Speakers

SUMMER 2019

More community speakers + Panelists coming soon!

Adam JacksonBey - Creating Coffee Communities of the Future: A Panel Discussion (Washington, D.C.)   Adam JacksonBey is a competitive barista, a former Barista Guild Executive Council Member, and proud Virgo who has worked in specialty coffee for 8 years. A notorious sandwich aficionado, he can often be found on #coffeetwitter at odd hours hoping the algorithm will hide his tweets to no avail. He’s also really smart and kind.

Adam JacksonBey - Creating Coffee Communities of the Future: A Panel Discussion (Washington, D.C.)

Adam JacksonBey is a competitive barista, a former Barista Guild Executive Council Member, and proud Virgo who has worked in specialty coffee for 8 years. A notorious sandwich aficionado, he can often be found on #coffeetwitter at odd hours hoping the algorithm will hide his tweets to no avail. He’s also really smart and kind.

 
Chad Robertson – Innovation Culture in Food and Coffee    In 2002, baking power duo Elisabeth Prueitt and Chad Robertson came into San Francisco for dinner from Point Reyes, where they had a tiny bakery at their home called Bay Village Bakery. While in the city, Liz saw an old corner bakery in the dark. There was a baker sitting outside and they started talking. He was ready to retire but determined to keep the shop a bakery. It was meant to be. A few months later, Tartine opened its doors and a line formed outside.  Tartine Bakery has been rated in the Zagat Survey as Best Bakery and Best Breakfast in San Francisco. Elisabeth and Chad were nominees for the 2006 James Beard Outstanding Pastry Chefs National Award and in 2008 they won!  After years of success with the bakery, Prueitt and Robertson started planning the Manufactory in 2014 and opened Tartine Manufactory in August 2016. By November, the restaurant won its first Eater award for best expansion and in 2017 was named by Bon Appetit as one of the top new restaurants of the year.

Chad Robertson – Innovation Culture in Food and Coffee

In 2002, baking power duo Elisabeth Prueitt and Chad Robertson came into San Francisco for dinner from Point Reyes, where they had a tiny bakery at their home called Bay Village Bakery. While in the city, Liz saw an old corner bakery in the dark. There was a baker sitting outside and they started talking. He was ready to retire but determined to keep the shop a bakery. It was meant to be. A few months later, Tartine opened its doors and a line formed outside.

Tartine Bakery has been rated in the Zagat Survey as Best Bakery and Best Breakfast in San Francisco. Elisabeth and Chad were nominees for the 2006 James Beard Outstanding Pastry Chefs National Award and in 2008 they won!

After years of success with the bakery, Prueitt and Robertson started planning the Manufactory in 2014 and opened Tartine Manufactory in August 2016. By November, the restaurant won its first Eater award for best expansion and in 2017 was named by Bon Appetit as one of the top new restaurants of the year.

Bailey Arnold - Creating Coffee Communities of the Future: A Panel Discussion (Salt Lake City)   Bailey started her specialty coffee journey in 2010 after graduating from college the previous year into an economic recession with an English Literature degree and zero life plans. After occupying various roles building a NYC coffee company from two to thirty locations between 2010 and 2019, she recently made the jump to coffee-adjacency, and is currently the Market Development Manager for Oatly in the Northeast. She has been a presenter at MANE, used to coordinate TNTNYC, and is currently the outreach lead for the newly unified Barista Guild. She might be a polymath, and her cat's name is Joey Tribbiani.

Bailey Arnold - Creating Coffee Communities of the Future: A Panel Discussion (Salt Lake City)

Bailey started her specialty coffee journey in 2010 after graduating from college the previous year into an economic recession with an English Literature degree and zero life plans. After occupying various roles building a NYC coffee company from two to thirty locations between 2010 and 2019, she recently made the jump to coffee-adjacency, and is currently the Market Development Manager for Oatly in the Northeast. She has been a presenter at MANE, used to coordinate TNTNYC, and is currently the outreach lead for the newly unified Barista Guild. She might be a polymath, and her cat's name is Joey Tribbiani.

Chris Jordan - Innovation Culture in Food and Coffee    Chris Jordan has been in the coffee industry for over 20 years and is a recognized industry leader with experience in all business disciplines. He has in-depth experience in sourcing, growing, roasting, quality, and retail processes across diverse geographies.  Chris served as the Chief Executive Officer of Verve Coffee Roasters in Santa Cruz, California. Along with bringing his extensive green coffee quality and supply chain experience to the company, Chris supported Verve's retail growth ambitions ensuring that the brand was positioned to deliver an exceptional experience across all channels.  As the Director of Coffee Operations at Dormans Coffee in Nairobi Kenya, Chris was responsible for developing the roasted coffee division and restructuring their 9 coffee shops across Kenya. He developed green coffee supply chains in Rwanda and Ethiopia, opening new offices for the company in both countries. Chris also supported Dormans Development and Sustainability platform, successfully obtaining sizable donor funding for many prominent projects across the region.

Chris Jordan - Innovation Culture in Food and Coffee

Chris Jordan has been in the coffee industry for over 20 years and is a recognized industry leader with experience in all business disciplines. He has in-depth experience in sourcing, growing, roasting, quality, and retail processes across diverse geographies.

Chris served as the Chief Executive Officer of Verve Coffee Roasters in Santa Cruz, California. Along with bringing his extensive green coffee quality and supply chain experience to the company, Chris supported Verve's retail growth ambitions ensuring that the brand was positioned to deliver an exceptional experience across all channels.

As the Director of Coffee Operations at Dormans Coffee in Nairobi Kenya, Chris was responsible for developing the roasted coffee division and restructuring their 9 coffee shops across Kenya. He developed green coffee supply chains in Rwanda and Ethiopia, opening new offices for the company in both countries. Chris also supported Dormans Development and Sustainability platform, successfully obtaining sizable donor funding for many prominent projects across the region.

Kathie Hilberg - Creating Coffee Communities of the Future: A Panel Discussion (Los Angeles)   Kathie Hilberg has held a variety of roles in the specialty coffee industry including behind the bar as a barista, roasting, production, sales, and education. She began her career in specialty coffee in 2010, after completing her BA in Music. She has competed twice in the US Barista Championship and is currently part of the Barista Guild, focusing on membership engagement. She currently works as an educator at Stumptown Coffee Roasters in Los Angeles.

Kathie Hilberg - Creating Coffee Communities of the Future: A Panel Discussion (Los Angeles)

Kathie Hilberg has held a variety of roles in the specialty coffee industry including behind the bar as a barista, roasting, production, sales, and education. She began her career in specialty coffee in 2010, after completing her BA in Music. She has competed twice in the US Barista Championship and is currently part of the Barista Guild, focusing on membership engagement. She currently works as an educator at Stumptown Coffee Roasters in Los Angeles.

Lem Butler – A Participant in the Evolution of Specialty Coffee    Lem Butler is the first African/Irish/Native American United States Barista Champion (2016). He placed 4th in the 2016 World Barista Championship and then coached the 2017 United States Barista Champion Kyle Ramage (who lives in the same town). Lem started his coffee journey in 2003 as a barista in one of the busiest coffee shops in North Caroline, The Daily Grind Espresso Cafe. Lem has gone on to do everything from managing, consulting, and teaching in the coffee industry over the last 15 years. He is currently studying coffee production on three different continents with a focus on China and is the co-owner of Black & White Coffee Roasters with Kyle Ramage, created in 2017 with the goal of simplifying Specialty Coffee. Lem is passionate about creating opportunities within his community as well as within the industry. An advocate of work/ life balance, Lem is happiest when spending time out in nature with his four children.

Lem Butler – A Participant in the Evolution of Specialty Coffee

Lem Butler is the first African/Irish/Native American United States Barista Champion (2016). He placed 4th in the 2016 World Barista Championship and then coached the 2017 United States Barista Champion Kyle Ramage (who lives in the same town). Lem started his coffee journey in 2003 as a barista in one of the busiest coffee shops in North Caroline, The Daily Grind Espresso Cafe. Lem has gone on to do everything from managing, consulting, and teaching in the coffee industry over the last 15 years. He is currently studying coffee production on three different continents with a focus on China and is the co-owner of Black & White Coffee Roasters with Kyle Ramage, created in 2017 with the goal of simplifying Specialty Coffee. Lem is passionate about creating opportunities within his community as well as within the industry. An advocate of work/ life balance, Lem is happiest when spending time out in nature with his four children.


Community Panelists

Atlanta

More panelists coming soon!

Diana Mnatsakanyan-Sapp   Diana began her coffee journey in Charlotte, North Carolina, slinging drinks and making terrible latte art in 2011. She has worn many hats throughout her career: working as a barista, a cafe manager, an SCA-certified educator, a writer for Barista Magazine, and a coffee consultant for a number of businesses in the Carolinas. In the past several years she's also opened a cafe, been a Re;Co Fellow, and founded a regional trade association for coffee professionals in the Carolinas. Currently she works as the Southeastern Market Development Manager for Oatly, is the co-owner of the POUR Coffee Festival, and serves as the Southeastern Regional Coordinator for the US Chapter of the SCA. She's really into 30 Rock, and thinks you should talk to her about it sometime.

Diana Mnatsakanyan-Sapp

Diana began her coffee journey in Charlotte, North Carolina, slinging drinks and making terrible latte art in 2011. She has worn many hats throughout her career: working as a barista, a cafe manager, an SCA-certified educator, a writer for Barista Magazine, and a coffee consultant for a number of businesses in the Carolinas. In the past several years she's also opened a cafe, been a Re;Co Fellow, and founded a regional trade association for coffee professionals in the Carolinas. Currently she works as the Southeastern Market Development Manager for Oatly, is the co-owner of the POUR Coffee Festival, and serves as the Southeastern Regional Coordinator for the US Chapter of the SCA. She's really into 30 Rock, and thinks you should talk to her about it sometime.

Kylene Compaan   Kylene Compaan is the founder and owner of Chattahoochee Coffee Company in Atlanta, GA. Kylene started working in specialty coffee as a barista in 2008 because she loved coffee, but went on to found Chattahoochee Coffee in 2012 because of her passion for people. Her commitment to coffee excellence, building community and investing in people finds the perfect outlet in owning coffee shops, as she’ll soon be opening her third Chatt Coffee location in the metro-Atlanta area this summer. Kylene spends the majority of her free time cheering on Atlanta United and volunteering as an advocate for abused and neglected children in the foster system through CASA for Children.

Kylene Compaan

Kylene Compaan is the founder and owner of Chattahoochee Coffee Company in Atlanta, GA. Kylene started working in specialty coffee as a barista in 2008 because she loved coffee, but went on to found Chattahoochee Coffee in 2012 because of her passion for people. Her commitment to coffee excellence, building community and investing in people finds the perfect outlet in owning coffee shops, as she’ll soon be opening her third Chatt Coffee location in the metro-Atlanta area this summer. Kylene spends the majority of her free time cheering on Atlanta United and volunteering as an advocate for abused and neglected children in the foster system through CASA for Children.

Jonathan Pascual - Panelist   Jonathan Pascual is the owner and operator of Taproom Coffee & Beer, an espresso and craft beer bar located in the historic Kirkwood neighborhood of Atlanta. Jonathan has been a part of the local specialty coffee community since 2006 and has opened and managed several coffee bars in the area. He has a passion for genuine personal connection and helping others discover and fulfill their life’s calling. Jonathan strives to maintain a healthy balance between business, being involved in the community and church, and living a joy-filled life with his wife and four kids.

Jonathan Pascual - Panelist

Jonathan Pascual is the owner and operator of Taproom Coffee & Beer, an espresso and craft beer bar located in the historic Kirkwood neighborhood of Atlanta. Jonathan has been a part of the local specialty coffee community since 2006 and has opened and managed several coffee bars in the area. He has a passion for genuine personal connection and helping others discover and fulfill their life’s calling. Jonathan strives to maintain a healthy balance between business, being involved in the community and church, and living a joy-filled life with his wife and four kids.

Sara Frinak   Sara Frinak is the Southeastern US Account Manager for Ally Coffee. She began working in coffee in Alabama, and later moved to Atlanta, GA, where she began helping with local coffee events in the city. Sara also volunteers with US Coffee Champs and World Coffee Events as a part of the stage team for Brewer's Cup and Barista Competition.

Sara Frinak

Sara Frinak is the Southeastern US Account Manager for Ally Coffee. She began working in coffee in Alabama, and later moved to Atlanta, GA, where she began helping with local coffee events in the city. Sara also volunteers with US Coffee Champs and World Coffee Events as a part of the stage team for Brewer's Cup and Barista Competition.


Washington, D.C.

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Ashley Whelan - Marascalchi   Ashley started as a barista and shop manager in 2012 at Pushcart Coffee in Manhattan. She left her laboratory job in science with the goal to spend everyday doing something that was more dynamic and connected with the community. Her time at Pushcart Coffee lead to entire supply chain opportunities barista, operations director, as well as green buyer, roaster, trainer, brewers cup competitor, and head of new shop build out. Today, Ashley works as a consultant and founder of Expansion Coffee Project. They assist the coffee community along the entire supply chain with a focus on the culture, science, and humanism of coffee. Expansion views their role in coffee world as shortening the vast supply chain, being an advocate and narrator for the product and the producers, and a mentor for those who want deepen their scope and find a career in specialty coffee.

Ashley Whelan - Marascalchi

Ashley started as a barista and shop manager in 2012 at Pushcart Coffee in Manhattan. She left her laboratory job in science with the goal to spend everyday doing something that was more dynamic and connected with the community. Her time at Pushcart Coffee lead to entire supply chain opportunities barista, operations director, as well as green buyer, roaster, trainer, brewers cup competitor, and head of new shop build out. Today, Ashley works as a consultant and founder of Expansion Coffee Project. They assist the coffee community along the entire supply chain with a focus on the culture, science, and humanism of coffee. Expansion views their role in coffee world as shortening the vast supply chain, being an advocate and narrator for the product and the producers, and a mentor for those who want deepen their scope and find a career in specialty coffee.

Cameron Nicholson   Caught in a beautiful industry revolved around community they find themselves excited to build and connect with the people of the world. A storyteller at heart and a creator by craft with a focus in Sign Painting and providing lovely hospitality as a barista. Honestly they just want to create inviting spaces for everyone.

Cameron Nicholson

Caught in a beautiful industry revolved around community they find themselves excited to build and connect with the people of the world. A storyteller at heart and a creator by craft with a focus in Sign Painting and providing lovely hospitality as a barista. Honestly they just want to create inviting spaces for everyone.

 
Daps Salisbury   Daps has been a coffee professional in Washington DC since 2011. Originally intending to pursue an academic career in art history, they took a job as a barista on a lark and eventually decided it was the place to be. Since 2014 they've helped plan community events with DMV Coffee. They are currently the Regional Retail Trainer and Quality Assurance Associate for La Colombe in Washington DC. Even though they spend most of their workdays teaching, their favorite thing is still working alongside baristas on bar. When not doing coffee things, Daps is probably hanging out with their partner, petting their two cats, or searching for snazzy vintage ties.

Daps Salisbury

Daps has been a coffee professional in Washington DC since 2011. Originally intending to pursue an academic career in art history, they took a job as a barista on a lark and eventually decided it was the place to be. Since 2014 they've helped plan community events with DMV Coffee. They are currently the Regional Retail Trainer and Quality Assurance Associate for La Colombe in Washington DC. Even though they spend most of their workdays teaching, their favorite thing is still working alongside baristas on bar. When not doing coffee things, Daps is probably hanging out with their partner, petting their two cats, or searching for snazzy vintage ties.

 
Noelle Archibald   "Noelle Archibald is the Co-Owner of Lamplighter Coffee Roasters in Richmond Va where she actively manages both their Retail and Wholesale operations. She and her partners opened their first shop in 2009 in an old service garage without any traditional business resources. With a focus on well sourced and crafted coffee, beverages, and food it quickly grew to be a thriving company that has been recognized as one of the best specialty coffee shops in America.  As a long time social activist, musician, artist, and organizer Noelle sees her work in coffee as another platform for expression and connectivity to occur. She believes in the power of community spaces such as coffee shops to provide a rare platform for people of drastically different backgrounds to share space and have meaningful interactions on both sides of the counter.  As a mother and human on earth Noelle is dedicated to supporting positive change away from the dominant paradigm of oppressive power structures. "

Noelle Archibald

"Noelle Archibald is the Co-Owner of Lamplighter Coffee Roasters in Richmond Va where she actively manages both their Retail and Wholesale operations. She and her partners opened their first shop in 2009 in an old service garage without any traditional business resources. With a focus on well sourced and crafted coffee, beverages, and food it quickly grew to be a thriving company that has been recognized as one of the best specialty coffee shops in America.

As a long time social activist, musician, artist, and organizer Noelle sees her work in coffee as another platform for expression and connectivity to occur. She believes in the power of community spaces such as coffee shops to provide a rare platform for people of drastically different backgrounds to share space and have meaningful interactions on both sides of the counter.

As a mother and human on earth Noelle is dedicated to supporting positive change away from the dominant paradigm of oppressive power structures. "


Salt Lake City, UT

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Eugene Kim   Eugene Kim is a Utah-native who's beginnings were rooted in advertising and application development. Although he still dabbles in his previous work, Eugene has developed a serious passion for coffee with help from both Utah's coffee community and the Bean Yard's Co-Founder, Rock Kim.

Eugene Kim

Eugene Kim is a Utah-native who's beginnings were rooted in advertising and application development. Although he still dabbles in his previous work, Eugene has developed a serious passion for coffee with help from both Utah's coffee community and the Bean Yard's Co-Founder, Rock Kim.

Simon Zivny   Simon Zivny is the founder of Coffee Lab. He is a purist, only using coffee, water, and dairy.

Simon Zivny

Simon Zivny is the founder of Coffee Lab. He is a purist, only using coffee, water, and dairy.

 

Los Angeles, CA

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Jamil Azi Radney   Owner and Co-Founder of The Reverse Orangutan coffee company. Jamil Azi Radney has worked in specialty coffee for almost a decade. Working as a barista, Jamil has competed in the West coast regional of the USBC, has trained cafe staff, and now as works Cafe owner, roaster and Operator. Jamil brings his love of community, food, nature, hospitality and hip-hop with him to his shop every day. His company, The Reverse Orangutan, is his testament to the values that he believes makes coffee so unique.

Jamil Azi Radney

Owner and Co-Founder of The Reverse Orangutan coffee company. Jamil Azi Radney has worked in specialty coffee for almost a decade. Working as a barista, Jamil has competed in the West coast regional of the USBC, has trained cafe staff, and now as works Cafe owner, roaster and Operator. Jamil brings his love of community, food, nature, hospitality and hip-hop with him to his shop every day. His company, The Reverse Orangutan, is his testament to the values that he believes makes coffee so unique.

 
Michelle Johnson   After starting The Chocolate Barista in 2016, Michelle's become one of the leading voices and advocates for racial diversity in the coffee industry. She wears many hats in coffee, from barista to marketing professional and event creative director. Her favorite coffee drink is Stumptown cold brew and Hennessy.

Michelle Johnson

After starting The Chocolate Barista in 2016, Michelle's become one of the leading voices and advocates for racial diversity in the coffee industry. She wears many hats in coffee, from barista to marketing professional and event creative director. Her favorite coffee drink is Stumptown cold brew and Hennessy.

Kristi Persinger   Kristi Persinger is an Educator at Stumptown Coffee Roasters in Los Angeles, CA. She has been active in the coffee community since 2013. Before establishing her career as a full-time coffee professional, she studied Jazz Vocal Performance and Sociology, but quickly found that her true passion and life's calling lies within the realm of speciality coffee.  As a regular participant, volunteer, host, judge, and occasional emcee at coffee events throughout Los Angeles and beyond, she dedicates her efforts to fostering a more inclusive space within the coffee community. Kristi's most recent accomplishment was representing Stumptown Coffee as a first-time competitor in the 2019 United States Barista Competition.

Kristi Persinger

Kristi Persinger is an Educator at Stumptown Coffee Roasters in Los Angeles, CA. She has been active in the coffee community since 2013. Before establishing her career as a full-time coffee professional, she studied Jazz Vocal Performance and Sociology, but quickly found that her true passion and life's calling lies within the realm of speciality coffee.

As a regular participant, volunteer, host, judge, and occasional emcee at coffee events throughout Los Angeles and beyond, she dedicates her efforts to fostering a more inclusive space within the coffee community. Kristi's most recent accomplishment was representing Stumptown Coffee as a first-time competitor in the 2019 United States Barista Competition.

Pablo Lara   Driven by the power of interpersonal connections, Pablo Lara has been motivated to work in various sectors of the coffee supply chain. Throughout the last six years of working in coffee, from the coffee shop setting to the importing desk, he's found that connecting people is not just fun but also essential for the development of collaborations. This idea drove Pablo to organize a festival that brings together coffee roasters, coffee importers, cafes, artists, musicians, bakers and specialty beverage makers from SD, LA, IE and Tijuana. Pablo believes in the importance of creativity and quality and seeks to provide a platform for local cold brew makers and consumers to create new products and push the conversations.

Pablo Lara

Driven by the power of interpersonal connections, Pablo Lara has been motivated to work in various sectors of the coffee supply chain. Throughout the last six years of working in coffee, from the coffee shop setting to the importing desk, he's found that connecting people is not just fun but also essential for the development of collaborations. This idea drove Pablo to organize a festival that brings together coffee roasters, coffee importers, cafes, artists, musicians, bakers and specialty beverage makers from SD, LA, IE and Tijuana. Pablo believes in the importance of creativity and quality and seeks to provide a platform for local cold brew makers and consumers to create new products and push the conversations.