This year, Equator Coffee and Teas is sending its largest contingent yet to the annual SCAA Expo. Every year, the SCAA Event convenes folks from every arm of the coffee industry, bringing producers, roasters, baristas, journalists, and more to the same city for a weekend of inspired conversation and education. This year, Equator's Director of Training, Devorah Freudiger, and doyenne of Specialty Sales Alex Littlejohn, will be teaching a skill building course in espresso extraction. Associate Green Coffee Buyer Caitlin McCarthy-Garcia will be running the Cup Tasters Competition, and partner Chido Govera, with whom Equator teamed up to produce Chido's Blend—a coffee whose proceeds support Chido's work empowering women around the world—will be the keynote speaker at this year's International Women's Coffee Alliance Breakfast.
Lead barista Cat Mungcal will be volunteering at the Expo and hoping to test into Level 1 Barista Certification, and Director of Coffee Ted Stachura will be interfacing with producers and cupping new lots of coffee. Also in attendance will be Account Manager Mike Mierz, CEO Helen Russell, and VP Maureen McHugh.