Speakers

 

  The Danger of a Single Origin Story - Speaker   Vava Angwenyi Founder & Chief Coffaholic. Vava Coffee and Co-Founder & Director, GDF   In 2009, Vava Angwenyi started VAVA COFFEE – a Social enterprise whose main aim is to contribute to better future prospects for coffee communities and the industry as a whole. The company ensures sustainable livelihoods for the people and communities in which it works. Vava Angwenyi is also the co-founder and director business development & fundraising at GENTE DEL FUTURO (People of the Future). Ms. Vava Angwenyi has created a sustainable and ethical coffee brand that sources coffee from farmers in Kenya and around the region and most recently has worked with Fairtrade Africa to develop and launch two brands under Fairtrade Africa - Zawadi Coffee (the first Fairtrade Certified women owned coffee in Kenya) and Kipkelion union coffee.

The Danger of a Single Origin Story - Speaker

Vava Angwenyi
Founder & Chief Coffaholic. Vava Coffee and Co-Founder & Director, GDF

In 2009, Vava Angwenyi started VAVA COFFEE – a Social enterprise whose main aim is to contribute to better future prospects for coffee communities and the industry as a whole. The company ensures sustainable livelihoods for the people and communities in which it works. Vava Angwenyi is also the co-founder and director business development & fundraising at GENTE DEL FUTURO (People of the Future). Ms. Vava Angwenyi has created a sustainable and ethical coffee brand that sources coffee from farmers in Kenya and around the region and most recently has worked with Fairtrade Africa to develop and launch two brands under Fairtrade Africa - Zawadi Coffee (the first Fairtrade Certified women owned coffee in Kenya) and Kipkelion union coffee.

  Leading with Integrity: How to Check Your Bias and Make Better Decisions - Speaker   Katie Booser Chief Customer Officer, Bellwether Coffee   Katie Booser's career in coffee started at 19 in her home town of Kansas City, Missouri. Her most important work in coffee was with Blue Bottle where she spent 10 years helping turn the local coffee business into an international brand. Her roles spanned from Barista, Head Retail Manager, Director of Operations, VP of People Operations and Chief Operating Officer for the company. Throughout her diverse roles, she was a critical to the expansion of the company, from the Bay Area to LA, New York and Japan. After Blue Bottle Katie worked with a Bay area non-profit that supported local businesses to grow and create more local jobs. After the non-profit Katie continued to consult with local businesses and through her network found Bellwether Coffee.  Katie believes that a strong link between operations and culture creates an environment of collaboration and purpose. People who feel cared for and respected are more productive, stay with the company longer and are invested beyond the potential for financial gain.

Leading with Integrity: How to Check Your Bias and Make Better Decisions - Speaker

Katie Booser
Chief Customer Officer, Bellwether Coffee

Katie Booser's career in coffee started at 19 in her home town of Kansas City, Missouri. Her most important work in coffee was with Blue Bottle where she spent 10 years helping turn the local coffee business into an international brand. Her roles spanned from Barista, Head Retail Manager, Director of Operations, VP of People Operations and Chief Operating Officer for the company. Throughout her diverse roles, she was a critical to the expansion of the company, from the Bay Area to LA, New York and Japan. After Blue Bottle Katie worked with a Bay area non-profit that supported local businesses to grow and create more local jobs. After the non-profit Katie continued to consult with local businesses and through her network found Bellwether Coffee.  Katie believes that a strong link between operations and culture creates an environment of collaboration and purpose. People who feel cared for and respected are more productive, stay with the company longer and are invested beyond the potential for financial gain.

  The Danger of a Single Origin Story- Session Host   Andi Trindle Mersch Director of Coffee, Philz Coffee   Andi Trindle Mersch has a varied specialty coffee background, which began behind the espresso bar in 1989 and, since then, includes cupping, training, consulting, green coffee trading and buying, quality control, operations, and writing. Mersch currently serves as Director of Coffee with Philz Coffee, SF. She has volunteered extensively throughout her career with the Specialty Coffee Association, serving on the former SCAA board, the Roasters Guild (RG) Executive Council and as a past president of the International Women’s Coffee Alliance. She most recently served on the CRG Unification Committee and is currently on the Food 4 Farmers board of directors.    

The Danger of a Single Origin Story- Session Host

Andi Trindle Mersch
Director of Coffee, Philz Coffee

Andi Trindle Mersch has a varied specialty coffee background, which began behind the espresso bar in 1989 and, since then, includes cupping, training, consulting, green coffee trading and buying, quality control, operations, and writing. Mersch currently serves as Director of Coffee with Philz Coffee, SF. She has volunteered extensively throughout her career with the Specialty Coffee Association, serving on the former SCAA board, the Roasters Guild (RG) Executive Council and as a past president of the International Women’s Coffee Alliance. She most recently served on the CRG Unification Committee and is currently on the Food 4 Farmers board of directors.

 

  Coffee Tasting Different? There Could Be Something in the Water - Speaker   Brady Butler Education and Equipment Manager, Pure Intentions Coffee   Brady is an AST with 12 years in Specialty Coffee working as a Barista, Cafe Manager, Espresso Equipment Technician, Start-up Advisor, and Trainer. As past Chair of "The Brew Crew" and current Brewing Content Creator Group lead, he played a key role in developing the current SCA Brewing Curriculum. He's been a Lead Instructor at Expo for 6 years. As the Education and Equipment Manager for Pure Intentions Coffee, Brady works to support the coffee community through collaboration, quality growth, and education, helping everyone have a personal experience with great coffee.

Coffee Tasting Different? There Could Be Something in the Water - Speaker

Brady Butler
Education and Equipment Manager, Pure Intentions Coffee

Brady is an AST with 12 years in Specialty Coffee working as a Barista, Cafe Manager, Espresso Equipment Technician, Start-up Advisor, and Trainer. As past Chair of "The Brew Crew" and current Brewing Content Creator Group lead, he played a key role in developing the current SCA Brewing Curriculum. He's been a Lead Instructor at Expo for 6 years.
As the Education and Equipment Manager for Pure Intentions Coffee, Brady works to support the coffee community through collaboration, quality growth, and education, helping everyone have a personal experience with great coffee.

 

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