“My favourite Coffee has to be fully washed Colombians, any micro lots from Pergamino. One in particular that really struck a chord early doors was a micro lot produced by Francisco Cuchimba! Very clean, sweet, citrus fruits, blackberries, light florals.”
Ben graduated from Newcastle University with a degree in History, knowing that those who do not know history are doomed to ….. something or other.
A short stint organising the Hong Kong Sevens led him to the free-loving School Of Oriental and African Studies departing with a Masters in International Politics & Diplomacy. He didn’t escape without scars, though, as it was during his time at SOAS that he found a love for specialty coffee. Stunned by the number of specialty coffee shops springing up in and around Soho, Ben decided to ditch his dreams of working, unpaid, for a Non-Governmental Organisation to pursue the green bean….
After six months in the Eastern Bloc importing robusta and chickpeas on behalf of a large commercial roaster, he eventually rolled himself into the world of warehousing. After working for a piece at Vollers UK, he decided he wanted to work at Mercanta.
Jamie Marler gave him a shot, and hired him. He now manages sales in London, and the majority of Central and Eastern Europe. He’s currently working alongside our very own Juan, in lauching our Berlin office, opening later this year. When he’s really lucky, he gets to organise the odd client trip to origin.