The truest path to sustainability starts with people and continues through the quality of their work.

Ulian Project - New Mill

Smallholder farmers who have the ability to process their own harvest have more control over the price of their product. This project boot-strapped a small coffee-milling business for a farming family in Kintamani, Bali.

Ulian Project - Mapping Plots

Before starting a product segmentation scheme, we first need a solid understanding of the plot distribution, the breed or variety of trees on each plot, and the growing conditions of each plot (elevation, shade levels, slope-facing, etc).

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Partnering With Producers

I partnered with producers in Kintamani, Bali to help build and establish a new mill for centralized processing of coffee cherries harvested from various smallholders in the community.

Licensed Q Grader

In 2014 I obtained my Q Grader certification. This enables me to effectively communicate with roasters, baristas, farmers, etc regarding coffee production, flavor profiles, coffee preparation, etc.

Certified Level 1 Roaster

I am a member of both the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) as well as the Roaster’s Guild, a trade guild of the SCAA.  I hold the guild’s level 1 roaster’s certificate.

SCA Station Instructor

I have completed the SCA’s Instructor Development Program (IDP) and have been station instructor for classes at the annual Roaster’s Guild Retreat.