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How you started in coffee This is my first time in coffee, I’ve been working in different industries from insurance to automotive industry and to be honest I’m loving the coffee business.
What you love about coffee The opportunity to help small farmers to grow up, the beauty of technify the agro and the facility to stablish new relationships with people around the world.
Your go to karaoke song Incubus - Drive.
Your favorite hobby Play soccer, sing loud, eat like a pig, enjoy with friends, travel.
How you started in coffee I was offered a great opportunity at Sucafina so I’m starting my journey here.
What you love about coffee Variety of origins and preparation methods
Your go to karaoke song Red Red Wine – UB40
Your favorite hobby Listening to music while running
How you started in coffee During college imagined myself working with coffee as my grandmother always worked with coffee growers in southern Tolima department.
What you love about coffee The passion of coffee producers and interact with people working in the coffee chain.
Your go to karaoke song What a wonderful world – Louis Armstrong
Your favorite hobby Listening to music while working out.
How you started in coffee This is the first time that I work with coffee, previously I was in the Cannabis Industry doing export plans and market research, also I have experience in international purchases mainly in the area of aesthetic equipments and electronic supplies.
What you love about coffee What I like is how coffee helps small growers to have a better life, how it helps them to grow and of course its taste, it is delicious!
Your go to karaoke song Take on me - A-ha
Your favorite hobby Listen to music, travel and spend time with my dog.
How you started in coffee I have always been an avid coffee consumer, but after I interned at a Fairtrade education program in college, I became interested in how impactful certain products could be. Around the same time, I met some coffee folks in New Orleans (where I was in school). I realized coffee combined so many different areas of interest for me: travel, sustainability, and sensory development. I graduated from Tulane knowing I really wanted to get into the industry, and feel incredibly lucky that I was able to!
What you love about coffee I love the relationships it builds and the great people that coffee seems to attract. I’ve had a blast getting to know other traders, roasters, producers, and farmers. I also love cupping coffee.
Your go to karaoke song Fancy- Reba McEntire
Your favorite hobby Running, playing tennis, and consuming/exploring good food
How you started in coffee I found my way to coffee through working in sustainable agriculture at the Rainforest Alliance. It’s been a fun journey.
What you love about coffee Coffee brings people together!
Your go to karaoke song Picture Me Rollin’ – Tupac Shakur
Your favorite hobby Anything recreational, under the sun.
How you started in coffee 8 years ago, I began working in coffee in the port of Cartagena, Colombia. From the moment I entered the world of coffee I realized I could grow professionally (Colombia being a strategic location and having the best coffee profiles (!)) and also an opportunity to meet people from around the globe.
What you love about coffee I consider myself an active person, always on the go and looking for opportunities to grow and improve. The coffee industry is fast paced and new opportunities are always around the corner, that's why it's perfect for me. Thanks to coffee I have grown up in an industry where my lifegoals and ideas are coming to fruition, I’m excited for what the coffee future holds!
Your go to karaoke song Dura – Daddy Yankee
Your favorite hobby Playing and watching Baseball.
How you started in coffee I started on the origin side, working with cooperatives and producers as a Peace Corps volunteer in Western Honduras
What you love about coffee I love the people I’ve met and the relationships built along the entire supply chain. I also love that you can work decades in this industry and constantly be learning new things.
Your go to karaoke song Ojala - Silvio Rodriguez
Your favorite hobby Learning to play new instruments! Currently working on cello…
How you started in coffee I made friends with a bunch of foodies in the Green Coffee trading division where I worked as a Trainee in Market Risk. After organizing three years’ worth of Friday “Culinary Explorations”, I asked them for a job in Coffee Research.
What you love about coffee Its global scope always expands your world views and welcomes all cultures. Drinking it brings out a clean, positive energy that always improves your day.
Your go to karaoke song Piano Man - Billy Joel
Your favorite hobby Going on a run with my dog and making Paella after
How you started in coffee Main motivation was money. I was 24, living in Singapore and looking for some way to fund my burgeoning lifestyle. Landed a part-time gig with a coffee trading house in 1994, ended up with a full time job as a trading assistant and have been in coffee ever since.
What you love about coffee It opened up my world. The internet was still in its infancy back then so connections made through the industry helped fueled my wanderlust and sent me on my enlightening and beguiling adventure. Plus also get a giggle telling folks my favorite type of coffee is Mint Green Tea
Your go to karaoke song A Little Respect – Erasure
Your favorite hobby Maintaining my never-ending ‘To Be Read’ pile of books
How you started in coffee I began as a barista while travelling through New Zealand.
What you love about coffee It’s unique ability to connect people and cultures – and the relationship between coffee producing countries and great surf breaks.
Your go to karaoke song Should I stay or should I go – The Clash
Your favorite hobby Surfing!
How you started in coffee I am a 2nd Generation coffee professional. My family started and currently owns RPM Warehouse and Transportation and after a few years of working in Warehousing, I decided to explore the import side.
What you love about coffee Coffee brings people together.
Your go to karaoke song Tequila – The Champs
Your favorite hobby Attempting to play Golf
How you started in coffee Roasting samples for a Specialty importer after returning from a 2-year volunteer stint in Central America.
What you love about coffee Maybe a better question is what I don’t love about coffee? If I had to pick one characteristic, it’s the relationships it builds.
Your go to karaoke song Greatest Love of All – Whitney Houston
Your favorite hobby Outdoor activity with the family, or reading
How you started in coffee Everyone I’ve met who works in coffee always speaks so passionately and loves what they do. Because of this, I have always been intrigued by the industry. After spending the first several years of my professional career working in the restaurant industry, Sucafina gave me a chance to join the party.
What you love about coffee It’s the best way to start the day and the powerful connections it creates between people and countries.
Your go to karaoke song Don’t Stop Me Now — Queen
Your favorite hobby Traveling, exploring, tasting new cuisines and trying new things.
How you started in coffee Post college, I abruptly moved to Tanzania, where I took a position exporting coffee and worked with small holders for 2 years. I then moved to Ethiopia, where I spent 3 years managing supply chains and sales.
What you love about coffee The movement of the commodity, the supply chain, and the origins.
Your go to karaoke song Juicy – Biggie Smalls
Your favorite hobby Athletics, ceramics, and eating.
How you started in coffee My professional love affair with coffee started back in 2000 when I joined a rock band and became a barista. After earning a degree in accounting and spending a few years in rural Africa, I’ve been exploring coffee from every possible angle: from barista to trader; from stocklot to microlot; from craft to commercial – there’s a lot to explore!
What you love about coffee The way it appears at my bedside every morning. (I married a good man! :)
Your go to karaoke song Lucky Star - Madonna
Your favorite hobby Trying to choose between: cooking, biking, skiing, gardening, rock climbing, playing with my baby, or drinking beer with Netflix. Life’s too short.
How you started in coffee Part of my family has worked with coffee for many years; I remember playing in big piles of coffee beans when I was a child, and since then I´ve been interested in this industry. I started working with another coffee exporter in Colombia in January 2019 and I moved to Sucafina in May 2019.
What you love about coffee I love that coffee is what represents my country in a positive way and it gives the opportunity of a better life to many families around the world.
Your go to karaoke song New York - Alicia Keys "Empire State of Mind"
Your favorite hobby Dance, travel and eating.
How you started in coffee After I quit being a professional soccer player. Started my career in coffee doing quality control back in 2006 in Santos/SP, Brazil.
What you love about coffee The whole package, being able to understand every step from tree to cup and connects to that every time I am drinking a cup of coffee it´s always an amazing trip.
Your go to karaoke song Wonderwall - Oasis
Your favorite hobby Scuba Diving & Soccer
How you started in coffee I was recruited for a coffee company 4 years ago in which I learned a lot about this passion called coffee, this was love at first sight.
What you love about coffee The power that has for establish a connection with the people.
Your go to karaoke song Kryptonite – 3 Doors Down.
Your favorite hobby To attend at the stadium to support the most beautiful team in the world: Millonarios F.C.
How you started in coffee After I graduated from college, Sucafina gave me the opportunity to start my professional career in this amazing world.
What you love about coffee I love the passion with which each person who is part of the supply chain does their job.
Your go to karaoke song Jolene- Dolly Parton
Your favorite hobby Listening and singing all kind of music.
How you started in coffee My experience in the coffee industry began with a Craigslist ad in 2006
What you love about coffee I love how coffee sparks conversation and unites people
Your go to karaoke song American Girl – Tom Petty
Your favorite hobby Live music, good food, and hanging with my son
How you started in coffee After I graduated from university, I went back to my home country Brazil to work with my father as a trading assistant, and immediately became enticed by the coffee market.
What you love about coffee The dynamic nature of the market, the great people you get to interact with, and it’s association to agronomy and the environment.
Your go to karaoke song Peter Cetera – Glory of Love
Your favorite hobby Napping after exercise
How you started in coffee I started in coffee by sharing a cup of coffee each morning with my dad while in middle school. Eventually I started working as a barista at Bird Rock Coffee Roasters in San Diego.
What you love about coffee The people, the stories, and the way one culture and climate can be experienced on the other side of the world through the flavors and nature of a drink.
Your go to karaoke song I Wanna Dance with Somebody - Whitney Houston
Your favorite hobby Crossfit and tacos
How you started in coffee During my internship with the Colombian government commercial office in New York, I was given the opportunity to visit local coffee roasters to promote Colombian producers and their products. Being granted a first-hand look at one of the many facets involved in this amazing global industry sparked my interest in coffee. A love affair was born and I have not looked back since.
What you love about coffee The stories behind my morning cup of coffee and the many lives it has an impact on.
Your go to karaoke song One and Only – Adele
Your favorite hobby Traveling the world