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  • Sales Representative, Caravela Coffee   Alexa is a Sales Representative at Caravela Coffee. While she started in coffee at a small cafe in Lubbock, Texas, She is now a licensed Q-Grader, Q-Processing ...
  • Author and Educator, Coffee Sustainability Dr. Alissa Bilfield is a faculty member in the Food Systems, Nutrition, and Health Program at the University of Washington School of Public Health in Seattle ...
  • Owner, Sip & Sonder While practicing law, Amanda-Jane Thomas and Shanita Nicholas became friends, business partners and eventually founders of Sip & Sonder, the first specialty coffee house in Inglewo ...
  • Cafe Sales Manager, Cropster Andrew Driscoll as Cropster's Cafe Sales Manager. He works with coffee retailers, Cropster customers, and experts in cafe operations. Andrew has worked with cafes on all a ...
  • Director of Brand Development, Barista 22 Syrups & Sauces Beginning her coffee career in 1997 as a barista, Anna currently manages the Barista 22 line of syrups, sauces and powders. Having extensive e ...
  • Chief Coffee Officer, Bellwether Coffee One of Blue Bottle Coffee’s very first employees, Arno was a part of the company’s meteoric rise for more than a decade. As a lifelong coffee person, his breadt ...
  • Owner, Demitasse Bobak Roshan is the founder of Demitasse, an LA-based specialty coffee roaster with a cafe in Santa Monica. Sprudge called Café Demitasse one of 'Los Angeles’ more prominent coffee ro ...
  • CEO and Founder, Geign LLC Brian Shannon is the CEO and Founder of Geign LLC. He focuses on technology application solutions, creative content development, and strategy and leadership consulting to he ...
  • CEO, Goodmylk Co Brooke began to experiment with real food recipes that led to her own health transformation, and she wanted to share her passion with others. And so she opened Made With Love Wellness ...
  • SCA Trainer, Q Arabica Instructor Candice Madison has worked in specialty coffee for over a decade, as an accomplished barista, roaster, and trainer. She is a Q Arabica Instructor for the Coffee Quali ...
  • Co-Owners, South LA Cafe Celia and Joe Ward-Wallace are co-owners of South LA Cafe, a coffee shop and cultural center designed to build community through coffee, culture and connection. Alongside thei ...
  • Owner, Keys to the Shop Podcast and Consulting Chris Deferio is a 20+ year veteran of the specialty coffee industry. Over the years working in the trenches of some of the nations best shops Chris has ...
  • Owner and Operator, Little Lunch Coffee Click here to learn more and see what sessions Chris is speaking at!
  • TradeWind Coffee With a degree in journalism from University of Georgia and a career in film/video production under his belt, Christian has spent the last 5 years exploring opportunities to engage the ...
  • Lease Consultant, The Lease Coach The Lease Coach is North America's #1 Authority on Leasing for Restaurant & Coffee Shop Tenants. The Lease Coach has 8 offices across America and has been exclusively ...
  • Director of Sales, impulseGUIDE Damon Piatek (pee-ah-tek) is Director of Sales at Impulse Guide and Co-Owner of Welke Customs Brokers USA Inc. He is also a Licensed U.S. Customs Broker, and Certified ...
  • CEO, US Roaster Corp Dan Jolliff is the president of Roaster Exchange (US Roaster Corp.) which was founded in 1995. US Roaster Corp. builds and sells equipment to coffee roasters and various other rel ...
  • Director of Coffee, Love Coffee Bar I am a father, music lover and coffee professional tapping into 11 years of experience as a barista, leader, and trainer. My goal is to assist in the ongoing creati ...
  • Head of Sales and Marketing, Dillanos Coffee Roasters Dave is the Head of Sales and Marketing for Dillanos Coffee Roasters. After a successful career at Nordstrom, Dave has served for over a decade in ...
  • Principal, The Coffee Standard David Gurr specializes in branding within the coffee industry by creating lasting and impactful design for cafes and roasters. He has co-led lectures at both SCA and Cof ...
  • Customer Service Manager, Toddy Cold Brew Devon Powers is the Customer Service Manager at Toddy, a company at the forefront of cold brewing since 1964. Devon spends much of his time talking to coffee ...
  • Owner, Farm Cup Coffee Owner and Operator Emerson Haro started Farm Cup Coffee as an inspiration to bring responsibly sourced coffee back into the United States. Together with his partner Anthony Yuan ...
  • Customer Service Supervisor, Dillanos Coffee Roasters Emily is the leader of the Business Development and Customer Service Teams at Dillanos Coffee Roasters. Having worked in coffee for over 10 years, ...
  • Founder and CEO, Couplet Coffee Gefen Skolnick is the founder and CEO of Couplet Coffee, Gen-Z's favorite coffee brand. In a nutshell, Couplet Coffee is aiming to make specialty coffee more fun and ap ...
  • Sales, Two Leaves and a Bud Hannah is a former barista who has a passion for beverage crafting: specifically tea-based beverages! She has been with the Two Leaves and a Bud team since December 2021, a ...