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The NCA Next Generation 

Meet the future leaders of the coffee industry

Join the NCA Next Gen Coffee Professional Group 

The Next Generation group is an ongoing initiative from the NCA to support talented young professionals who are passionate about the coffee industry. 

Whether you want to change your career or change the world, we encourage you to get involved. This is a unique opportunity to build your network, gain real-world leadership experience, and give back to the community. (And you never know where the opportunity could lead.)

For more information, please contact Matthew Cariani at

About Next Gen

The group will be structured in two levels: leadership (the Next Gen Council) and membership. 

General membership is open to young professionals between the ages of 18-39 who are working or interning in the coffee industry at an NCA member company.

Registration is accepted on a rolling basis. Those interested in being a member of the General Membership should submit this form, or contact Matthew Cariani at

The Next Gen Council

You can help shape the future of the NCA - and the coffee industry.

Members of the Next Gen Council will establish themselves as industry leaders through unique, hands-on experience and networking opportunities with NCA Board members and senior executives.

Next Gen Leadership will be responsible for setting the strategic direction of the group and working with the NCA Board of Directors. The council consists of three officers (Past-Chair, Chair, Vice-Chair) and five council members. Leadership roles are determined by the NCA External Member Relations (EMR) Committee.

Non-officer council members must chair or co-chair one of the Next Gen Council committees.

NCA Next Gen Council members must be employed by NCA member organizations. 

NCA Next Gen Council Application 

NCA Next Gen Committees

Looking to get more involved in the NCA Next Gen? Join one of three Next Gen Committees. Play an integral role in the planning and execution of Next Gen initiatives. We are looking for dedicated, enthusiastic and motivated people to join the Communications, Events and Engagement Committees.

Committee Request Form 

Janet Colley Morse
Vice President, The Dupuy Group

Janet Colley Morse represents the 4th generation of The Dupuy Group, which was founded by John Dupuy in 1936. Since the early years as a New Orleans coffee warehouse, Dupuy has expanded to 4 additional port cities including Miami, Houston, Jacksonville, FL, and Charleston, SC. With coffee still serving as the main commodity handled by Dupuy, the company has broadened its scope to include a variety of value added services including cleaning, upgrading, and blending.

Janet serves as Vice President and is one of two remaining family members, the other of which being her father, Allan Colley, who serves as President of the organization. She serves on the Logistics Committee of the Green Coffee Association, is a past President of the Southern Coffee Association, and is currently President of theGreen Coffee Association of New Orleans.


BawotVice Chair
Kyle Bawot
Coffee Trader, Olam Americas

Kyle Bawot is a coffee trader at Olam Americas. He attended Skidmore College, from where he holds a BA in Economics. His interest in coffee was first sparked while serving as a Peace Corps Economic Development volunteer in Northern Peru, where he was first able to learn about the coffee supply chain. Shortly after his return to the US, Kyle landed an entry level position at Olam where he quickly worked his way into a trading role.

Kyle holds both Q Grader and ICE Exchange Grader licenses and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in International Political Economy on a full scholarship at Fordham University. His passion for the industry continues to grow but his true interest lies in addressing the ongoing sustainability challenges our industry faces.


CernaGustavo Cerna
Sr.Manager Coffee and Tea, National DCP

Gustavo has been immersed in the agricultural and coffee industry since he was born. His initial exposure to coffee came by constantly visiting his family farms in Northern Nicaragua, and working in his family’s roasting operation. There he worked in the areas of farming, quality control, exports, roasting, and packaging.

After graduating high school from Nicaragua, he attended Loyola University New Orleans where he studied Finance and International Business. Upon graduation, he worked in the Starbucks supply chain and then he followed his passion for Agriculture by obtaining his master in Agricultural Economics from Cornell University. Further on, he took a sabbatical from Coffee and worked in Cocoa production/trading and breeding. He then returned to focus on coffee, and he placed 9th in the 2018 Cup of Excellence of Nicaragua.

He then returned to the US to work in the National DCP (Supply Chain Cooperative for Dunkin’) where he currently oversees procurement of green coffee, and distribution of roasted coffee to the Dunkin’ system. He is a passionate for sustainable progress and developing cost effective solutions for all parties in the coffee supply chain.


DietrichBent Dietrich Jr.
Green Coffee Trader, American Coffee Corp./Hamburg Coffee Company

Having grown up around the family business of coffee trading, Bent now spends his days connecting coffee roasters with coffee growers across the world.

Born and raised in Hamburg, Germany, Bent moved to the United States in 2013 to attend Northeastern University in Boston. After testing the waters of the banking world, a few months of working in the Hamburg offices of Hamburg Coffee Company, and some coffee-centric travels through Central America, Bent joined American Coffee’s trading desk in 2019.

A certified Q Grader, Bent is excited to carry forward the Hamburg Coffee legacy of independent coffee trading, leveraging local relationships and knowledge to provide roasters throughout the globe with the world’s best beverage.


JohnsonNora Johnson
Commodities Manager, Massimo Zanetti Beverage USA

Nora Johnson is a Commodities Manager with Massimo Zanetti Beverage USA (MZB-USA), one of the largest private label coffee manufacturers and owner of several retail coffee brands including Chock full o’Nuts®, Kauai Coffee®, Hills Bros.®, Hills Bros.® Cappuccino, Segafredo Zanetti®, MJB®, and Chase & Sanborn®. In her role, Nora manages futures and physical positions for several MZB-USA clients and is responsible for trade execution in addition to supporting the company’s responsible sourcing strategy. A Licensed Q Arabica Grader, Nora is part of MZB-USA’s dedicated green coffee cupping team.

Nora began her coffee career in 2016 as a summer intern with the Massimo Zanetti Beverage USA Commodities Department. Upon graduating summa cum laude from Florida Gulf Coast University in 2017 with a B.S. in Finance, Nora proudly joined MZB-USA full-time as an analyst and has since been promoted to Commodities Manager.


LabibMelanie Labib
Manager of R&D and Green Coffee Quality for Eight O'Clock Coffee, Division of Tata Consumer Products

Melanie has worked on both the specialty and commercial sides of coffee. While a Q grader since 2018, she has almost 10 years of experience in sensory science, ranging from coffee to chocolate to liquor.  In addition to her titled role, Melanie manages the coffee sustainability program at Eight O'Clock Coffee and is passionate about ensuring a future for the industry.

She holds a degree in Food Science from University of Maryland and a Masters in Business Administration from Georgetown University.


RombadoMyrna Rombado
Green Coffee Buyer, Community Coffee Company

Myrna is a graduate of the University of Texas with a bachelor of science in Biology and has nearly 10 years’ experience working in various roles across the coffee manufacturing supply chain, both for private label and branded companies. Currently, Myrna works as the green coffee buyer at Community Coffee Company in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She is a licensed Q Arabica Grader who enjoys cupping coffee, traveling to origin and continuing to build on the great sourcing partnerships established by Community Coffee for the past 100 years.