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Colleen Anunu
Director of Coffee, Gimme! Coffee

Colleen Anunu has been with Gimme! Coffee in Ithaca, NY since 2004. As Gimme’s Roasting Department Manager, she has had experience with small batch roasting and profile development on both Sivetz fluid bed and Probat drum style roasters. After receiving her Q Grader license and SCAA Cupping Judge certification in 2009, Colleen became Gimme’s first Director of Coffee. She oversees green coffee selection, production roasting, roasting R&D, and coffee-related communication. Colleen’s efforts with Gimme have been featured in Roast Magazine (May/June, 2008) and Coffee Talk (October, 2008).


Caroline Bell
Co-Owner, Café Grumpy

Caroline Bell is the Co-Owner of Café Grumpy – an independent coffee venture in NYC that she opened in 2005 with her husband/business partner, Chris. Café Grumpy has since grown to include three locations, an in-house coffee roastery and an online store. It has been recognized by national and local media as one of NYC’s best coffee shops and also for bringing brewed-to-order specialty coffee to the forefront of the market.Caroline manages the daily operations of the business including organizing public coffee cuppings, classes and special events.She developed a business model that provides baristas with opportunities to develop their roles and expertise in line with an expanding environment.

 

Roxanne Bensason
Senior Director, Brand Marketing, Dunkin' Brands, Inc.

Roxanne is a native of Canada and has spent her entire career in foodservice marketing and brand building. Her experience is diverse – both in international and domestic, manufacturing and retail.
Roxanne joined Dunkin Brands in 2002 on the International side of the business. As a Field Marketing Director, she worked closely with Franchisees and Licensees in Canada, Latin America and the Middle East for both Dunkin Donuts and Baskin Robbins. She received a gold Reggie in 2005 for her work with Baskin Robbins on a project with Yahoo.
For the last 5 years, she focused on Dunkin Donuts USA in Field Marketing, overseeing the brand’s development all the way from NY to Florida.  Roxanne recently assumed the role of Senior Director in Brand Marketing leading the beverage business for Dunkin’s Donuts.
She holds an MBA from McGill University, has 3 active children and drinks plenty of Dunkin Donuts coffee daily.

 


Daryn Berlin
Director of Regional Development, Counter Culture Coffee

Daryn was Counter Culture’s first employee, in 1995, and has been a part of the Counter Culture Coffee scene ever since in a number of different roles; he served as roaster, green coffee buyer, production manager, and general manager before settling on his current position, which involves sales and customer relations in areas where Counter Culture is newer to the coffee scene, most recently Philadelphia and New York City. He grew up in Orlando and got his start in the service industry by working at several restaurants and hotels in Disney World, including his first job as a waiter in Cinderella’s Castle in the Magic Kingdom. When he isn’t talking coffee, Daryn enjoys spending time with his family, running, watching TV, and putzing around the yard.

 

 


Oren Bloostein
Founder and Owner, Oren’s Daily Roast

Over the past twenty-four years, Oren's Daily Roast has grown from one store on First Avenue and 82nd Street, to ten stores, a roasting plant, and a specialty coffee website.  It all began with the concept: buy the very best green coffee, roast it fresh daily, and sell it at reasonable prices. Oren is a well rounded coffee entrepreneur; he has been awarded Best Brewed Coffee in New York by New York magazine, and was the first to receive the Roaster's Choice Award. He has also presented on NBC's Today Show. For five years Oren has developed the Oren's at Origin Program, a Fair Trade endeavor that promises coffee growers the best compensation for the best quality.  Oren's at Origin also participates in philanthropic endeavors in Ethiopia.
 


Jim Cleaves
Manager-Coffee Excellence, Dunkin' Brands Inc.

Jim has experience in every aspect of the coffee industry—from his start in the 1970’s at one of the country’s first specialty coffee roasters to roasting green coffee at one of the largest companies in the world (Sara Lee/Douwe Egberts) to his cupping skills, Jim is a highly regarded member of the coffee industry. Today Jim enjoys engaging his cupping skills at Dunkin, as one of the tools needed to help select Dunkin Donuts Quality (DDQ) coffees. Jim is active in the coffee industry and has been recognized for his coffee knowledge and skills. He is a certified Q grader, the most rigorous coffee skills certification program in the industry. He has also judged at the internationally recognized Cup of Excellence program, in which fine coffees from small farmers are judged by international cupping juries, and then auctioned on the Internet.

 


Dennis Dran
Manager of Product Technology, Mother Parker's Tea & Coffee

Dennis Dran has more than 27 years of experience in coffee, having had responsibilities in a wide variety of areas encompassing soluble coffee manufacturing, product quality, Total Quality Management, Business Process Reengineering, product development, technical customer service, green coffee quality and organic certification. He has been a Certified Quality Engineer with the American Society for Quality and is a licensed coffee grader for the New York Board of Trade / ICE Intercontinental Exchange, and a licensed Q-Grader for the Coffee Quality Institute. Dennis is employed as Manager of Product Technology and Development with Mother Parker's Tea & Coffee and works from an office / lab in New Jersey.

 

Jim Fisher
Partner, OneAccord & Board Member, Utz Certified - Good Inside

Jim Fisher is a Principal at OneAccord Partners where his clients have included Smith & Wollensky’s, NICA Professional Services, and Not Your Average Joe’s. He’s an enterprising senior marketing executive with a record of designing innovative programs. Early in his professional career, Jim served as Vice President and Management Supervisor at several worldwide advertising firms (Young & Rubicam, Ogilvy & Mather, and DDB) where he developed marketing strategies, increased brand recognition, and rolled out new products for packaged goods clients Campbell’s, Del Monte, General Mills, and S. C. Johnson as well as McDonald’s restaurants. Jim went on to become Cracker Barrel Old Country Store's first Marketing Vice President and Senior Vice President of Marketing for Au Bon Pain. He received his BA in Economics from Yale University and his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business (BSB). Jim lives in Boston with his wife, Pam, and stays in close touch with his three children.
 

 

George Howell
Founder, Terroir Coffee

George Howell founded Coffee Connection in Cambridge, MA in 1974. He grew Coffee Connection into 24 company-owned stores throughout New England, and sold his high-quality popular coffee company to Starbucks in 1994. After being awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Specialty Coffee Association of America in 1996, he returned to coffee-traveling world-wide, and in 1997 worked on models of economic sustainability for coffee farmers for the United Nations and the International Coffee Organization. This led directly to the co-founding of the 1999 Cup Of Excellence program, designed to help break the commodity/price cycle in the specialty coffee industry. Howell, educated at Yale University, lives in Wayland, MA, and travels extensively to coffee producing farms. He has written for many food and beverage publications, has guest lectured at Harvard University, Boston University and Johnson & Wales and is working on a new book about producing high quality coffee. In 2004 he created the George Howell Coffee Company and its Terroir Coffee brand www.terroircoffee.com, which specializes in single estate coffees and pioneers in raising quality coffee standards to much higher levels. In 2007 Howell was awarded the Specialty Coffee Association of Europe’s highest honor, the Better Coffee World Award.


Sherri Johns
Managing Director, Whole Cup Coffee Consulting, LLC

Sherri Johns is President and Founder of Whole Cup Coffee Consulting, LLC and the Ultimate Barista Challenge. Sherri is a Lead Trainer at BEST Coffee School, a Professional Cupper, Head Judge for Cup of Excellence, International Tasting judge in Coffee, Barista and Food Competitions. She is a featured author, writer and speaker throughout the globe. Sherri specializes in Coffee Education, Barista Training and International Development in retail, marketing, branding and expansion working seamlessly in a variety of cultures, between professionals, producers, associations and consumers.
 


Jon Lewis
Membership Liaison, Cup of Excellence

With a background immersed in coffee as a barista, learning to roast, and running a localized coffee business, Jon Lewis loves to connect with the worldwide coffee community as the Membership Liaison of the Alliance for Coffee Excellence - communicating and helping deliver the benefits of the ever-rippling Cup of Excellence program.  Whether representing ACE in producing countries or visiting the muli-cultural marketplaces of ACE's members, Jon is a student of coffee, trying to creatively tell coffee's many stories in delicious ways.  he lives in Missoula, Montana with his little family and big garden.
 


Fernanda Mazzuco
Co-owner, Joy Brazil Coffe, Inc.

Fernanda Mazzuco is the co-owner of Joy Brazil Coffee, Inc., a company that specializes in importing specialty coffees from Brazil. She has been working in the coffee industry for more than a decade, and has served as the senior marketing executive for a leading Brazilian coffee company where she was instrumental in the development of their export strategy. She also pioneered the Barista Championship in Brazil through its Barista and Coffee Association (ACBB).


John T. Meyer
Vice President, Coffee Division, ADM Investor Services

John is a third generation member of the coffee business for the past 32 years where he began working in the coffee futures and options end as a floor clerk. Eventually he became a full member of the then Coffee, Sugar and Cocoa Exchange Inc. in 1980. Later in his career he took over for his father at Edward Meyer & Co. as a green coffee broker before moving on to Irving R. Boody & Co. as manager of the green coffee dealer desk sourcing both Arabica and Robusta coffees on a global basis. For the past nine years, John has been Vice president, Coffee Division, at ADM Investor Services Inc., advising clients both at origin and importing nations, dealers and roasters alike, on their risk management. John continues to be a full member of ICE Futures US Exchange where he is a Licensed Grader and Classifier for the ICE US Coffee “C” Contract as well as a member of the ICE US Exchanges Coffee committee, Board of Coffee Graders and Arbitration Committee. John is a long time member of the Green Coffee Association Inc. participating on its Standard Type and Activity Committees.
 

 

Andrew Miller
President, Cafe Imports

Andrew Miller is the president and founder of Café Imports, a boutique green coffee importing company based in Minneapolis MN. He has a B.A. from the University of Minnesota and twenty years of restaurant experience before launching an importing business in 1993.
Fourteen years later, he and the Café Imports team are sourcing and selling some of the world’s finest coffees and working with some of the nation’s best roasters to bring a revolutionary coffee experience to the people. They are working with Cup of Excellence coffees, innovative new “Miro-lots” , building a state of the art coffee lab and conducting cutting edge green coffee storage experiments to continue the knowledge curve and expand the possibilities of great coffee. He currently serves on the SCAA Professional Development and on the Advisory Committee for the Cup of Excellence.

 

John Moore
VP of Sales & Marketing, Dallis Bros. Coffee

John Moore has been involved in roasting, running espresso bars, sourcing, training, owning cafes, and just about every element of the coffee industry both here and abroad since 1993. John started with Dallis Bros. Coffee in 2007 as the green coffee buyer and Director of Coffee, and is currently working as V.P. of Sales & Marketing. He has been a Cup of Excellence International Judge on multiple continents and is a Certified “Q” Grader."
 


Taylor Mork
President, Crop to Cup Coffee

Taylor, based in New York, is Founder and President of Chicago and NY-based Crop to Cup Coffee (C2C), a green coffee importer and distributor of relationship beans to roasters, and a wholesale roasted brand for food service and private label. Taylor currently manages C2C's East Coast operations and customer base, as well as green coffee buying. Prior to C2C, Taylor was based in London as Europe Sales Manager for the US-based STR Responsible Sourcing. There he worked with brands and retailers to assess and remediate social and environmental issues in global supply chains.
In 2004 Taylor co-founded DevelopNet Iganga, a nonprofit ICT training center in Iganga, Uganda. While living there, Taylor also served as Country Director for Main Trader Ltd., a nonprofit specialty coffee exporter based in Mbale, Uganda.


Neil Oney
Co-owner, TampTamp Inc.

Neil Oney is a part owner of TampTamp Inc, a coffee services company that specializes in coffee education and consulting for the specialty coffee industry. TampTamp started in 2008 and has since become one of the premier coffee services companies in the United States. Neil is a certified Canadian Barista Championship judge and US Barista Championship competitor, as well as one of only three SCAA credentialed instructors in the New York area. He has been in the coffee industry for several years, traveling and tasting coffee wherever he goes.

 

Don Pisano
Vice President, American Coffee Corp.

Don Pisano is Vice President of American Coffee Corp.in Jersey City, New Jersey, a unit of the German trading company, Hamburg Coffee Company Hacofco mbH. At American Coffee Corp, Pisano manages the import logistics and contract execution for the group’s North American operations. Don has served the National Coffee Association as chairman of its Traffic Sub-committee since 2003, working to improve the transportation, storage, and handling of coffee imported into the United States while supporting the efforts of the NCA’s Government Affairs Committee. In addition to being an active member of the National Coffee Association, Don has also served the Green Coffee Association (GCA) as chairman of its Traffic and Warehouse Committee, as a technical arbitrator for contract disputes, and as a member of its Board of Directors. He had previously served the New York Board of Trade for 12 years as chairman of the Warehouse and License Committee.

 

 


Grant Rattray
Managing Director, Cup of Excellence

Grant has recently joined The Alliance for Coffee Excellence as Managing Director on the Cup of Excellence program after working in sales & marketing at Mercanta, a green coffee sourcing and importing company based in London. Highly knowledgeable of specialty coffee, Grant has given many presentations in Brazil, Europe, Asia, and South Africa. Grant is also an experienced coffee cupper.


Alexis Rubinstein,
Editor-in-Chief, Tea & Coffee Trade Journal

Alexis Rubinstein was born and raised in New York City. After graduating from the University of Arizona, she worked in the editorial field before finally settling in to her position as Editor in Chief at Tea & Coffee Trade Journal. She continues to write for her publication, reporting on industry trends, advances in equipment and, her personal favorite, stories at origin. As a newer member to the trade, she is continuously researching and working to become an integral member of the tea and coffee communities.
 

 

Jonathan Rubinstein
Owner, Joe the Art of Coffee

Jonathan, owner of Joe, began his career as a talent agent, during which time he noticed that many of the city’s cafes focused more on their décor and atmosphere than on the coffee they served. In 2002, he left the entertainment field to open a coffee shop that would be obsessively committed to producing a great cup of joe. At Joe, the coffee is the priority: beans from a boutique supplier(Ecco Caffe), top-of-the-line espresso machines(including the $14,000 La Marzocco GB4, the Rolls Royce of the field), and rigorously trained baristi, some of whom have worked at Seattle’s best coffee shops and pour beautiful latte art, a rare skill. Mr. Rubinstein also consults New York restaurants on their coffee service and regularly gives lectures and does radio and tv shows on coffee and espresso.
 

 

James Schoenhut
President, Royal New York

James is President of Royal Coffee New York, a specialty Green Importer. James has been working in specialty coffee for over 17 years, first as a roaster/retailer before starting Royal New York. He enjoys the challenge of discovering great coffees and the people that stand behind them. He and the Royal crew have hosted Cup of Excellence events for the past 4 years.



 

 

Jon H. Stefenson
Director of Marketing, Atlantic (USA) Inc.
 

Petra Tanos
Coordinator, Sustainable Value Chains, Rainforest Alliance

 

Petra Tanos is currently the Coordinator of Sustainable Value Chains in the Sustainable Agriculture division of the Rainforest Alliance. She works to develop international markets for tea, coffee and cocoa from Rainforest Alliance Certified™ farms, engaging businesses and supporting their marketing efforts to increase awareness of the Rainforest Alliance Certified™ green frog seal. She manages the Rainforest Alliance Cupping for Quality, a market linkage program aimed at highlighting the linkage between sustainable farm management practices and cup quality. Prior to the Rainforest Alliance, Petra worked for the Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity and the Fair Food Foundation. She is a published food writer and holds a degree in food studies from the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo, Italy and an MA from University College London.


Jonathan White
Executive Vice President, White Coffee Corporation


Jonathan White has been with White Coffee Corp. since 1990. He has spoken at multiple coffee industry conferences, including the NCA and the SCAA. He has written for a variety of gourmet coffee and specialty food trade publications. He has been quoted for industry expertise in such venues as the Wall Street Journal, CNN and Crains NY Business. He is an attorney by training and sits on the board of several community and business organizations. White Coffee Corp. is one of the largest privately held coffee roasters in the New York metropolitan area. A third generation family owned business, White Coffee has an unsurpassed reputation as a provider of quality coffee products and unequalled service. A pioneer in the specialty coffee industry, White Coffee’s customer base extends through prominent hotels, restaurants, specialty stores, catalogue companies, full-line distributors, supermarkets and regional coffee chains.

 

Christian Wolthers
President/CEO, Wolthers America


Christian was born in Brazil in 1958 where his father, John Wolthers, was the green coffee buyer for the Scandinavian Co-Op Supermarket Group. As a child, Christian followed his father into coffee farms in Parana, Sao Paulo, and Minas Gerais. At the age of 16, Christian started to grade and cup coffee from these same regions. Later, Christian worked in different export and import trade companies and in coffee roasters in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Holland, and USA. Christian founded green coffee sourcing and quality assurance companies: Wolthers & Associates Brazil in 1991, and Wolthers, Vittrup & Associates in Colombia and Guatemala in 2005 and 2006, respectively. In April 2008, Christian founded Wolthers America, Inc., a green coffee importer promoting Brazilian Estate and fine regional coffees. CBW served on different Boards and NGO's becoming President of the SCAA from 2004-2005 and Chairman of the Dutch NGO, Utz Certified from 2005-2007.