Stephen has been with Mercanta for a long time, and is a critical member of the team – he is a huge contributor to systems, sourcing, quality management and, of course, sales.
Stephen joined Mercanta in 2011, in London, as the coffee lab assistant. Having just graduated from Uni and keen to dive headfirst into the world of specialty coffee, this position at Mercanta offered him key foundational exposure to begin his career in specialty coffee.
Stephen’s sentiments today continue to reflect his approach to work, and continue to mirror those of Mercanta – learning, sharing and building. “I really like how much there is to learn and how willing people are to share what they know with each other. I also value how much trust there is in the industry and how it’s been built brick by brick on quality relationships at every step.”
Stephen also points out that when looking forward at the future of our business, it is sometimes worthwhile looking back at what we have achieved and the successes we’ve managed to have thus far, “There are some obvious challenges ahead of us, but there are also some behind us as well which we overcame, I’m optimistic about the future of coffee, as the audience has grown over the years more and more farmers and groups have gained market access which can only be a good thing.”