odiaMission

The Bay Area Coffee Community’s mission is to support, empower, and foster a community for ALL of the coffee professionals in the Bay Area through educational, social, and networking events.

History

The Bay Area Coffee Community (BACC) began in 2012 as an organization of coffee professionals with a desire to host events and promote community. In 2013, it held a very successful series of latte art throwdowns. For two years, it went on hiatus. Now, we’ve revived the BACC with a set of new by-laws and new people.

Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

talya-strader-bacc-presidentPresident: TALYA STRADER

General Manager, Equator Coffee & Tea

BGA member since: 2008 with a company, but independently since 2012

Why are you involved with BACC? I believe in the strength and empowerment that comes with community.

Random Fact: Favorite non-coffee food item is chocolate milk. Sometimes, I will wake up in the middle of the night just to drink chocolate milk.

jenn-chen-bacc-vice-presidentVice-president: Jenn Chen

Freelance Coffee Marketer, Writer, Photographer

BGA member since: 2015

Why are you involved with BACC? We’re in need of a community organization here to unite industry professionals and create a collaborative atmosphere.

Random fact: My favorite color is teal

jasper-secretarySecretary: Jasper Grey Wilde

Coffee Educator, Ritual Coffee Roasters

BGA member since: 2012

Why are you involved with the BACC? Collaboration creates innovation. I am in the Bay Area Coffee Community to bring coffee professionals together to help create the highest standard of art and craftsmanship. 

Random Fact. Zodiac: Virgo sun, Aries moon, Cancer rising, year of the Earth snake. Very grounded and sensitive to others with a sassy, vibrant attitude.

bacc-jasonTreasurer: Jason Reed Miller

Operations Manager, Mazarine Coffee

BGA member since: 2016!

Why are you involved with BACC? I got involved with the BACC to promote specialty coffee in the Bay Area while expanding my understanding of the Bay Area coffee industry as a whole.  I also want to meet more awesome folks working in coffee!

Random fact. Favorite NON-Coffee Food/beverage Item: BROCCOLI!!!!!!!!!

david-valdez-bacc-socialSOCIAL EVENTS CO-CHAIR: DAVID VALDEZ

Barista, Pinhole Coffee & Grand Coffee

Why are you involved with BACC? Involved in the BACC because there’s nothing better than hanging out with coffee people geeking out on coffee. Plus, It’s been a while since the Bay to had a space to build a community amongst coffee professionals and I want to help in any way possible.

Random fact. Spirit Animal: Chupacabra

Social events co-chair: Bethany

BGA Member Since: 2014

Why are you involved with BACC? After benefitting massively from the volunteer efforts of other coffee pros, it’s time to give back to the community.

Random fact: Zodiac sign- I’m a Taurus and do what you want with that information!

Volunteer Recruitment & outreach coordinator: Mallory Leicht

Coffee & Retail Trainer, Blue Bottle Coffee

BGA member since: March 2011

Why are you involved with the BACC? To empower, support, and celebrate a thriving community of diverse coffee professionals who share the experience of working in coffee and living in the Bay Area.

Random fact: Favorite non-coffee food/beverage item is chocolate

bacc-ashleyEDUCATIONAL EVENTS CO-CHAIR: Ashley Rodriguez

BGA member since: 2012

Why are you involved with BACC? I’m involved with the BACC because I love the coffee community and I love to learn and I want to bring both of thee passions together.

Random Fact. Spirit Animal: The blow-up guy dancing around in front of car dealerships

Educational Events Co-Chair: Emily Dobies

Wholesale Trainer, Ritual Coffee Roasters

BGA member since: 2012

Why are you involved with the BACC? Specialty coffee is gaining popularity, but we still only make up a small percentage of the coffee industry. It’s important that we find cohesion and support amongst those in our industry to promote better quality in our workplace, as well as in the cup!

Random Fact. Zodiac sign: Oh girl, you know she’s a Leo

akaash-saini-sponsorshipSponsorship manager: Akaash Saini

Community Engagement / Coffee Educator, Equator Coffees & Teas

BGA member since: 2012

Why are you involved with BACC? A vibrant coffee community creates friends, opportunities, and education. 

Random Fact. Favorite NON-coffee beverage: Indian Chai 

Interested in sponsoring? Email us at sponsorship @ hellobacc . org

cris-mendoza-bacc-marketingMARKETING: Cris Mendoza

Barista, Saint Frank Coffee

BGA member since: 2014      

Why are you involved with BACC? My favorite aspect of coffee is its potential to connect people. I see being involved with the BACC is an excellent opportunity to help us as a whole grow in community, a network of relationships versus a few connections here & there. 

Random fact. Favorite NON-Coffee beverage = Corpse Reviver No. 2’s