Founder of Coffee Nexus & Cup of Excellence Judge
John Thompson’s career in speciality coffee started in the 1990s and he has worked on projects from field through roasting to retail. His work at origin has spanned several continents, and he is fortunate to have worked closely with coffee growers in several countries to develop long term relationships, sustainable buying programs, and quality improvement initiatives.
John now trains and consults with a range of clients across the globe through his company Coffee Nexus, primarily on sourcing, sensory and roasting related projects. He is a Head Judge for the Cup of Excellence and has helped develop both the green coffee and sensory modules of the SCAE Coffee Diploma.
Founder and Director of Source
Cristina Talens is Founder and Director of Source and has been working with coffee, cocoa and tea farmers around the globe for over 10 years. Cristina started her coffee journey as Ethical Trading Manager at Taylors of Harrogate and today runs radio programmes in Africa on commodity crops, agriculture and climate change with the Lorna Young Foundation.
This coffee is a first attempt to create a product which is a sustainable ‘all-rounder’, combining the quality of single origin gourmet coffees with conservation efforts which rewards farmers for tree planting and rainforest protection. Based on the belief that every business, no matter how large or small, can do its bit to address climate change.
The Plan Vivo Team
The Plan Vivo Standard is a tried and tested support framework for rural communities to manage their natural resources more sustainably, with a view to generate climate, livelihood and ecosystem benefits. Projects are run by local organisations, which work with local communities to engage in a range of activities including afforestation, reforestation, mangrove conservation, and avoided deforestation, and increases and diversifies local incomes through livelihood development. Till date, projects under the Plan Vivo Standard have put in place land use management plans which will lead to the reduction/avoidance of over 1.4 million tonnes of CO2 emissions, through the collective actions of over 9,000 small holders and community groups who have been channelled over US$ 7 million through the voluntary carbon market.
A Special Thank You To
Michele Menegon from the Tropical Biodiversity Section at the Museo delle Science in Italy and Ambio in Mexico for their images.
Not to mention, Alexa Morrison, Bruce McKinnon, Cathrine Armour, Chris Longden, Damian Blackburn, Dhanush Dhinesh, Ewan Reid, Hannah Eatough, Ian Agnew, Jonnie Norgate, Keith Writer, Kevin McNerney, Nicky Campbell, Sam Wrobleska, Richard Brewster, Sam Joseph, Sian Foster, Willie McGhee for their support, humour and insight.