SCA Lectures Podcast #10: Effective Strategies for Green Coffee Buyers

This episode of the SCA Podcast from the 2017 Specialty Coffee Expo features Mark Inman and Rob Stephen, two former coffee roasters/business owners, Past Presidents of the heritage Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA), and current green coffee buyers and traders. Mark and Rob bring 25 years of experience to the table as they guide coffee buyers through basic coffee trading terms, describe common buying mistakes, and impart strategies to create a winning coffee buying plan.

Presenter: Mark Inman, Senior Trader/West Coast Sales Manager, Olam Specialty Coffee
Mark Inman has worked in the Specialty Coffee Industry for over 25 years. He is the Former owner of Taylor Maid Farms of Sebastopol and currently is the Senior Trader for Olam Specialty Coffee. Mark is a Past President of the SCAA, Past Chair of World Coffee Events, Past Chair of the Roasters Guild and Past board member of International Women’s Coffee Alliance.

Presenter: Rob Stephen, Sales Manager/International Business Development Manager, Olam Specialty Coffee
Rob Stephen is a Coffee Trader and Business Development Director for Olam Specialty Coffee in Providence, RI. He is an SCAA Past President, certified Q Grader, Q Grader Instructor for CQI, and represents the USA at the ISO council on international coffee standards (TC34:SC15). Specializing in quality standards development and supply chain optimization, he has lectured extensively at coffee events and trade shows around the world, and conducts training sessions regularly for the SCA and CQI.

This talk was presented live at the 2017 Global Specialty Coffee Expo, the largest annual gathering of specialty coffee professionals.

The SCA Lectures podcast series is brought to you by Olam Specialty Coffee, connecting roasters to the finest specialty green coffees. Learn more about Olam at

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