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.
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.
Founder, 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.