Mardi Gras World at the NCA 2018 Convention
The following Q&A is from the NCA Next Generation Group, a National Coffee Association initiative to engage and support young professionals and emerging leaders across the coffee industry.
Shelby Westfeldt Mills
President, Coffee/Tea Trader
Westfeldt Brothers, Inc.
NCA Next Gen Council
Interviewed by Janet Colley Morse
How and when did you get involved with the coffee industry?
It was right after Katrina in 2005 and I was living in New York City interviewing for jobs in advertising. My dad had to relocate Westfeldt Brothers to North Carolina, and asked if I would work on the New York Board of Trade (now the ICE) as a clerk and assist WBI.
I put everything on hold and started immediately. I fell in love with it!
If you ask how I ended up at Westfeldt Brothers, that was probably because my mom made my dad give me a job.
What interested you in joining the NCA Next Gen group and then becoming part of the council?
It’s been two weeks since Hurricane Florence slammed into the Carolina coast. In the storm’s devastating wake, communities across the southeastern United States are still struggling with flooding, wastewater, and access to basic supplies.
During difficult times, small things can mean the most. That’s why the Community Coffee team, in partnership with organizations like The Salvation Army USA, USO of North Carolina, American Red Cross, and Harris Teeter, has served 16,000 cups of coffee to first responders and victims of Hurricane Florence to date.
“Good or bad, everyone loved sharing stories over a hot cup of Community coffee,” says Sean Kirby, Field Manager.
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The following post is an edited excerpt of contend provided by Volcafe. Volcafe is an NCA member company. (Learn more about contributing guest blog posts to National Coffee.)
Visit the NCA Coffee Gives Back Charity Showcase to learn more about how NCA members are working to support coffee communities at origin.
Child labor is a big problem in some of the poorer areas of Uganda, which includes coffee producing communities. Unfortunately, there is no simple solution.
Any resolution demands a dedicated, sustained effort. It must get to the root cause of the problem and improve the economic viability of households so that parents can afford to let their children attend school.
Some coffee companies are choosing step up and take action to empower positive change at origin.
Janet Colley Morse, Dupuy, at the NCA Convention 2017
The following post is from the NCA Next Generation Group, a National Coffee Association initiative to engage and support young professionals and emerging leaders across the coffee industry. It is part of an ongoing series introducing you to the NCA Next Gen Council.
Janet Colley Morse
NCA Next Gen Council Member
Vice President at Dupuy Storage & Forwarding, LLC
As interviewed by Shelby Westfeldt Mills, NCA Next Gn Council Member Continue reading
COMPANY: Java Momma
LOCATION: Danville, PA
NCA MEMBER SINCE: March 2018
What does Java Momma do?
Java Momma fosters a community based on an abundance mindset that there is enough coffee and sales for everyone. We help our consultants redefine what direct sales is known for through information, training opportunities, and relationship building.
COMPANY: Swiss Water Decaffeinated Coffee Company
LOCATION: Burnaby, British Columbia
NCA MEMBER SINCE: 2005
What does the Swiss Water Decaffeinated Coffee Company do?
We decaffeinate coffee using a 100% chemical-free water process that preserves the maximum flavor and character of the bean.
“As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.” — Bill Gates
Meet the crema of the crop.
The NCA Next Generation initiative was launched last year to help support talented young professionals who are passionate about the coffee industry. (NCA membership is not a prerequisite to join.)
Led by a volunteer board of emerging leaders, the Next Gen group has worked for the past year to develop new networking opportunities, professional development programming, and NCA social media initiatives.
The first Next Gen Breakout Session will be held at the NCA 2018 Annual Convention on March 15 in New Orleans. The educational session will include leadership lessons, investment insights for a young adults, and information on how to get involved.
Here, Brandon Jackson, Vice President in Commodities & Logistics, Brown Brothers Harriman, and the first Chair of the NCA Next Gen Committee, talks about why we need new voices to help guide the coffee industry’s future – and what to expect next.
COMPANY: The Coffee Brewmasters
LOCATION: Buffalo Grove, IL
NCA MEMBER SINCE: 2017
What does The Coffee Brewmasters do?
Manufacture coffee & tea extracts for bulk ingredient and ready-to-drink formats.
COMPANY: Atlas Coffee Club
LOCATION: Austin, TX
NCA MEMBER SINCE: September 2017
WEBSITE: Atlas Coffee Club & Atlas Coffee Blog
FACEBOOK: Atlas Coffee Club
What does Atlas Coffee Club do?
We take a unique spin on the traditional coffee subscription by taking coffee lovers on a world tour of coffee, each month highlighting coffee and culture from a new country. Tanzania, Ethiopia, Burundi and beyond, we’ve designed our coffee club to transform a daily caffeine fix routine into a journey to far off countries.
COMPANY: Fig Leaf Coffee Company
LOCATION: Cleveland, OH
NCA MEMBER SINCE: July 2017
What does Fig Leaf Coffee do?
Specialty coffee roasting for retail and wholesale.