Alex Pond is the Education Manager for the Cup of Excellence (CoE). Alex instructs and drives the CoE's Sensory Education Training program (SET). Alex's passion as a trainer is to teach people how to fairly and accurately evaluate coffees using the CoE score sheet and methods of cupping. Alex teaches SET courses in English and has instructed on almost 20 different countries.
In 2005, Alex started in coffee working as a barista in his home town of Eugene, Oregon. In 2009 he competed in, and won, the Northwest Regional Barista Competition. Alex has had the honor of working guest barista shifts in Iceland and Sweden, and has volunteered for numerous national and international coffee events. In 2012 Alex joined the team at Portland’s Heart Coffee Roasters. Over the course of a nearly 6 years at Heart he worked his way from barista, to managing and leading their training department, to working in quality control and green buying.
Outside of coffee Alex enjoys traveling, experiencing Oregon’s incredible natural beauty, and cats. He is also a pretty good cook.
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