2013 Ballot: Cast your vote here!
We'll be filling four (4) Executive Council positions to represent all BGA members from the list of nominees below (in alphabetical order):
Laila Ghambari, Caffe Ladro
Todd Goldsworthy, Klatch Coffee
Alexandra Littlejohn, Verve Coffee Roasters
Sarah Posma, Alaska Coffee Roasting Co.
Cole McBride, Visions Espresso
Alex Negranza, Liberty Bar
Talya Strader, Bow Truss Coffee Roasters
Matthew Scott, Lemonjello's Coffee
Miguel Vicuna, Metropolis Coffee Lohi
Qualifications: I am the Northwest Chapter Rep for the BGA. I send out a monthly newsletter informing members about community happenings such as cafe openings, latte art competitions, and educational classes. I have put on events during my year as the NW Chapter Rep, one being the NWRBC Prepfest. Held in Seattle and Portland, Prepfest was an event to ask questions and better understand what the judges are looking for. Sprudge created an amazing video from the event: http://youtu.be/8bmrz7wQBqo I'm the Director of Education for Caffe Ladro in Seattle. My job is to facilite growth for my community of baristas. I strongly feel this would also be my job as a member of the Executive Council. I'm Level 1 Certified and looking forward to getting Level 2 Certified this year at Camp! I'm IDP Certified also, so I get the opportunity to teach class at events like Camp and Expo. It's such a rewarding experience to see driven people come to learn, and leave with a greater understanding of the craft they love.
Qualifications: BGA Level 1 & Level 2 Certified SCAA IDP Certified BGA Level 1 & Level 2 Credentialed Examiner Coffee Guru for Klatch Coffee
Qualifications: I've been in coffee for 14 years, I'm a level 2 barista, lead instructor, BGA examiner and in real life.. I just love baristas and truly have their best interests at heart. I currently do account management, training and community outreach for Verve Coffee Roasters in SoCal and nationally. I can travel for all events and have support at the Verve team too!!!
Qualifications: I run a very busy café, where I do a little bit of everything; order green coffee, roast occasionally, train new baristas, work the bar, clean and organize the café, order supplies, manage social media, etc. . . I've been in the business for about fourteen years. I started out loving the smell of coffee, but not really understanding what "good coffee" was; I was convinced for a while that a caramel white chocolate mocha was the epitome of coffee drinks. Over the years I have learned so much: learned how to let the coffee shine and speak for itself. I believe there's much more to learn, and so much more we can do to improve specialty coffee. I love showing my customers, and sometimes my baristas, that coffee can be absolutely amazing without any sugar or cream. I would love to be on the BGA Executive Council. I think I have a unique perspective; being as I still work in a café every day. I have a lot of enthusiasm and a lot of knowledge to share, I want to learn as much as I can and support others who are as passionate about coffee as I am.
Qualifications: 11 years in Specialty Coffee. I've worked as a Barista, Manager and trainer. I also have experience in event planning.
Qualifications: Craft Cocktail Bar manager, US Bartenders Guild Member, WA State Bartender's Guild Member, former NWRBC Competitor, 4 years of USBC Judge's Certification and regional competitions, Photographer, events coordinator and former coffee blogger and consultant. Throughout my time in coffee I've watched the industry evolve and the craft become more and more refined. We are all familiar with specialty coffee and what goes into it, but what is the future of the barista and how do we make the job of being a barista more sustainable? It is my hope that I bring a refreshing and new outlook to the BGA E.C. with my experience and expertise in the craft beverage world. I hope to raise awareness in the craft coffee world through outreach and collaboration with new allies and expanding the membership base in new markets.
Qualifications: I am a detail oriented person with a hard work ethic, a dedication to character, who appreciates challenges. I am an effective leader, with a far reach, who always has a strong support system to help me accomplish goals/events/projects. I like to problem solve, plan, and work on a team. While I am no innovator, I love working with creative people in order to make their crazy ideas come to light. I have exhibited these characteristics through managing anywhere from 4-18 people at a time, for many years, with grace. I have also given back to the community that honed my skills by co-founding a coffee community in Chicago called New Gotham. I am committed to continuing, cultivating, and elevating the Specialty coffee scene in my city, region, and country.
Qualifications: BGA Certified Level 1 and 2 SCAA IDP Certified Competition Barista 2012 and 2013 Great Lakes Regional AeroPress Championship Competitor 2013 Store Owner & Barista Trainer for 10 years Barista for 14+ years
Qualifications: 10 years in the coffee industry Current BGA Mountain Region Rep Helped start monthly TNT's in Colorado Active member of the Rocky Mountain Craft Coffee Alliance BGA Level 1 + 2 Certified BGA Level 1 Examiner IDP Certified Lead and Station Instructor for CPAS and internationally in Dubai, U.A.E. in the last 2 years BGA Education Committee: helping write content as a subject matter expert in many classes Competition Committee and a USBC Head Judge, 5 years, 27 competitions. Helps out occasionally on the SCAA Sustainability Council.