A Message from the Chair
I would like to extend a warm congratulations to the four newly elected and re-elected members of the Roasters Guild Executive Council! Each of them embodies the many things that make the Roasters Guild community so strong and I am excited to see how they put those talents to work ushering in the next steps for the Roasters Guild. Their leadership in defining the future of the guild and their diligence in protecting the values that have been the foundation for where the guild is currently will be paramount to their roles on this council.
I thank them in advance for their hard work, and I greatly look forward to working with all of them in this capacity.
Chair, Roasters Guild Executive Council
Colleen is the cupper, head roaster and coffee buyer for New York based Gimme! Coffee, Roast Magazine’s 2013 Macro Roaster of the Year. She is a licensed Q Grader and Q Grader Instructor Apprentice for the Coffee Quality Institute. She serves on multiple SCAA committees, has been part of the SCAA and NCA organizational assessment teams, and volunteers for coffee organizations worldwide. Her mission on the Lectures subcommittee is to bring important high level dialog to the free lecture format, including various Relationship Coffee panels, and the 2012 “Variety Development and The Future of Quality” panel. She believes in a strengthened supply chain, and YOU!
My personal goals within Specialty Coffee have never rested simply with the success of producing a quality product. What drives me is impacting those around me in a positive way, whether through a coffee product, a training, a coffee competition, or simply a conversation. I have a lot of experience in this industry: roasting, cafe’, cupping, teaching classes, competing, the list goes on. However, my most meaningful experiences have simply been time spent with real people. I hope to enhance that kind of connectivity within the Roaster’s Guild and from it to the larger coffee community.
Bob is the co-owner and green coffee buyer for Orleans Coffee Exchange, and has been in the coffee business for over 20 years. He has been on the EC for the past two years, and also served on the RGEC from 2006-2008. Bob has volunteered for SCAA Exposition in cupping labs and roasting labs, as well as assisting staff at Roasters Guild Retreats. He feels it’s important that the RG continue to provide meaningful and educational classes to guild members. Bob chairs the membership committee currently and wishes to help facilitate growth for the guild. Bob is happy to see how RG is providing meaningful content and credible educational opportunities for its members.
Sevan Istanboulian’s days as a coffee roaster started in 1995 and he has been an active member of the Roasters Guild since the early days of its inception. Sevan is currently serving on the Education Committee of the Executive Council and has played a pivotal role in the development of some of the critical educational courses for the RG certification program. He is known to most of you as the guardian of the roasting tent during Roasters Guild Retreats.