Today I blog from Manchester Airport, on my way to the SCAA show in Long Beach California. I’ve been a little cagey about specifically why I’m going, and a certain project I’ve had on the go for a while, but today I can tell you all why.
You all know from previous blog postings, I love the cup of excellence program. The cup of excellence program is managed and owned by the Alliance for Coffee Excellence. This is an organisation made up of volunteer directors and a paid executive that make all the decisions regarding the program and have steered it to its present day success in highlighting the very best coffees from member countries.
Recently there was an opportunity to be nominated to this board of directors, and for what ever reason I decided it would be a good thing to do. The nominating system is quite different to any other board I’ve seen before but basically there is a steering committee that decide from the nominations who will serve on the board. I unfortunately wasn’t one of the ones selected but never one to lie down, I was put into the voting by a write in collecting some support from current members, and have successfully been elected to the board of directors.
So what does this mean? Well it means I’ll be attending a few board meetings per year, and generally offering support advice and my experience as a micro roaster. The current board didn’t really have the European micro roaster base covered (in fact there wasn’t one European roaster). Its really exiting for me as I’ve wanted a project I could sink my teeth into and the cup of excellence is something that is very dear and close to my heart.
I’ve never really been one for clubs, and I’ve certainly never been voted onto anything before so it gives me real pride that my peers in the industry have thought I could do a good job for them.
I know some of that coffee industry read this blog, and for these friends who offered their support, I can not thank you enough. For my customers and non-industry friends ( I wonder what the difference is) it will mean little apart from we will at the heart of promoting the best coffees from around the world and making sure that they get to the customers table.
One of my goals for the board is to be a mouth piece for the little guy, from someone at home, brewing coffee to other roasters across Europe. So please feel free to mail me with comments, suggestions and anything else you can think of regarding the program.
My tour is brief and I’m not sure how much time I will have with my computer (so far every waking minute is allocated to something). So blogs may not happen as often as I’d like, but I’m armed with my camera and will have a long flight back to collect my thoughts so hopefully I’ll have some postings of my tour whistle stop tour of the SCAA show.