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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.

Andrew has developed a multi-day course on how to start and operate a cafe business for the Simonelli Knowledge Hub, applying his professional experience to help people create and improve their coffee businesses.

Teaching experience

London School of Coffee

2009-2012
Intermediate

Developed and taught a intermediate level barista skills program

Barista, Brewing, and sensory skills

2006-2019
beginner to professional levels

Supported the development and delivery of a unique curriculum for Taylor St Baristas and Harris + Hoole

Professional experience

Head of Coffee

2006-2019
@ Taylor St Baristas

Head of coffee, accountable for all things coffee in the business from coffee buying to quality to equipment, training and operations

Director of Coffee

2012-2015
@ Harris+Hoole

Developed the coffee strategy, and oversaw implementation, barista training, and coffee operations across the 50 sites

Director

2019-Present
@ Tolley Coffee and Tea

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.

World Brewers Cups Sensory Judge

2013-2016
@ Specialty Coffee Association

WCE sensory judge in Gothenburg and Dublin

World Barista Championship Sensory Judge

2011-2016
@ Specialty Coffee Association

WCE sensory judge in barista championships in Vienna, and Melbourne

Chair - Barista Guild Of Europe

2018-2018
@ Specialty Coffee Association

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

Board Director

2022-2023
@ Specialty Coffee Association

Education

Bachelor of Science and Business, majors Env.Sci and Finance

University Technology Sydney June 1, 4

Certifications

No certifications have been added yet.

Completed Courses

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Technical expertise

Mythos One

Coffee Grinder
Operator Skilled Operator Technician

Victoria Arduino White Eagle

Espresso Machine
Operator Skilled Operator Technician

Victoria Arduino Black Eagle

Espresso Machine
Operator Skilled Operator Technician

Nuova Simonelli Appia Life

Espresso Machine
Operator Skilled Operator Technician

Coffee interests and passions

Barista
Business
Green coffee
Roasting
Science
Sensory
Sustainability
Technical

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