Dan Cox

Daniel C. Cox, Owner and President of Coffee Enterprises

Dan began his career in coffee at a start-up coffee roasting company, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, in 1981. His passion for excellent coffee began at GMCR, and he held numerous positions there, including retail clerk, roaster, street sales, culminating as VP and junior partner.

In the mid 1980’s Dan volunteered his talents and was elected as President of the International Coffee Development Group and was then elected as the only three-term President of the Specialty Association of American 1985-88. In 1992, Dan was named “Man of the Year” and received the Distinguished Service Award from the Specialty Coffee Association of America.

Dan created Coffee Enterprises in 1992, and expanded with Coffee Analysts in 1994. Coffee Enterprises was created to be the administrative company for Coffee Extracts & Ingredients as well as Coffee Analysts. High level strategic coffee consulting and expert legal defense projects are two of the main products.

Coffee Analysts is the largest independent coffee testing facility in the United States. Primarily concerned with physical, chemical and sensory analysis of all types of coffee in any form, Coffee Analysts is recognized as the leader in this field with clients ranging from multinationals to small coffee companies.

In 2003 he was elected Chairman of the Board of the prestigious Coffee Quality Institute, which is comprised of thirteen trustees from four countries.

In June 2005, Dan was a featured speaker at the International Coffee Organization’s annual meeting (London) where he was the first American to present a topic since the US re-joined the organization after a 13-year hiatus. Also in June 2005 Dan gave the keynote address to the Canadian Coffee Association’s annual convention in Toronto, Canada.

In January 2007, Dan passed the Q Grader coffee exam given by the Coffee Quality Institute in Long Beach, California. Q Graders must pass a rigorous exam to earn their license, comprising of 22 sections on coffee related subjects, such as green grading, roast identification, coffee cupping, sensory skills and sensory triangulation.

He was elected the first President of the Board of Advisors for the non-profit organization, Coffee Kids.

Dan has traveled to numerous coffee growing countries and has led international tours to coffee estates in Africa, Central America, Hawaii, and Jamaica. In 1995, he was a featured presenter at the World Coffee and Cocoa Symposium in Venice, Italy, and was a speaker at the Coffee and Tea Presentations in Vienna, Austria. In December of 1997, Dan was the featured speaker at Cafe Colombia in Bogota. In 2004, Dan traveled to Guatemala, where he gave a presentation to the XV Guatemalan National Coffee Congress on trends and new products in the coffee industry. While there, he was interviewed by the BBC and appeared on the “Good Morning Guatemala” radio program. Recently Dan was the feautured speaker at the Takasago Symposium in Tokyo, Japan. In February 2009, Dan traveled to Kigali, Rwanda, where he gave a presentation to the East African Fine Coffee Association.

In 1996 Dan co-founded Grounds for Health, a non-profit organization with the mission of providing health care services, specifically cervical cancer screening clinics, to women in coffee producing areas. To date, over 15,000 women have been treated.

Over the past 30 years, Dan has been involved in virtually all aspects of the coffee trade through positions he has held at major coffee companies. He has established an international reputation as a source of information on consumer trends, pricing, marketing, and product handling right from the source through wholesale and retail channels. He is one of a few authorities on coffee legal matters, acting as an expert witness. In part through articles he has written for leading trade and consumer journals, along with numerous public appearances, Dan has achieved a high level of recognition and respect throughout the coffee industry. He has conducted “How to Cup Coffee” seminars at the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in New York. He has been interviewed frequently on National Public Radio and television (FOX and ABC), and has acted as a consultant for coffee-related articles appearing in USA Today, Business Week, The Chicago Tribune and other national publications. Finally, Dan is an avid wine, cigar and Harley Davidson/Porsche enthusiast who has been featured at the Wine Spectator’s “Wine Weekend” and the Cigar Aficionado’s “Big Smoke” events.

Dan holds a BA from Norwich University and served as a Captain in the US Army. He has EMT ambulance training and is a competitive racquetball player. He lives in Shelburne, Vermont, with is wife Casey, and has one daughter.

Send email to dancox@coffee-ent.com