Meet our head roaster and head of production: Charles is half Swiss, half Irish, was raised in Hong Kong and speaks fluent English, German, Norwegian and is getting on with his Spanish.
He completed his studies in Comparative Politics in Bergen, Norway and a Masters in Environment and Sustainable Development at UCL, UK before going on to work for Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Government Innovation Team where the main focus was on the Mayor’s Challenge – an ideas and innovation competition for cities and mayors to generate bold new ideas that solve urban challenges and improve city life.
It was in London where he met Mary. Coincidentally he was working on Latin-American cities and through conversations of stock market prices, value chain complexities and dates throughout London’s specialty coffee cafés he quickly found himself immersed in the world of coffee.
After training in Florence, Italy and obtaining the certifications from the SCA (Specialty Coffee Association) for Roasting, Green Coffee, Barista and Sensory, he is the one who works in the background to try and bring that coffee to life in the cup.
4 years down the road he has found groove and he keeps logging and analysing all his profiles as well as attending Roasters Retreats to meet peers learn about the newest tendencies in the industry.