FRIday PRESENTERS

 
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ALEXA MARIN

Gender Policy Coordinator, PRODECOOP

Lecture: Making Specialty Coffee Work for Women - Collaborative Incubator Models to Help Specialty Coffee Farmers Reach Their Full Potential

 

About Alexa

Alexa Marin is the Gender Policy Coordinator for PRODECOOP, a cooperative organization that represents over 2300 small coffee producers in Nicaragua. 30% of these small producers are women. As a Gender Policy Coordinator, Alexa provides oversight to all activities related to gender awareness sponsored by the cooperative, such as workshops and trainings. Alexa is also a Grounds for Empowerment coffee farmer since 2017.

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Emily davis

Education Manager, Counter Culture Coffee

Lecture: Making Specialty Coffee Work for Women - Collaborative Incubator Models to Help Specialty Coffee Farmers Reach Their Full Potential

About Emily

Emily found herself in the specialty coffee industry by accident. After losing her IT job to the floundering economy in 2007, she wandered into a local coffee shop to ask if they were hiring. Serendipitously, they were and she was hired her on the spot. After attending a few public coffee cuppings, Emily quickly realized there was so much more to coffee than she could have ever imagined. Though her journey with that shop was quick and she ended up back in the Tech industry, her curiosity got the best of her. Emily continued pursuing coffee education and participating or volunteering at every coffee event she could attend and after 2 years, Emily changed her course and decided to make coffee her career. From a barista to a manager, one thing led to another and Emily became a Customer Rep at Counter Culture Coffee. She has worked for Counter Culture the last 6 years and now manages the training and education programs extended through their training centers nationwide.

 
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GISELLE BARRERA

Program Manager, Social Enterprise at Goizueta - Emory University

Lecture: Making Specialty Coffee Work for Women - Collaborative Incubator Models to Help Specialty Coffee Farmers Reach Their Full Potential

About Giselle

Giselle Barrera is the Program Manager for Grounds for Empowerment (GFE), a specialty coffee program by Social Enterprise at Goizueta, a research center within Emory University's Goizueta Business School. GFE provides women specialty coffee farmers with the market connections and business know-how that allow them to reach their full economic potential.

Giselle is originally from El Salvador. She holds an MBA from Emory University's Goizueta Business School with a concentration in Social Enterprise and Supply Chain.

 
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JEFF COURSON

Green Coffee Sales, Ally Coffee

Lecture: Making Specialty Coffee Work for Women - Collaborative Incubator Models to Help Specialty Coffee Farmers Reach Their Full Potential

About Jeff

Jeff Courson is passionate about his work with green coffee. For the last 6 years Jeff has been working alongside producers in Latin America and roasters in North America importing and distributing coffee in the US. He helps producers young and old build quality focused brands to attract coffee buyers from all over the world. From farm management to marketing to quality control, helping producers identify what they actually have on their farm (varieties, elevation, microclimates) and how to reach buyers to share their story. Jeff also works close to coffee roasters helping them procure the perfect beans for their cafes and roasteries.

 
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noushin ketabi

Co-Founder, Vega Coffee

Lecture: Making Specialty Coffee Work for Women - Collaborative Incubator Models to Help Specialty Coffee Farmers Reach Their Full PotentialListening to the Research: Making Your Business Better by Understanding Current Coffee Market Trends

About Noushin

Noushin Ketabi is a Co-Founder of Vega Coffee, the first online marketplace for farmer roasted coffee. She leads Vega’s operations, including product development, farmer roaster training, and branding. Noushin is a certified coffee roaster and licensed Q Grader. Prior to Vega, Noushin served as a Senior Regulatory Analyst for the California Public Utilities Commission, and completed a Fulbright in Nicaragua on its renewable energy policy framework in 2011. She earned a joint J.D./M.A. in International Political Economy and Development from Fordham University and a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley, with honors. Noushin is on a mission to create a more equitable coffee supply chain by connecting coffee producers more directly with coffee lovers.

 
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PETER W. ROBERTS

Academic Director, Social Enterprise at Goizueta, Emory University

Lecture: Making Specialty Coffee Work for Women - Collaborative Incubator Models to Help Specialty Coffee Farmers Reach Their Full Potential

About Peter

Peter is Professor of Organization & Management at Emory University and Academic Director of Social Enterprise at Goizueta. His research interests relate to how the behavior and performance of organizations evolve over time. Recently, he directs his interests in entrepreneurship and organizational performance toward topics in the field of social enterprise. His current projects focus on social entrepreneurs and accelerators, on microbusiness development, and on the global specialty coffee industry. For the past several years, he has also been spearheading Social Enterprise at Goizueta, which focuses on making markets work for more people, in more places, in more ways. This led to the establishment of the global Entrepreneurship Database Program, the Start:ME accelerator program, and the Transparent Trade Coffee and Grounds for Empowerment programs.

 
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CANDICE MADISON

Director of EducationIrving Farm Coffee Roasters

Lecture: Mentorship in Specialty Coffee: Students Become the Teachers

About Candice

Candice has been in coffee for almost 10 years. Like many others, she came to coffee accidentally - a yoga teacher who enjoyed coffee became a coffee professional who occasionally practiced yoga.

Over the last decade, she has been a barista, roaster, green buyer, competitor and WCE judge, to name a few roles.

Currently the Director of Education at Irving Farm Coffee Roasters, she is also a Q Instructor and an active member of several SCA committees. Who knew you could find a whole new life at the bottom of a cup of coffee?

 
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KATIE CARGUILO

Coffee Buyer and Quality Analyst, Counter Culture Coffee

Lecture: Mentorship in Specialty Coffee: Students Become the Teachers

About Katie

Katie Carguilo started in coffee in 2002 as a barista in Washington, DC. She worked on Counter Culture New York's customer support team for almost a decade before moving across the country for the role she has now: the Coffee Buyer and Quality Analyst for Counter Culture Coffee's roasting facility in Emeryville, CA. She is also the 2012 United States Barista Champion.

 
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LEM BUTLER

Business Owner/ 2016 United States Barista ChampionBlack & White Coffee Roasters, LLC

Lecture: Mentorship in Specialty Coffee: Students Become the Teachers

About Lem

Lem Butler is the 2016 United States Barista Champion; he went on to place 4th in the 2016 World Barista Competition held in Ireland. Lem started in coffee in 2003 at The Daily Grind Espresso Cafe in Chapel Hill, NC and continued to grow as a coffee professional through 10 barista competitions, 25 coffee farm visits and working 10 years with Counter Culture Coffee as an educator both on the East Coast and West Coast. 14 years in the Specialty Coffee Industry has shown Lem a side of the world he has never imagined. From teaching classes in Durham, NC to Yunnan Province of China, Lem has has enjoyed learning as a teacher and as a mentor. Currently Lem is co-owner of Black & White Coffee Roasters in Wake Forest, NC and continues to grow in the Specialty Coffee Industry as an educator, barista, business owner and dad.

 
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MANSI CHOKSHI

North American Experience DirectorSpecialty Coffee Association

Lecture: Mentorship in Specialty Coffee: Students Become the Teachers

About Mansi

Mansi Chokshi specializes in work that involves community building, team work and collaboration. She joined the staff of SCA in 2008 and fell in love with the coffee community, specifically the passion to serve one another. Mansi spent 8 years at SCAA as the Membership Director overseeing membership activity and strategy. The Re:co Fellows and Mentor Program is one of the most inspirational projects of her career and she looks forward to it each year. Mansi also serves on the Board of Directors for the International Women’s Coffee Alliance (IWCA) and is an active advocate for women’s economic empowerment. She is inspired by her hardworking colleagues, the passionate coffee professionals and volunteers she has an opportunity to work with every day. Her goals are to create a thriving and inclusive specialty coffee community through valuable relations. Most importantly, Mansi is a proud mother.

 
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MEISTER – MODERATOR

Editing Manager, Cafe Imports

Lecture: Mentorship in Specialty Coffee: Students Become the Teachers

About Meister

Meister is a longtime specialty-coffee professional and journalist whose interest in coffee is directly related to her interest in coffee people. She has worked in retail, wholesale, coffee education, and green-coffee importing sales and marketing, as well as contributing written and editorial work to various trade and general-interest media. In addition to her work as editing manager for Cafe Imports, she is also the author of "New York City Coffee: A Caffeinated History" (The History Press 2017), and the producer of a non-coffee-related podcast called "The Discomfort Zone."

 
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NICHOLAS CHO

Co-CEO & Head Barista, Wrecking Ball Coffee Roasters

Lecture: Mentorship in Specialty Coffee: Students Become the Teachers

About Nicholas

Nicholas Cho is the co-founder, co-CEO, and head barista at Wrecking Ball Coffee Roasters in San Francisco. Nick served as a director on Barista Guild of America’s Executive Council, Specialty Coffee Association of America’s Board of Directors, World Barista Championship Board of Directors, and served as chair of the United States Barista Championship. He was the 2006 South East Regional Barista Champion and has served on the SCAA Standards Committee. Nick has been a guest speaker at the University of California Berkeley, Dartmouth College, University of California Davis, and events around the world including the SCA Symposium and Tamper Tantrum.

 
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CALEB NICHOLES

Director of Coffee/OwnerKickapoo Coffee Roasters

Lecture: The Carbon Footprint of Coffee: Mitigation Strategies for Roasters

About Caleb

Caleb Nicholes founded Kickapoo Coffee in the fall of 2005 and is currently the Director of Sourcing and Quality. He has travelled extensively as a coffee buyer and member of Cooperative Coffees, the first cooperatively owned importing company. In the fall of 2015, his company became the first completely solar powered roastery in the world. Starting in 2017, his company, Kickapoo Coffee, began working with Taking Root to begin tracking their carbon footprint and endeavoring to become a Carbon Responsible company.

 
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ETIENNE DESMARAIS

CEOECOTIERRA

Lecture: The Carbon Footprint of Coffee: Mitigation Strategies for Roasters

 

About Etienne

Founder, president and CEO of ECOTIERRA, Etienne Desmarais is passionate about social and environmental issues. He has more than 20 years of experience in the development of cooperative enterprises, social finance, Fairtrade and Organic certifications, carbon projects; always keeping the small stakeholders in the core of the ecosystems he is developing. Having validated the first forestry grouped carbon project covering a whole country in the world, the Shade Coffee and Cocoa Reforestation Project in Peru, ECOTIERRA is now involved in the operation of several large-scale projects and the design of many others in the Latin American and African regions.

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JON FERGUSON – MODERATOR

Coffee Quality Specialist, Arbor Day Foundation

Lecture: The Carbon Footprint of Coffee: Mitigation Strategies for Roasters

About Jon

Jon currently holds a position at the Arbor Day Foundation as the Coffee Quality Specialist where he manages the Arbor Day Foundation’s Project 2050 coffee agroforestry recognition program. Additionally, his work has focused on how to strengthen consumer participation in climate change mitigation strategies by providing a platform allowing coffee roasters and cafes to purchase carbon offsets from carbon sequestration and reforestation projects within coffee growing areas. He continues to travel extensively, further exploring coffee agroforestry and carbon sequestration program opportunities.

 
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MEREDITH TAYLOR

Sustainability Manager, Counter Culture Coffee

Lecture: The Carbon Footprint of Coffee: Mitigation Strategies for Roasters

About Meredith

Meredith has worked in specialty coffee for 9 years, starting as a barista and moving into customer support before entering her current role as the Sustainability Manager at Counter Culture Coffee. She has an educational background in environmental policy and enjoys drawing on this experience for her work on with the SCA on sustainability issues and her role at Counter Culture. She has been working with Duke University to study the use of participatory methodologies to address climate change adaptation and has recently piloted a farmer-based workshop that reflects those learnings.

 
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ANGELA PELAEZ

Industrial Engineer, RGC Coffee, Inc.

Lecture: Farmworkers Pilot in Colombia: A collaborative approach to improve farmworkers well-being

 

About Angela

Angela Pelaez is a third generation Colombian Coffee producer. She began her coffee career in 1998 with the FNC. She currently works for RGC Americas in Colombia as Sustainability Manager and serves as a volunteer of the Farmworker Committee of the SCA Sustainability Center. Her work seeks to create value for coffee producing communities through the supply chain and also supporting the industry in implementation of sustainable initiatives.

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CESAR JULIO DIAZ

Business AdministratorCooperativas de Caficultores de Agudas - Norte y Occidente de Caldas

Lecture: Farmworkers Pilot in Colombia: A collaborative approach to improve farmworkers well-being

 

About Cesar

Cesar Julio Diaz has worked all his life in coffee. He started 36 years ago in Alto Occidente de Caldas Cooperative, he is convinced about the importance of specialty coffee for the sustainable development of the coffee regions. Currently he is the manager of three Cooperatives: Aguadas. Alto Occidente and Norte de Caldas, where he has been fostering the implementation and commercialization of specialty coffee programs which are the focus of his work in order to improve the well-being of the coffee families.

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MIGUEL ZAMORA – MODERATOR

Agricultural EngineerUTZ

Lecture: Farmworkers Pilot in Colombia: A collaborative approach to improve farmworkers well-being

About Miguel

Miguel Zamora is the Head of the Americas Region for UTZ and current Chair of the SCA Sustainability Council. Miguel has been involved in agriculture for over 20 years. He leads UTZ efforts in the Americas to make sustainable farming the norm. Miguel’s work focuses on building and strengthening sustainable supply chains while creating opportunities for sustainable trade between farming communities and the coffee industry. Miguel holds an Agricultural Engineering degree from Zamorano University in Honduras and a Masters in Agricultural Economics from Michigan State University. He lives in Madison, Wisconsin.

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DANIEL MWAKALINGA

Agronomist, Vuasu Cooperative Union

Lecture: Why Coffee for the Next Generation of Farmers? What is Inspiring Them; What More is Needed?

About Daniel

Daniel Mwakalinga has been working for 5 years in the private and NGO coffee sector in the southern and northern parts of Tanzania. After being the extension agronomist for the Tanzania Coffee Research Institute, he decided to join Vuasu Cooperative as he was keen on going back to the field and work closely with young farmers. In the last year he’s gained considerable experience on certification schemes, business skills, and have managed to grasp the issues around coffee farming faced by young people and women in the country. In the future, Daniel would like to open his own coffee roasting company in Tanzania.

 
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JAMES ASTUHUAMAN SERNA – MODERATOR

Regional Associate, Twin

Lecture: Why Coffee for the Next Generation of Farmers? What is Inspiring Them; What More is Needed?

 

About James

James works with Twin's producer partners in South America on projects which focus primarily on youth engagement, gender equality and developing practices to become more resilient to climate change. James facilitates community groups with participatory methodologies and has worked with cooperatives for 10 years. After graduating with an Agronomy Engineering degree in Peru, he was an intern at an organic farm in USA. Back in his country, he was an auditor in a certification body and as Project Manager for National and International funds. James has significant experience in value chain development and knowledge on the coffee and cocoa sectors.

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JOANNA FURGIUELE 

Fundraising and Program ManagerCoffee Kids, Hanns R. Neumann Foundation

Lecture: Why Coffee for the Next Generation of Farmers? What is Inspiring Them; What More is Needed?

 

About Joanna

Joanna Furgiuele is the Fundraising and Program Manager for Coffee Kids, based in New York City. Coffee Kids is a program of the Hanns R. Neumann Foundation focused on the next generation of coffee farmers. Joanna began her career working in youth development at a US nonprofit organization. Interested in advancing her education, she pursued dual master’s degrees with a thesis on Climate Change and Coffee Communities officially entering the world of coffee. Her desire to work with young coffee farmers led her to Coffee Kids. Joanna is also a volunteer for the Re:Co Fellowship program.

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MARCELLINE BUDZA 

Founder & DirectorCoffee Kids, Rebuild Women's Hope

Lecture: Why Coffee for the Next Generation of Farmers? What is Inspiring Them; What More is Needed?

 

About Marcelline

Marcelline founded the women’s coffee producing association Rebuild Women’s Hope (RWH) in 2013 on Idjwi Island in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. She has helped many women regain their economic empowerment as coffee farmers. RWH now has 1,800 members, 2 washing stations and established exports to specialty markets. RWH's goal is to promote each woman, and develop in her a spirit of entrepreneurship and self-care, to ensure she understands her rights and duties. RWH's mission is to make each woman capable of fighting in all ways for her independence in society. Because building a woman's hope is building the hope of an entire nation. In 2017, Marcelline won the 2017 Robert Burns Humanitarian Award for her work.

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BETH ANN CASPERSEN 

Quality Control Manager, Equal Exchange

Lecture: Strengthening the Links of the Coffee Value Chain by Integrating Gender

About Beth Ann

As the Coffee Quality Control Manager the Equal Exchange Cooperative in West Bridgewater, MA, Beth Ann manages imported and roasted coffee quality from the point of origin through to the finished product. She is a trainer, a Q Instructor, an Authorized SCA Trainer and a graduate of the Sensory Science and Consumer Testing certificate program at UC Davis. Beth Ann is an advocate for women’s rights; she founded the Congo Coffee Project for Equal Exchange which supports survivors of sexual violence in the D.R. Congo and also helped to found Java Jog for a Cause.

 
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KIMBERLY EASSON – MODERATOR 

Founder & Strategic Director, The CQI Partnership for Gender Equality

Lecture: Strengthening the Links of the Coffee Value Chain by Integrating Gender

 

About Kimberly

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.

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NORA BURKEY  

Programs Research Advisor, The Partnership for Gender Equity

Lecture: Strengthening the Links of the Coffee Value Chain by Integrating Gender

About Nora

Nora Burkey joined the Partnership for Gender Equity in May, 2016, helping to build strategy and develop proposals for their work in 2017. She is now leading PGE’s field level project in Nicaragua and supporting the organization’s growth and research initiatives. Nora holds a Master’s in Sustainable Development from SIT Graduate Institute, where she focused on gender and food systems. For the past three years, she has lived in Nicaragua and is the founder of the non-profit The Chain Collaborative, which focuses on small community-led development projects with local leaders in coffee communities around the world.

 
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OLGA L CUELLAR G  

Sustainable Sourcing Manager, S&D Coffee and Tea

Lecture: Strengthening the Links of the Coffee Value Chain by Integrating Gender

 

About Olga

Olga leads S&D sustainable sourcing platform. Olga manages 16 sustainable programs in Central and South America, that impact over 4,000 farmers. Based in Bogota, Colombia, allows Olga to work closely with strategic partners. Olga comes from a small coffee-producing town in Colombia. She earned a master’s degree in Latin American Studies from the University of Arizona and wrote her thesis on the role of women in coffee production. In addition, she's trilingual; and has been working in the coffee industry for over a decade combining her passion for sustainable models and integrating farmer’s perspective under a sustainable coffee value chain.

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SHAWN STEIMAN, PH.D  

Coffee Scientist, Consultant, Entrepreneur, and Author, Daylight Mind Coffee Company

Lecture: A Novel Cupping Competition System: Introducing Transparency and Objectivity

 

About Shawn

Shawn Steiman, Ph.D, is a coffee scientist, consultant, and entrepreneur. His coffee research has included coffee production, entomology, ecology, physiology, biochemistry, organoleptic quality, and brewing. He owns Coffea Consulting and Daylight Mind Coffee Company. Steiman regularly presents seminars and workshops, and tastings for both public and private events. He has authored numerous articles in scientific journals, trade magazines, newsletters, and newspapers. He is the author of The Hawai‘i Coffee Book, The Little Coffee Know-It-All, and co-editor and author of Coffee- A Comprehensive Guide to the Bean, the Beverage, and the Industry.

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KRAIG H. KRAFT – MODERATOR

Regional Technical Advisor, Coffee & Cacao, Catholic Relief Services

Lecture: Farm Profitability – the Impact of Best Practices and GAP

About Tracy

Tracy Ging is Vice President of Strategic Development for S&D Coffee and Tea, current Chair of World Coffee Research and serves on the Board of Directors for the Specialty Coffee Association. She received the SCAA’s 2016 Special Recognition Award.

 
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MARK LUNDY 

Senior Researcher, International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)

Lecture: Farm Profitability – the Impact of Best Practices and GAP

About Mark

Mark Lundy is a Senior Scientist at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture, CIAT, in Cali, Colombia. His work focuses on the role of markets in reducing rural poverty including learning networks to increase capacities for enterprise development, the role of public agencies to promote market access and how to establish and sustain effective trading relationships between buyers and smallholder farmers. Emerging areas of work include sustainable food systems and climate resilient value chains. Mark is lead author of guides on rural enterprise development, the LINK method on inclusive business models and an active participant in multi-stakeholder forums focused on sustainability and smallholder inclusion.

 
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PAUL STEWART 

Global Coffee Director, TechnoServe

Lecture: Farm Profitability – the Impact of Best Practices and GAP

About Paul

Paul Stewart directs TechnoServe’s coffee portfolio globally, overseeing a portfolio of coffee projects with over 300 staff working to increase the coffee income of farmers across East Africa and Latin America. Over the course of a 15-year career at TechnoServe, Paul has helped build its coffee practice into a recognized leader in “shared value” solutions that reduce poverty for farmers while developing sustainable supply chains for coffee businesses.

 
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PAULO VAN DER VEN 

Managing Director, RD2 Vision

Lecture: Farm Profitability – the Impact of Best Practices and GAP

About Paulo

Paulo is the Director of RD2 Vision and holds both Colombian and Dutch nationality. He obtained his Masters degree in Agronomy in France. He works at the crossroad of agronomy and socio-economics and has a deep understanding of the real challenges that need to be overcome in tropical agriculture. He believes that listening to farmers and understanding the industry’s constraints is key to developing the best solutions. Paulo has been involved in projects related to the Profitability / Productivity relationship with various coffee stakeholders.

 
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RUTH ANN CHURCH 

President, Artisan Coffee Imports

Lecture: Farm Profitability – the Impact of Best Practices and GAP

About Ruth Ann

Ruth Ann Church is President and Q Grader at Artisan Coffee Imports, (www.ArtisanCoffeeImports.com) founded in 2009. The mission at Artisan is to trade great-tasting coffee sustainably and in ways that improve the lives of farmers. Artisan offers supply chain process management to producer organizations that want to improve quality and profit margins. Ruth Ann recently completed a master’s degree in Community Sustainability at Michigan State University. She is based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and travels frequently to Rwanda. She volunteers as a board member of the International Women’s Coffee Alliance (IWCA) focusing on Research & Impact Assessment. rachurch@artisancoffeeimports.com.

 
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JOSE ARNOLD PINEDA 

Ingeniero Agrónomo, Instituto Hondureño de Cafe

Lecture: NUTRICIÓN FOLIAR EN LOS PERÍODOS DE PRE Y POST-FLORACIÓN, Y SU INCIDENCIA EN LA FENOLOGIA Y PRODUCTIVIDAD DEL CAFETO (Coffea arábica)

About Jose

El presente trabajo fue conducido para verificar respuestas fenologicas y efectos en la productividad ,al adicionar como complemento de nutricion paquetes de foliares en las epocas adecuadas y recomendadas por los tecnicos agricolas,que asesora cultivos de cafe a nivel de latinoamerica. The present work was conducted to verify phenological responses and effects on productivity, adding as a complement of nutrition packets of foliares in the appropriate times and recommended by agricultural technicians, who advises coffee crops at the level of Latin America.

 
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DEVORAH FREUDIGER 

Director of Retail, Equator Coffee & Teas

Lecture: Cafe Design & Company Culture: How thoughtful design can radically transform your company, your staff & your future.

 

About Devorah

Devorah Freudiger got a summer job as a barista in 2004 and was hooked from her first cupping. She helped open Ritual Coffee Roasters as their first employee, then she moved to Gimme! Coffee as retail trainer. Devorah joined Equator Coffees in 2011, she is currently the Director of Retail. She works on cafe operations, product development and has been integral in opening 7 stores. She has been involved in the Good Food Awards since 2011, competed regionally and nationally in the USBC and was a founding member of the Bay Area Coffee Community.

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LAILA GHAMBARI  

Director of Education, Stumptown Coffee Roasters

Lecture: Cafe Design & Company Culture: How thoughtful design can radically transform your company, your staff & your future.

About Laila

Laila Ghambari's coffee journey began as a child, going to work with her father at Cherry Street Coffee House, their family business that has been operating in Seattle for over 20 years with 11 cafes. She currently works at Stumptown Coffee Roaster in Portland, Or as the Director of Education & Training Operations. She has sat on the Executive Council for the Barista Guild of America for the last 5 years and in 2014 she won the United States Barista Competition. She finds the most pride in her title as mother to her one & half year old son, Fitzgerald.

 
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RICHARD SANDLIN – MODERATOR  

General Manager - The Crown: Royal Coffee Lab & Tasting Room

Lecture: Cafe Design & Company Culture: How thoughtful design can radically transform your company, your staff & your future.

 

About Richard

Since 2008, Richard has focused on sustainable sourcing, farmer justice & coffee excellence. Currently, he is the General Manager of Royal Coffee’s educational facility, The Crown: Royal Coffee Lab & Tasting Room. Prior to his coffee career, he lived and worked in Tokyo and Moscow teaching English. Richard was a co-founder of the Bay Area Coffee Community (BACC) & has taught SCA coursework throughout the US, China & Japan. He is a licensed A.S.T., holds B.a. from UC Berkeley and is conversant in Japanese, Spanish & Russian. Richard lives in Oakland with his wife & their 12 pound dog, Yuzu.

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MARK V. HOWLEY  

CEO/Owner, Pacific Bag Inc.

Lecture: Cafe Design & Company Culture: How thoughtful design can radically transform your company, your staff & your future.

 

About Mark

Mark Howley is the CEO and majority owner of Pacific Bag, Inc. in Woodinville, WA. Pacific Bag manufactures their patented one-way degassing valve (i.e. the little belly button in coffee bags) and supplies premade bags for coffee & snacks throughout the world. The business services over 5000 customers in over 60 countries. PBi celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2015. Mark’s education and career started in suburban Philadelphia. His early twenties were personally rocky and mid-way through the 1980’s he found himself in a terrible situation. His mother had died of cancer and he subsequently realized alcohol and drugs were going to ruin him. He cleaned up (and remains clean and sober today), then started anew at the bottom rung in the sales world; telemarketing. His coffee packaging experience covers the full gamut of sales, marketing, product management, executive management, and ownership in his industry. He has spoken at events throughout the world and has written articles for industry magazines since the 1990’s. In addition to his professional experience and success, he has been married for over 25 years and is the father of five daughters.

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ALEXANDRA  KATONA-CARROLL

Marketing & Communications Manager, CQI

Lecture: Coffee Producer Branding: Promote Your Coffee Online

 

About Alex

Alexandra (or Alex) has been working in the specialty coffee industry for a decade. She spends her time creating and coordinating marketing and communications efforts for CQI. Alex likes to think she can simplify complex information, making it look appealing and sound delightful. Captivated by coffee at her Alma Mater, University of Michigan, she worked with a coffee co-op in Chiapas and helped co-found a student run business. She’s drawn to the lovely and passionate people that make up the specialty coffee industry.