It was announced today that Rob Stephen, SCAA Past President and long-time volunteer, has joined the team at Olam Specialty Coffee in the role of International Business Development Manager. With more than 20 years of experience in the coffee trade as a green coffee buyer, trader and quality consultant, Rob has been an integral part of the association and the specialty coffee industry. He is a co-author of the SCAA Green Coffee Defect Handbook and represents the U.S. at the ISO Coffee Standards council (TC 34:SC15).
As an SCAA certified Lead Instructor and Q Grader Instructor for the Coffee Quality Institute, Rob has educated countless coffee professionals over the years, providing insights and wisdom from his experience in the industry.
Prior to joining Olam, Rob started and managed a trading office on the East coast for a multinational firm, and was the president and founder of Coffee Solutions in Hopedale, MA. In his new role at Olam he will help the company expand their trading operations into new and emerging specialty markets across the globe. He will be based in Providence, RI. To learn more about Olam Specialty Coffee, visit their website here.