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.
TOPIC: Relaxing the mind after coffee
Mindy Ritter started her career in Specialty Coffee industry back in 1999. She has worked in numerous areas of the industry. She has worked for coffee roasters, allied products, coffee cleaning, small wears and various brewing equipment companies. Her passion is for the coffee industry, specifically the people! Another passion Mindy has is the world of yoga. She has been an instructor for over nine years. She found yoga as a relaxing and healing outlet from the busy life of sales.
WQA Master Water Specialist
TOPIC: “waves” of specialty coffee
SCAE Barista Prof. – Gold Cup Brew Master Prof.
2008 – 2012 – 2016 Belgian Champion Coffee in good Spirits
2012 World Barista Coffee in Good Spirits Seoul 3rd place
2013 Coach Team Victor Delpierre World Champion CIGS
2015 Finals Belgian Barista Championship
2017 Belgian Brewers Cup 3rd place
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, Savor 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.