Founder, Gold Mountain Coffee Growers, L.L.C.
TOPIC: How to establish effective direct trade relationships based on quality
Benjamin Weiner is the founder of Gold Mountain Coffee Growers, a direct trade social enterprise that connects farmers of exquisite specialty coffees in Nicaragua with roasters throughout the world. Gold Mountain Coffee Growers has its own farm in Nicaragua called “Finca Idealista,” works with partner farms, and ships coffees direct from farmers to roasters.
TOPIC: Explore the options for incorporating a successful tea program into your business.
Tea is often overlooked by many coffee roasters and shop owners, but this humble leaf is a growing trend that can easily be used to maximize your profits. Manish Shah will be your guide through the world of tea as he puts his 20 years of experience to work for you. Together you will explore the options for incorporating a successful tea program into your business.
Silver Chef President, Canada
TOPIC: Financing a roasting business expansion
Kristian joined Silver Chef in 2012 as part of a new business development role in the hospitality sector in NSW. With a significant personal history of entrepreneurial activity in starting and selling his own businesses in the hospitality sector, he was an integral member of the Canadian start up team in late 2013.
Director of Branding and Prepress, Savour Brands
TOPIC: Elevating Your Brand: Packaging with Purpose
How can you build and improve your brand with creativity in packaging? And when it comes to packaging, where do you even begin? How can you ensure your package best represents your brand while protecting the high-quality coffee you produce? Whether you’re a seasoned roaster or newer to the industry, your packaging is often your customer’s first experience with your brand. In this session, Marc Marquez of Savor Brands will provide insights on branding and packaging best practices that bring success in the coffee market. In addition to covering the various resources and processes that you can tap, Marc will share key lessons learned and the latest innovations that can help enhance your brand.
Founder, Pentair Everpure Golden Bean
Managing Director, Cafe Culture International
Sean started his working life as an Electrical Fitter in the Hunter Valley mining industry before gaining a degree in OHS and Human Resource management. Along with wife Kristine he moved to the America’s, travelling across the country working in hospitality positions, predominantly in hotel management. Read More
Oceana Coffee & Certified Arabica Q Grader
I was born in Sydney in NSW but grew up in Brisbane QLD. I joined the Navy at 16, and then while still young I got out and worked in private industry, starting in Port Macquarie, NSW before returning back to Brisbane, QLD. Moving to the USA I began my coffee career shipping Australian Di Bella Coffee to the States.
World Barista Judge™ & Director of Aurigin Coffee
Justin’s business was developed to provide roasted coffee, coffee products, café training and to promote the specialty coffee industry in Australia and throughout the world.
Luke has been in the coffee industry for the past 17 years. During this time he has competed in many Barista competitions, trained thousands of new baristas, judged and owned/operated his own espresso bar which was rated number 1 in the world in 2013/14.
Scott Angelo has just won a Gold Medal for his Milk Based Coffee in the inaugural Compak Golden Bean North America in a category of over 100 entries. Read More
An informal gathering for coffee and conversation, simply stated, is what Klatch Coffee is.
For the past 20 years Klatch Coffee has been serving up award winning coffee with great conversation. Read More
Director, Cafe Culture International
Kristine started her career as administrations officer for Elcom Collieries in the Hunter Valley. She than progressed into a finance position at Drayton Coal part of Shell Exploration. Read More
Founder, Reg Barber Enterprises
Reg Barber has been making quality tampers at his workshop near Victoria, British Columbia, Canada for nineteen years. Through his own innovations and listening to barista’s needs he has constantly evolved his tamper designs. Read More