Ed Canty, General Manager, joined the Cooperative Coffees’ team in October 2015. His coffee career began two decades ago in a Portland, Maine coffee shop where he learned the craft of roasting and the pleasure of customer service. This led him to Green Mountain Coffee Roaster’s cupping lab in Waterbury, Vermont. His interest in coffee quality and growing communities started a 15 year career as Green Mountain’s Fair Trade and Organic coffee buyer. He values transparency, principled negotiations, intelligent system design, and innovative holistic agricultural practices that improving quality and producer livelihood through trade. Ed is a licensed Q grader and serves on the Board of Trustees for the Coffee Quality Institute. He lives in Vermont with his partner Christe and children Asher and Emma.
After 15 years on the roasting side of coffee, Mike Moon joined Cooperative Coffees to work on the importing side as Sales Manager. Mike got into coffee as an activist for Fair Trade. After visiting coffee growers in Chiapas Mexico in 2001 he and a friend started Just Coffee Cooperative which is now a thriving and successful roaster member of Cooperative Coffees. While at Just Coffee, Mike spent many years on the Coop Coffees Board of Directors where he was deeply involved in the coops growth and development. As a former member of the Cooperative he is excited to be working with members to grow sales and explore how the cooperative can serve members in new and innovative ways.
Abby Trantham, Finance Director, joined the Cooperative Coffees’ Americus office in May 2004. While obtaining her bachelors degree in Accounting, she worked part time at the Coop alongside founder Bill Harris performing a multitude of tasks. After graduating with honors from Georgia Southwestern State University in 2006 with her Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting, she was excited to accept a full-time position at the Coop. To this day, she remains devoted to Coop Coffees and her work. She takes great pleasure in knowing that her work positively impacts two things that she holds dear to her heart; farmers and families. Abby loves knowing that her work helps to improve the lives of farmers and their families around the world. When not at Coop Coffees, Abby enjoys spending time with her family and friends whether that is a fun day on the boat or enjoying the country life at her family’s farm.
Becky Johnston, Inbound Logistics Coordinator, joined the Cooperative Coffees’ Americus team in August 2015. Born and raised in Americus, she has always admired the story behind Coop Coffees. So, after 12 years in the automotive industry, here she is; handling our inbound coffee processing and fair trade as well as organic certification. In addition to drinking coffee, her interests include camping, cooking, kayaking, and yard games with her family and friends.
Nancy Fuentes, Outbound Logistics Coordinator, was born and raised, until the age of 12, in Tamaulipas, Mexico. In May of 2011, Nancy graduated from South Georgia Technical College with an Associates degree in Accounting. She joined the Cooperative Coffees’ Americus team in February 2015 after working at Café Campesino for six years. She learned many aspects of the coffee industry from the roasting process to cupping. Nancy was excited to join the Coop Coffees team and continue her work, which ultimately impacts farmers from around the world. When Nancy is not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband and children.
Monika Firl, Coop Coffees’ Director of Sustainability, has worked in the Montreal office since 2002. Prior to Coop Coffees, Monika worked with a variety of locally based development projects, while living in Central America and Mexico from 1991 to 2000. Her experiences range from: founding and directing a center in San Salvador for the exchange of information on alternative technology; coordinating a regional Campesino a Campesino program promoting horizontal learning about sustainable production practices and market alternatives with farmer groups in Central America; and direct participation in technical training and marketing development with coffee producers’ cooperatives in Chiapas— including Maya Vinic with whom Coop Coffees maintains a relationship to date. Monika holds a Master’s Degree in Journalism as well as a BA in International Relations and German. She got her start in business, growing up in the backroom of her parents’ independent, retail store. In her spare time, Monika can be found on her bike, in the water, renovating some odd piece of furniture/home project…. or just goofing around with her 17-year-old daughter.
Felipe Gurdián Piza started with Cooperative Coffees as a lowly intern in 2010. Through the years, he has worn many hats in the organization. Today he serves as Sourcing Manager, overseeing the beans’ ebb and flow and managing Cooperative Coffees’ relationships and purchases from Latin America. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and History from McGill University and is a certified Q-grader. In his spare time Felipe enjoys punk-rock, cold cuts and cheese and his bike, weather permitting.
Matt Damron came to Coop Coffees in March of 2017. As Quality Manager, he oversees the day-to-day aspects of coffee quality, collaborating with members to monitor current trends and create innovative quality solutions across the supply chain. While studying music and film at North Carolina State University in 2001, Matt took his first job in the coffee industry as a barista. Over the following 16 years, he would move into almost every aspect of the coffee business, from cafes to roasters to exporters to importers – working directly with producers in Colombia, Nicaragua and El Salvador. He still finds joy in a well-brewed cup of coffee and simple conversation. When allowed outside the lab, Matt can be found taking in live music, playing guitar, biking around Montreal, or hanging out with his two loving but dopey dogs.
An innocent question “Is it possible that coffee would taste like green peas?” sent Ellen Meredith down an entirely new career track in the fall of 2010. Having retired from the advertising world and 15 years as a self-employed caterer, Ellen followed two years of intensive on-the-job training as Coop Coffees lab assistant. Currently armed with finely honed sample roasting skills, successful completion of SCAA Q-grader and cupping courses, and an unusually gifted, natural palate – Ellen is now in the role of Lab Manager. Ellen is also responsible for assisting with the planning of events such as our AGM green day, roaster workshops and internal exchanges. When not hunkered over the cupping tables – you might find Ellen whacking balls on the tennis courts in summer, throwing curling rocks down the ice in winter and cooking up a storm in her kitchen at any time of year.
Deborah Shea, Communications Director, joined Cooperative Coffees’ Montreal office in April 2012. Prior to her immersion in coffee, she worked for more than 20 years in the Canadian book industry. First in retail, then as a partner/owner of Hornblower Books, she was a key player in this national book publishers’ representation group. Deborah oversees Coop Coffees’ communications and is also responsible for administration and accounting for the Canadian office. She is excited to be a part of the organic fair trade world, and to be drinking great coffee! She enjoys yoga, books and hanging out with her family.
Florent Gout, Buyer for Africa and Asia, grew up In Sete, France. While pursuing his undergraduate studies abroad, in international trade, he was introduced to the Fair Trade principles. After graduation he became responsible for import operations for OXFAM Fair Trade in Montreal. This experience gave him a strong background in the management of import operations, forecasting, and inventory. He did not hesitate to apply when he saw the job offer posted by Coop Coffees.