Brian W. Jones is the founder and editor of the website Dear Coffee, I Love You and author of the forthcoming book Brew: Better Coffee at Home. He is a designer, writer and brand expert—turned coffee professional—who splits his time between Sweden and the rest of the world. Brian was a co-founder of the late Coffee Common, which organised engaging and enlightening coffee events in London, NYC and at the TED conferences. For the past five years, Brian has organised the Swedish AeroPress Championship and he has competed in the Swedish Brewers Cup twice (placing 4th and 5th, respectively). Since 2014, he has been the creative director at Supersonic Coffee, a roastery he co-founded in Berkeley, California. When he’s not working, Brian enjoys a long train ride with a good book and copious amounts of natural wine.
Coffee Trader, Sucafina | Geneva, Switzerland
Mette-Marie works as a coffee trader with Sucafina, a family-owned business and one of the leading trade houses in the world. She sources coffee from most coffee producing countries around the globe, and interacts with coffee buyers and suppliers at every level of the supply chain. With more than 17 years of experience within the industry, from starting as a barista in her native country Norway, Mette-Marie’s career has brought her to the US, Canada, East-Africa and most recently, Geneva, Switzerland. She is passionate about the sustainability aspects of the business; emphasising practical, concrete methods of implementation and change so that great ideas can be turned into sustained action. When she’s not in the Geneva office, or traveling to visit Sucafina’s many origin operations, you can find her running, drinking wine, and trying to learn French. Sometimes all at once.
Owner, Coglode | Brighton, UK
Hello Behavioural Economics. Five principles to apply in your shop
For the last 10 years, Jerome Ribot has been co-founder and chief design officer of Ribot, an award-winning design studio in the UK that creates digital products for companies like Google, Channel 4 and Tesco. His new company is coglode.com, a resource that distills the latest behavioural research into bite-size advice for businesses.
@Taylor_St_Baristas / @RachaelMPower
Head of People, Taylor St. Baristas | UK, London
Progression: Navigating Your Coffee Career
Rachael is passionate about supporting people to achieve their ambitions through continued growth and development and offers an HR perspective on succeeding in the world of specialty coffee.Rachael has worked in specialty coffee for the last 3 years, currently as Head of People at Taylor St Baristas, one of London’s premier speciality coffee collections. Prior to Taylor St, Rachael worked at Harris + Hoole. In various positions, Rachael has been responsible for the end-to-end People function including the attraction and hiring of new staff, the creation of learning and development programmes, and cultural practices aimed at developing high-performing environments. Her work has been recognised for excellence by a number of external bodies, including The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers, Personnel Today and Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).
Rachael’s education, training, and professional accreditation is in the field of Business and Human Resources (HR). She has nine years of experience working within the Retail and Hospitality industry, across a variety of businesses ranging from multinational corporation employing more than 500,000 people through to start-ups and small businesses employing less than 100 staff.
Owner, Companion Tea | Berlin, Germany
Building Authenticity Through Tea
Shawn Barber, founder at Companion Tea, is a Berlin-based coffee and tea professional with 12 years of experience in specialty coffee -including sourcing, roasting, managing, and project development. Shawn has managed and helped to launch multiple successful coffee businesses both in Canada and Germany. In 2013, after opening a cafe and consulting business in Berlin, he began Companion Tea with the goal of applying the same ethos of quality and ethics used in the specialty coffee industry to sourcing tea. He travels to origin regularly and in the three years since opening, he has established sustainable relationships with small farmers in India and Nepal, as well as developed systems and infrastructure for producing and purchasing exclusive micro-lots of tea. He is also involved in helping small growers in Nepal receive government funding to improve the quality and production of their operations.
Cafetos De Segovia | Ocotal, Nicaragua
Is Specialty Coffee The Solution Or Only Part Of The Solution?
Claudia Lovo is responsible for the commercialisation of the farms that are associated with the coffee exporter and dry mill company Cafetos de Segovia, located in Nueva Segovia, Nicaragua. This region boasts a handful of Cup of Excellence winners and is the perfect base for Claudia's work as a trader with worldwide coffee industry connections . With nearly ten years of experience in specialty coffee, covering the supply chain from production to export, Claudia is committed to developing transparent and long-term relationships. When she's not working in coffee, you can find her designing her own farm with permaculture at the heart of the project.