Working in coffee since 2003, Andrew has worked as a barista, trainer, cafe manager, multi-site cafe owner, green buyer, and head of coffee. He is a co-founder of 2 of London's early specialty cafe businesses - Taylor St Baristas and Harris+Hoole, with 55 sites between them at their height. Andrew oversaw the training program for both businesses where over 1000 baristas were trained to professional standards. He was also a part of the leadership team in each business, responsible for strategy and business development in all the areas relating to coffee.
Andrew has also trained his own curriculum in foundation and intermediate barista skills at the London School of Coffee.
Andrew is a certified Q grader since 2012. He is the 2015 UK cup tasting champion, and 2015 2nd place world tea brewing champion. As a founding member of the SCA Barista Guild, he was Chair during 2019 and on the SCA Board of Directors representing the Guild.
Judging experience: World certified sensory judge for brewer's cup and barista championsips from 2012 to 2017.
Current: SCA Board 2022-23
Developed and taught a intermediate level barista skills program
Supported the development and delivery of a unique curriculum for Taylor St Baristas and Harris + Hoole
Head of coffee, accountable for all things coffee in the business from coffee buying to quality to equipment, training and operations
Developed the coffee strategy, and oversaw implementation, barista training, and coffee operations across the 50 sites
Product manager and strategic advisor for the Simonelli Group focusing on the Coffee Knowledge Hub and supporting key accounts. Advisory roles and projects for Loop Coffee, Oro Molido, Tekoe Teas.
WCE sensory judge in Gothenburg and Dublin
WCE sensory judge in barista championships in Vienna, and Melbourne
As Chair of the BGE I supported the Working Group to develop the strategy for the BGE We worked closely with the BGA and agreed to merge the 2 guilds into the Barista Guild As the Chair I was on the Board of the SCA during my tenure
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