We invite you to listen to our conversations with several female leaders in the coffee industry. In this series, we identified 12 inspiring women from across the globe who are challenging the status quo to make coffee better, specifically focusing on highlighting incredible women and their endless passion for coffee. As we searched for women leaders to participate in this project, we realized that the industry is extremely fortunate to have so many female figures doing so much for coffee, its future, the people and its sustainability. We wish we had infinite time and space to have a conversation with all of them, but since that is not possible, we have selected 12 interviews that will be released as podcasts and videos every week, starting on Wednesday, September 29th. The women listed below are experts in different areas who bring inspiration by doing so much good for the industry. Listening to them share their “aha” moments and lessons inspired us so much to continue making coffee better, together! Because as Beyonce says: “who run the world? Girls!”
Coffee Talk with Taya Brown: Using Science and Agronomy to Empower Coffee Communities
In this new episode of Caravela Coffee Talks, we speak with Taya Brown, founder of the Del Fuego Project. Taya is a researcher, agronomist, and Ph.D. in Horticulture. She combines her interest and passion for organic food systems and her coffee experience while working directly with small-scale farmers in Guatemala. She shares how a scientific approach, agronomy, access to information, and cupping can help develop communities while empowering farmers to have more ownership and participation in coffee studies, specialty coffee markets, and as coffee consumers.
Coffee Talk with Priyawadee Amornurathkul: Uplifting Thailand Specialty Coffeescene
In this episode, our Relationship Builder, Ana Sofía Narvaez, speaks with Priya, who is based in Thailand and is co-founder of Samadool Coffee. She tells us about how she the Australian market inspired her to start a coffee business in her home country, Thailand. Since they started, they have not only introduced some of Australia to the Thai market, but they have been able to educate coffee consumers in Thailand, through great quality of coffee and outstanding customer service. We invite you to listen how Samadool have adapted to their market and developed a whole coffee industry here.
Coffee Talk with Holly Kragiopoulos: Unlocking Growth in Coffee
In this new episode of Caravela Coffee Talks, we speak with Holly Kragiopoulos, co-founder of North Star Coffee Roasters in Leeds, United Kingdom. Holls wears many hats in the business, amongst them Green Sourcing, Relationship with Farmers, and Quality Control. We had a great conversation about how Holly started her coffee career after traveling and working directly with farmers in Kenya with her partner, Alex Kragiopoulos. They saw an opportunity and a gap back then to connect farmers with consumers, change consumers' mindsets about coffee, and change the way coffee was marketed as a simple commodity. Holly highlights crucial moments for the growth of her career, as well as the expansion and evolution of North Start Coffee Roasters, always putting people over profits.
Coffee Talk with Zarah Lawless:Setting Up a Successful Coffee Business by Staying True to Your Story
In this episode of Caravela Coffee Talks, you will hear from our former Relationship Builder, Salomé Puentes and Zarah Lawless, co-founder of Calendar Coffee based in Ireland.
They speak about how they started Calendar Coffee back in 2018 based on seasonal coffees and building a reputation for unparalleled quality, always being honest and loyal to their story and journey. Zarah shares with us some tips on starting a coffee business. But most important, she shares with us how to successfully keep a business by staying true to your values.
Coffee Talk with Jamie Isetts: Green Coffee Buyers Have The Power to Change Narratives
In today’s conversation, you will hear from our former Relationship Builder, Salomé Puentes and Jamie Isetts, Sourcing Consultant and Green Buyer for Square Mile Coffeee. They speak about how Jaime came to become a Green Coffee Consultant, a journey that started somehow working with small-scale farmers in Spain, learning new languages like Spanish and Portuguese. They dive into the role of green buyers, power dynamics, transparency, traceability, standards, and expectations when establishing relationships with producers. The power to change narratives whilst creating a positive impact for all parties in the supply chain.
Coffee Talk with Lisa Lawson: Evolving The Specialty Coffee Industry Through Community and Ethics
In today’s conversation, you will hear from our former Relationship Builder, Salomé Puentes and Lisa Lawson, co-founder of Dear Green Coffee Roasters in Glasgow, Scotland and the Glasgow Coffee Fest. They speak about how the wine industry inspired Lisa to build a coffee company in Glasgow and how the coffee industry in this country has grown and evolved since then to the point that is now a mainstream conversation! She also talks about the power of community building, network, and sustainability-driven companies to make the coffee industry better and more sustainable for everyone.