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The Coffee World’s top Beans share their knowledge and skills
Helen Russell is Co-founder and CEO of Equator Coffee and Teas in San Rafael, CA. Under Helen’s direction, Equator has earned a reputation as a quality-oriented, customer-focused business that defines competitive advantage to include social responsibility and sustainable choices. At CoffeeCon, Helen is going to share the kinds of things coffee companies can do to be socially responsible, and share her tips on how consumers can be responsible high end coffee consumers.
Alan Adler - Inventor of the Aeropress
As many of you already know, there are many ways to make coffee with the AeroPress. Its infinite variations have fostered international brewing competitions. Alan Adler will show us his preferred brewing method and talk about his reasons for brewing the way he does. He'll also talk about the process of inventing and perfecting the AeroPress and answer your questions. You can watch a CBS News story about him and the AeroPress.
George Howell - Keynote Speaker
George Howell founded Coffee Connection in Cambridge, MA in 1974. He grew Coffee Connection into 24 company-owned stores throughout New England, and sold his high-quality popular coffee company to Starbucks in 1994. After being awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Specialty Coffee Association of America in 1996, he returned to coffee-traveling world-wide, and in 1997 worked on models of economic sustainability for coffee farmers for the United Nations and the International Coffee Organization. This led directly to the co-founding of the 1999 Cup Of Excellence program, designed to help break the commodity/price cycle in the specialty coffee industry. Howell, educated at Yale University, lives in Wayland, MA, and travels extensively to coffee producing farms. In 2004 he created George Howell Coffee, which specializes in single estate coffees and pioneers in raising quality coffee standards to much higher levels. In 2007 Howell was awarded the Specialty Coffee Association of Europe’s highest honor, the Better Coffee World Award. George recently returned to his cafe roots opening his first cafe, George Howell Coffee, in Newtwonville, MA.
Jim Schulman is a scholar and Sherlock Holmes-level amateur espresso and water expert, based online at coffeecuppers.com. Jim will be demonstrating his home espresso techniques at CoffeeCon 2014’s Home Espresso presentation. He will also be presenting his definitive water class.
Scott has worked in specialty coffee since 1988 and joined La Minita in 2008. He has extensive knowledge of green coffee sourcing, purchasing, roasting, and blend development, and is proficient in various types of coffee evaluation. Scott works directly with our green coffee projects in Brazil, Colombia, Guatemala, Ethiopia and Kenya. He devotes special focus on certified coffees and works directly with many of our US customers to source and build up their sustainable coffee positions. Scott has participated in multiple international cupping panels, sits on the Editorial Board for Roast Magazine, and currently serves as chair of the SCAA Sustainability Council.ny
Kenneth Davids, is among the authors who defined what is now called Specialty Coffee. He’s written three coffee books, the first one Coffee: A Guide to Buying, Brewing and Enjoying, has been produced in multiple editions. His second, Espresso: Ultimate Coffee was nominated for a James Beard award. In 1996 he was awarded a “Special Achievement Award for Outstanding Contributions to Coffee Literature” by the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA). His site CoffeeReview has become the single most influential rating guide for consumers seeking the best in beans.
Kevin Sinnott is best-selling coffee author and blogger at coffeecompanion.com. He became known after publishing objective coffee brewer reviews, realizing brewers are the hardware to coffee beans’ software. He is CoffeeCon’s creator and host and co-presenter of Creating a Home Brewing Coffee Experience workshop.