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Monday, October 2 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Small Coffee Companies in a Big Coffee Town: Creative Strategies for Engaging Community

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As a small company, how do you get coffee all the way from the equator to your customers? How do you succeed as a roaster in a town that has dozens? What do you offer your guests as a retailer that they cannot find elsewhere? These impressive panelists have found unique and creative ways to solve these problems. We will hear from a roaster, a retailer and a general manager as they demystify the coffee process, offer their insight and share their successes.

Venue Details: 
Dress code restricts baseball caps, shorts, athletic wear and flip-flops.  

Moderators
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Brandon Paul Weaver

Owner, Co-Op Director, Foreigner Coffee and Liberty Bar
Brandon Paul Weaver first fell in love with coffee hanging out with friends over Frappuccinos at Starbucks. That love quickly grew into a desire to learn everything about the coffee world. After stints at local cafes like Parnassus and Zoka, winning several coffee competitions along the way, Weaver and his mentor Nik Virrey brought something new to Seattle coffee in 2013 when they designed a menu emphasizing sit-down bar-style service at Slate Coffee Roasters, and he set his sights on learning everything he could about the other kind of bar service. He landed at Capitol... Read More →

Speakers
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Laila Ghambari

General Manager, Cherry Street Public House
Laila Ghambari is the GM for Cherry Street Public House, a new concept for her families long standing coffee company Cherry Street Coffee House. She sits on the Executive Council for the Barista Guild of America and is the 2014 United States Barista Champion.
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Brandin Myett

Co-Owner, Honor Society Coffee
Brandin Myett is a career chef, the founder and co-owner of Juicebox Seattle and the co-owner Honor Society Coffee. Brandin applies his culinary expertise to plant based cuisine in order to enhance its esteem in gastronomy and invigorate its perception. Currently both a working... Read More →
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Jesse Nelson

Founder, Conduit Coffee
Jesse Nelson is the founder of Conduit Coffee Company here in Seattle. Conduit is based around the idea of sharing and connecting people to amazing coffee and the communities that thrive on the cup. His background in non-profit development and small business gives him a unique pe... Read More →
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Liz Pachaud

Roaster and Co-Owner, Honor Society Coffee
Liz Pachaud is the roaster and co-owner of Honor Society Coffee. She is also a longtime animal protection advocate who has previously worked undercover to expose animal abuse on factory farms and slaughterhouses, leading to unprecedented legal victories for animals and food safe... Read More →


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