Dana started at InterAmerican in 2010, in the Quality Control department, which included all sample roasting, communication with customers and origin regarding approvals and rejections, and of course lots of daily cuppings and coffee evaluations. After a few years, her love for talking coffee with roasters, and for traveling to foster relationships at origin, led her to her current role as a trader.Dana is a Q Grader and has an SCA Instructor Development Program (IDP) credential, which enables her to lead SCA classes. Her passion for coffee is fueled by her desire to learn every discipline/aspect about it, from discovering unique coffee shops to building relationships and increasing her knowledge about origin with travel!
This role is brand new, so still very much in the exploratory phase—there’ll be 15 Community Coordinators across the country. Once everyone’s elected, the first step will be identifying our communities. But what excites me about it is the potential to be in a pivotal role, in a new position that has a lot of room to be creative, with real value for the coffee community.
Working for the Neumann Kaffee Gruppe (NKG), a global leader in the coffee market, and InterAmerican having more than a thousand clients across the U.S., I can offer a valuable perspective and access to global market information as well as local. Not only do I get to be part of the supply chain, I am also a voice that can represent many customers in different areas of the country. And that feels great. I care a lot about coffee, people in coffee and its impact on the local community. I want to be a voice for people to expand the relationships between coffee and its communities. The unique part of working in coffee is we all feel a personal relationship with it and really LOVE working in it. I feel like this role will help feed my passion to be even more connected to coffee and the lovely people within it.