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Alliance for Coffee Excellence Sets New Board of Directors
The Alliance for Coffee Excellence, Inc., (ACE) the US based non-profit that owns the Cup of Excellence program, recently named its new board of directors. “The 11 person board is an increase from 2003 and reflects the growth potential and interest in the program,” commented Susie Spindler, the present executive director.

“Cup of Excellence has proven extremely successful and there are so many opportunities for the future that it was necessary to bring in more diversity and skill to help manage the program,” she continued.

At a recent meeting in Tokyo, Becky McKinnon, president and c.e.o. of Timothy’s World Coffee was named the ACE chairman. Timothy’s has been a long time supporter of the Cup of Excellence program, having participated as a bidder in every auction. “Customers at our 140 retail stores across Canada now seek out our limited time offering of Cup of Excellence winners each year, as an opportunity to experience truly exceptional coffees,” she explained.

The ACE board will also include long time members Marcelo Vieira, coffee farmer, past president of BSCA and co-creator of Cup of Excellence; and Hidetaka Hayashi, president of the Hayashi Coffee Institute in Tokyo. Stephen Hurst past chairman and founder of London based Mercanta, the Coffee Hunters; Mike Ebert, president of Chicago-based Coffee Masters; Steve Leach, director of green coffee for Deidrich’s; and Roberto Bendaña founder of the Nicaragua Specialty Coffee Association will continue as board members.

New members to the Board of Directors include Peter Smit, director, International Trade Center (ITC/UNCTAD) in Switzerland; Luis Norberto Pascoal, owner of the Daterra coffee farm, and chairman and c.e.o. of Brazil-based Dpaschoal; and Oscar L. Schaps, managing director at Hencorp Futures, and president of Coffee Network in Miami, Florida.

A panel of experts consisting of producing country partners, roasters, importers and NGOs from around the world also advises the Alliance for Coffee Excellence, Inc.

For more information about the Cup of Excellence program log on to www.cupofexcellence.org.

Zoka Coffee Captures U.S. Barista Championship
Phuong Tran, lead barista trainer for Zoka Coffee Roaster & Tea Company, won the title of 2005 U.S. Barista Champion on March 13 in a competition hosted by Krups and sponsored by the Specialty Coffee Association of America. The contest attracted over 40-competition baristi from across the country. This honored title of Barista Champion represents the second U.S. Champion to hail from Zoka Coffee Roaster in the last four years. Ryan Denhardt, a Zoka wholesale customer from Baristas Daily Grind placed 5th. Additionally, two other baristi from Zoka Coffee Roaster were among the semifinalists both featuring Zoka Paladino Blend.

“We train our baristi to be the best in the world,” said Zoka Coffee Roaster owner Jeff Babcock. “We are delighted that Phuong Tran has captured this prestigious title. It lends tremendous credibility to our training program.”

Zoka Coffee Roaster and Tea Company opened in Seattle in 1997. Zoka operates two retail stores in the city and provides wholesale distribution of specialty coffees, teas and retail products with barista training and coffee education to specialty retailers, cafes and restaurants throughout the world.

Bernard Meunier Named at Nestlé Food (Russia)
Bernard Meunier has taken over as general director of Nestlé Food, the Russian division of the Swiss multinational, replacing Hans Guldenberg, who is retiring from the post, the company said and was reported in CoffeeWorld.

Most recently head of food services for Nestlé France, Meunier worked for Nestlé Food in Moscow as marketing director and then commercial director from 1996 to 2000, before being named head of Nestlé Hungary.

First Colony Coffee & Tea Company Appointments
Don Burnside joins specialty coffee and tea manufacturer, First Colony Coffee & Tea Company as an inventory control analyst. He will be responsible for maintaining accurate inventory records in all locations, as well as interfacing with operations and finance in Norfolk.

Burnside brings with him 30 years of inventory experience. Prior to working for First Colony Coffee & Tea Co., Burnside wore many hats working for Hampton Road Contracting and Supply, including office manager, field manager and accounts payable. Burnside also served in the Navy for 23 years as a supply officer.

Tomlinson Promotes Engle
Tomlinson Industries, manufacturers of brewing equipment, has promoted Jeanne Engle to director of marketing and modular dispensing systems product manager. She joined Tomlinson in 1995 as advertising manager and was promoted to advertising/marketing manager. In her new position, Engle will be responsible for Tomlinson’s marketing related activities including advertising, trade shows, product publicity, lierature and sales promotions.
Bruno Egon Angst,
February 26, 2005, age 72.

Bruno Angst, a well-known member of the Brazilian and International coffee trade passed away in Santos, Brazil after a short illness.

Angst was born in Frauenfeld, Switzerland and received his formal education in local schools and Commercial College. After graduating in 1950, he joined Gebreuder Volkart at its international headquarters in Winterthur as a trainee in their export department. In 1953 he was transferred to the Coffee department of Volkart Brothers Ltd. in London, U.K., and later to the Volkart Brothers Inc. branch in New York in 1954. In 1955, Angst was moved to Brazil as assistant manager of the Santos Coffee department of Volkart Irmaos Ltda. In 1960, he was appointed general manager of the Santos office and served in that capacity, and as a general partner, until he retired from the firm in 1987.

With his commercial experience and love of Brazil, he continued in Santos and served for periods of time as Santos coffee department manager of the Coopertiva Agricola de Cotia and Battistella Trading S/A. Finally, in 1998, he joined Commissaria Exportadora e Importadora Comexim Ltda. as coffee consultant and assessor to the directors, where he served until just a few days before his death.

Through the years Angst took an active interest in Santos and Brazilian coffee trade Associations and events. He was president of the coffee exporters department of the Santos Commercial Association for many terms, and president of the organizing committee of many of the Santos International Coffee Seminars in Guaruja, which he coordinated with much success. Angst was elected and served for several terms as vice president of the Santos Commercial Association and later appointed secretary of the Deliberative Council.

Angst was also a councilor and director of FEBEC, the Brazilian Federation of Coffee Exporters, councilor and director of the State of Sao Paulo Coffee Chamber and president of the Coffee Chamber of the Sao Paulo Mercantile & Futures Exchange.

Bruno Angst was also active in community affairs serving as director and vice president of the Santos English Club, and president and Council member of the Anglo-American Benevolent Association.

Angst leaves many friends in Brazil and abroad, including his family by his first marriage with deceased Rosa Marie Angst, son Paul and daughters, Monica, Evelyne, Claudia and Angela, in addition to his second wife, Sueli da Silva Soares Angst.

- Harry C. Jones

Tea & Coffee - April/May, 2005
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