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.
Navigating Women’s Coffee | Perspectives from Cafe Femenino
Open to all Compak attendees interested in this lunchtime session – RSVP required (see below)
Thursday 15th Setpember, 12pm
Connie Kolosvary, Café Femenino Program Director, OPTCO
Katherine Oglietti, General Manger & Coffee Buyer, OPTCO
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.
Giesen Coffee Roasters
TOPIC: Geisha and Roasting Exotic Coffee
Coffee captured me at a very early age. Since I was 14 years old I have worked as a roaster, cupper, roastery owner and in 1998 I founded Boot Coffee.
Peerless Coffee Senior Marketing Consultant
Lon was formerly CEO of Publicis / Seattle, a $130 million marketing communications firm. For over a quarter of a century, he has worked with a myriad of clients in the local, national and international arenas, and has received numerous awards in advertising and public relations. Read More
Business Development Manager, Pentair Foodservice, Australia
TOPIC: Water Quality and Coffee
Flinn comes from an international trade and export background, cutting her teeth exporting commercially grown flowers from New Zealand and Australia to North America – a challenge given the product had to be in water within 48 hours. She recently completed a diploma in business and plans to further her formal business studies in coming years.
Specialized Instructor, Topeca Coffee Roasters
TOPIC: Flat vs. Conical burr challenge
Tyler is a Specialized Instructor at the Topeca Instruments Division where he helps teach SCAA Pathways.
Brew Global, National Sales Director
TOPIC: Relaxing the mind after coffee
Mindy Spencer’s passion for coffee began almost twenty years ago. Starting as a barista she realized the industry was so much more than just coffee.
Roastar, Vice President of Marketing and Sales
TOPIC: Marketing and Image of your business
Michael Mead is the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Roastar. He has been with the company from the very beginning.
Managing Director, Compak America
TOPIC: Flat vs. Conical burr challenge
Josh started his career working with KitchenAid small appliances in Latin America, opening up new markets for the appliance manufacturing leader. Read More
Co-Owner & Senior Taster, Roast Ratings
TOPIC: Leadership for Baristas
Pete Licata began working with coffee as a barista in 2003 in Kansas City, Kansas. Since then he has excelled in barista skills and techniques by participating in barista championships and other events. In 2008, Pete moved to Hawaii where he began working as a Quality Assurance Manager for a local coffee company. Read More
Tony Macri, Licensed Q Grader, Director Coffee Brothers Australia
Tony is an experience coffee judge and has been involved with the Compak Golden Bean Coffee Roasters Competition as a category judge since its inception. Tony will be joining us this year in Portland as a coffee category judge helping with the smooth running of the judging process. Read More
Meet Golden Bean North America Communications Manager, Brendo Schack. Brendo is from Toledo and spent a few years in Australia’s coffee industry as a Barista, now he has stepped up to coordinate the Compak Golden Bean Competition’s inner workings.
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
Vice President, The American Barista & Coffee School
Matt Milletto has extensive experience in retail coffee, and has managed multiple coffeehouses. Matt has personally trained more than 2500 new coffee retail business owners and barista trainers/managers over the past 19 years. 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
Founder, Compak 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
President: Bellissimo Coffee Advisors and the American Barista & Coffee School
Bruce Milletto is a pioneer in coffee education and has spent the last 25 years dedicating his life to the growth of the specialty coffee industry. He founded Bellissimo Coffee Advisors and the American Barista & Coffee School and speaks around the world about coffee trends and retail marketing. Read More