Meet the New Face at Peace Coffee
Thursday, April 5, 2012
Q: Your position at Peace Coffee is "Director of Coffee." Tell us a little about what that means.
A: My job is to source green coffee, manage our green coffee inventory, forecast use, and work with the roasting team to guide our roasted coffee lineup. This means I get to geek out about coffee and help others to geek out too! I am incredibly excited to oversee Peace Coffee's supply chain and help to uphold Peace Coffee's mission and vision
Q: You've been on the importing side of specialty coffee for several years. What's your favorite part of traveling to origin?
A: Meeting the producers. Listening to the stories of producers and learning more about their coffee always reminds me how amazing it is that coffee can connect people and places thousands of miles away. To me, one of the most important aspects of being a transparent company is that the stories of producers are connected to their product. Peace Coffee's dedication to transparency is one of the many reasons I'm excited to be a part of the team.
Q: You mentioned loving to geek out about coffee. What's your favorite, geekiest coffee fact?
A:Two of my favorite’s statistics are that one coffee tree produces one pound of coffee per year, and that it can take a coffee tree three years to start producing cherries. If you are enjoying a cup of coffee, it means that many, many people were incredibly committed to the beans that are in your cup.
Q: We just re-launched our popular Pollinator Blend and rumor has it that you've got a good bee story to share...
A: During college, I was part of a study that focused on orchid bees on coffee farms in Costa Rica. The goal of the experiment was to see if orchid bees were a bioindicator of overall ecosystem health on coffee farms. The hypothesis was that organic coffee farms would have higher numbers of these bees than non-organic farms. So we sat and counted the number of bees on organic and non-organic farms that came to a piece of paper covered with eucalyptus oil, a natural attractant for the bees. After hours and hours of monotonous counting, we found our results of our data were inconclusive, and more data was needed. This was far before my discovery of coffee but helped me decide that biology experiments weren't my calling in life.
Q: The Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA)'s annual convention is fast approaching. What are you most excited about in going there?
A: It's exciting to spend three days immersed in the world of coffee with producers, exporters, importers, roasters, and people who love coffee. I always come away with a new perspective and information. This year I'm most excited to meet the producers Peace Coffee works with and get to know the people at Cooperative Coffees.
Q: Finally, what's currently your favorite coffee? How are you brewing it?
A: That's a tough one as I feel like I have a lot of favorites! If I had to choose it would be the Ethiopian Yirgacheffe. I love the citrus and bergamot flavor notes. At home I'm a big believer in the French Press -- for both the quality of the cup and because it's one of my favorite weekend rituals.