Andrew learned the coffee trade from the ground up, beginning at age 19. Back then he worked in the warehouse unloading containers and delivering coffee. It was when he did his first sample roast and cupping that he knew he was hooked and fell in love with coffee. He went on to implement cupping room quality controls and eventually sourcing, buying and selling coffees. In 2002 Andrew founded Vournas Coffee Trading and his quest to source the world’s best coffee has taken him to 38 countries and counting. He takes pride in the success of his retail and wholesale roasters by helping to establish their businesses, providing market insight, sourcing origins and developing custom blends.
Andrew also enjoys working with our producing partners and collaborates with growers and mill operators to improve the quality of their coffee, and supports non-profit organizations that focus on providing supplies, training and assistance programs to farmers and their families. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Pacific Coast Coffee Association and is currently Executive VP which will be followed by 2 years as President. He has spoken on numerous panels, also performed as an international juror and cupping judge for Cup of Excellence competitions in Bolivia and Colombia.
Favorite quote: “The only easy day was yesterday.” – Navy Seal Philosophy
Favorite coffee: Fair Trade Organic Papua New Guinea AX
One thing we would be surprised to know about him: He is a rabid USC Football Fan
What he loves to do for fun: Travel off the grid, skiing, BBQ Master Chef, avid runner, and spends time with family & friends.
Andrew can be reached at our office at 805.379.5252 or by email at email@example.com