Kayd Whalen

Best coffee memory: The first time I tried Ethiopia coffee in 2005. I smell everything I eat and drink, and the aroma was so unique and amazing. I remember thinking, “Wow, this is coffee?”

Kayd spends most of her time drinking coffee, cupping coffee and talking about coffee. She was overjoyed to find a career in coffee when she joined Elan Organic Coffees in 2005—and was equally thrilled to join InterAmerican Coffee when it acquired Elan in 2008. She’s Q Certified, active in the SCA and CQI, and is on the Board of Directors for Food 4 Farmers.

Kayd’s dedication to quality, sustainability and long-term relationships with roasters and partnerships at origin can be felt through her upbeat, positive attitude and contagious enthusiasm for everything coffee related. And her energy doesn’t stop there—she is a mom of two little girls, manages her backyard garden full of organic vegetables and in her “free” time loves to play beach volleyball, snowboard, stand-up paddleboard and bike to work.

First concert
: Neil Diamond

Random fact: I snuck into a Rolling Stones concert in Utrecht in 2003. Rolled under the tour bus, walked backstage and everyone assumed I belonged! Amazing show, Forty Licks Tour.

Best place you ever went on a business trip: Santa Avelina, Guatemala

Profession you wanted to be when you were a kid: Lawyer

Favorite company outing or event: Team-building event kayaking with refugee youth — organized with the International Rescue Committee in San Diego!

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