trade group. Previously, Bill was CEO of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), a professional society of over 32,000 PR practitioners and students. From 1985-2005 Bill held various positions at the Motion Picture Association of America, including EVP and Co-COO, representing multinational entertainment companies. Bill holds an M.B.A in International Business from The Thunderbird School of Global Management, and a B.A in English/Business from Albright College.

  Chahan Yeretzian Head of Coffee Excellence Center; Professor for Analytical Chemistry, Bioanalytical Chemistry and Diagnostics, ZHAW   Chahan Yeretzian is Professor for Analytical Chemistry, Bioanalytical Chemistry and Diagnostics at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) in Switzerland and earned an MBA from the University of Lausanne.  In 2008 he founded the Coffee Excellence Center at the ZHAW and initiated the first post-graduate degree on “Science and Art of Coffee”.  Chahan is a Director on the Board of the Specialty Coffee Association, where he Chairs the Research Advisory Council and serves on the Board of the Swiss SCA. He is also on the Board and is Secretary of ASIC (Association for the Science and Information on Coffee) and on the Advisory Board of the German Museum in Munich and CEO of Swiss Coffee Alliance GmbH.

Chahan Yeretzian
Head of Coffee Excellence Center; Professor for Analytical Chemistry, Bioanalytical Chemistry and Diagnostics, ZHAW

Chahan Yeretzian is Professor for Analytical Chemistry, Bioanalytical Chemistry and Diagnostics at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) in Switzerland and earned an MBA from the University of Lausanne.

In 2008 he founded the Coffee Excellence Center at the ZHAW and initiated the first post-graduate degree on “Science and Art of Coffee”.

Chahan is a Director on the Board of the Specialty Coffee Association, where he Chairs the Research Advisory Council and serves on the Board of the Swiss SCA. He is also on the Board and is Secretary of ASIC (Association for the Science and Information on Coffee) and on the Advisory Board of the German Museum in Munich and CEO of Swiss Coffee Alliance GmbH.

 

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.

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. 

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. 

  Erin Meister Managing Editor, Cafe Imports   Erin ("You can call me just Meister") Meister is a longtime coffee professional and journalist, leading a kind of caffeinated double life. She has worn many hats in specialty coffee including barista, cafe manager, co-director of coffee, account manager, educator, and green-coffee sales. She is also a writer and editor with credits in publications like The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, Time Out NY, Barista Magazine, Daily Coffee News, and many others. She is managing editor in the marketing department of Cafe Imports, and the author of the book "New York City Coffee: A Caffeinated History."

Erin Meister
Managing Editor, Cafe Imports

Erin ("You can call me just Meister") Meister is a longtime coffee professional and journalist, leading a kind of caffeinated double life. She has worn many hats in specialty coffee including barista, cafe manager, co-director of coffee, account manager, educator, and green-coffee sales. She is also a writer and editor with credits in publications like The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, Time Out NY, Barista Magazine, Daily Coffee News, and many others. She is managing editor in the marketing department of Cafe Imports, and the author of the book "New York City Coffee: A Caffeinated History."

  Umeko Motoyoshi VP of Product, Sudden Coffee   Outside of Sudden, Umeko does marketing, operations & product consulting for nonprofits, and works with #CoffeeToo, an organization dedicated to ending sexual harassment in the coffee industry. Umeko is (maybe) the first person to represent an instant coffee company in a barista competition, and (definitely) the first person to brew gesha with water from a mountain shrine, on Japanese reality TV.

Umeko Motoyoshi
VP of Product, Sudden Coffee

Outside of Sudden, Umeko does marketing, operations & product consulting for nonprofits, and works with #CoffeeToo, an organization dedicated to ending sexual harassment in the coffee industry. Umeko is (maybe) the first person to represent an instant coffee company in a barista competition, and (definitely) the first person to brew gesha with water from a mountain shrine, on Japanese reality TV.

  Daniel Jones CEO & Founder bext360   Dan is the CEO & Founder of bext360. His company provides traceability and financial solutions for the coffee, palm oil, cotton, seafood and timber industries utilizing blockchain, AI and traceability markers. He has over 20 years of experience living and working frontier markets including China, DRC and India. He has professional roots in technology, finance, electronic commerce and emerging economies.  Dan has a B.S. Engineering from Cornell and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago (Booth). He served as an Adjunct Professor of Strategic Management at the Booth where his specialty was the impact of technology on Business Strategy.

Daniel Jones
CEO & Founder bext360

Dan is the CEO & Founder of bext360. His company provides traceability and financial solutions for the coffee, palm oil, cotton, seafood and timber industries utilizing blockchain, AI and traceability markers. He has over 20 years of experience living and working frontier markets including China, DRC and India. He has professional roots in technology, finance, electronic commerce and emerging economies.

Dan has a B.S. Engineering from Cornell and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago (Booth). He served as an Adjunct Professor of Strategic Management at the Booth where his specialty was the impact of technology on Business Strategy.

  Jay Ruskey Co-Founder and CEO, Frinj Coffee   Jay Ruskey is owner and farmer of Good Land Organics, California’s first commercial coffee farm. At the age of 18, he began farming and developing new markets for exotic fruit in Santa Barbara County. Jay was awarded Outstanding Farmer in 2010 for his innovative farming and marketing practices in growing new crops.  Jay's current work focuses on expanding California's coffee production through his newest venture, Frinj Coffee, producing California adapted, high yielding nursery stock for farmers along the Central and Southern coast. Frinj Coffee offers a myriad of other services ranging from consulting, to post-harvest, to product marketing.

Jay Ruskey
Co-Founder and CEO, Frinj Coffee

Jay Ruskey is owner and farmer of Good Land Organics, California’s first commercial coffee farm. At the age of 18, he began farming and developing new markets for exotic fruit in Santa Barbara County. Jay was awarded Outstanding Farmer in 2010 for his innovative farming and marketing practices in growing new crops.

Jay's current work focuses on expanding California's coffee production through his newest venture, Frinj Coffee, producing California adapted, high yielding nursery stock for farmers along the Central and Southern coast. Frinj Coffee offers a myriad of other services ranging from consulting, to post-harvest, to product marketing.

 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

  Nicholas Cho  Co-Founder & Head Barista, Wrecking Ball Coffee Roasters   Nick has been an active leader in the specialty coffee industry since opening his first cafe in 2002. He’s served on the SCAA Board of Directors, Barista Guild of America Executive Council, and on the World Barista Championship Board of Directors. Nick has been a guest lecturer at the University of California Berkeley, Dartmouth College, and the University of California Davis. His contributions include developing the World Brewers Cup competition and co-inventing the December Coffee Dripper. He currently lives and works in San Francisco with his wife and partner, Trish Rothgeb.

Nicholas Cho
Co-Founder & Head Barista, Wrecking Ball Coffee Roasters

Nick has been an active leader in the specialty coffee industry since opening his first cafe in 2002. He’s served on the SCAA Board of Directors, Barista Guild of America Executive Council, and on the World Barista Championship Board of Directors. Nick has been a guest lecturer at the University of California Berkeley, Dartmouth College, and the University of California Davis. His contributions include developing the World Brewers Cup competition and co-inventing the December Coffee Dripper. He currently lives and works in San Francisco with his wife and partner, Trish Rothgeb.

  Isabela Raposeiras Roaster/Founder & Owner, Coffee Lab   Isabela consistently breaks the mould on what’s possible. Coffee Lab has been named one of the Top Ten Cafes in the world, and the service is totally focused on the formation of the customer, with the space designed so no counter or walls ever separate the customer from areas of preparation and roasting. Isabela is a certified Q grader and SCAA Cupping Judge. She also runs Coffee Lab School since 2004, having taught more than 1600 students only in 2017.

Isabela Raposeiras
Roaster/Founder & Owner, Coffee Lab

Isabela consistently breaks the mould on what’s possible. Coffee Lab has been named one of the Top Ten Cafes in the world, and the service is totally focused on the formation of the customer, with the space designed so no counter or walls ever separate the customer from areas of preparation and roasting. Isabela is a certified Q grader and SCAA Cupping Judge. She also runs Coffee Lab School since 2004, having taught more than 1600 students only in 2017.

  Teresa von Fuchs Head of Sales, Bellwether Coffee   Teresa von Fuchs started as a barista more than half her life ago. It was the first job she had where she was able to connect the dots: what you did at work everyday, the buttons you pushed, how you pushed them, who benefitted, who could be harmed… it all mattered. This early coffee insight has most inspired her meandering career. With over a decade of experience in sales, marketing, and education in the Specialty Coffee industry, Teresa continues to work to create a more accessible and transparent ecosystem from Barista to Farmer.

Teresa von Fuchs
Head of Sales, Bellwether Coffee

Teresa von Fuchs started as a barista more than half her life ago. It was the first job she had where she was able to connect the dots: what you did at work everyday, the buttons you pushed, how you pushed them, who benefitted, who could be harmed… it all mattered. This early coffee insight has most inspired her meandering career. With over a decade of experience in sales, marketing, and education in the Specialty Coffee industry, Teresa continues to work to create a more accessible and transparent ecosystem from Barista to Farmer.