Founded in 1992, Coffee Enterprises is an independent company providing consulting services, business intelligence, and laboratory technical services for coffee & tea products.
As business and technical consultants we avoid competing with our clients: We do not manufacture or sell coffee & tea: we test coffee & tea. Our team specializes in the evaluation and improvement of coffee & tea programs throughout the global supply chain from producers and traders, to roasters and private-label brands, including foodservice, retail and single-cup products.
Our staff members have managed farm-to-cup coffee business, have diverse scientific backgrounds, written articles for leading trade and consumer journals, made numerous public appearances, instructed classes on coffee sensory analysis and quality testing topics, appeared on radio and TV, and served as expert witnesses in legal proceedings.
The staff has extensive experience in all aspects and stages of the coffee & tea business, from buying and roasting to retail operations. Our staff members have earned many industry credentials and certifications including: Licensed Q-Graders, Golden Cup Brewing Technician, Certified Roasters, Certified Coffeetasters, Certified Tea Tasters, Certified SCA Instructors, We have judged many competitions including: The Cup of Excellence, the United States Barista Championship, Roaster of the Year, and SCA Best New Products.
Professional development for our staff members includes travel to coffee producing countries, training seminars at coffee & tea industry conferences, and regular participation in sensory panels for alignment and calibration.
We don’t manufacture or sell coffee and tea, we help you manage quality.
Coffee Enterprises founder Dan Cox started his career in coffee at a start-up coffee roasting company in 1981. For the next decade, he held numerous positions in coffee organizations from retail clerk to VP and junior partner.
In 1992 he was named the Specialty Coffee Association of America’s “Man of the Year” and received the Distinguished Service Award. During the same year, Dan founded Coffee Enterprises and officially added Coffee Analysts in 1994. In 2012 Dan received the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Specialty Coffee Association recognizing his contributions to the specialty coffee industry
Dan is the President of Coffee Analysts and continues to offer senior tasting expertise as a Licensed Q-Grader. Dan holds a BA from Norwich University and served as a Captain in the US Army.
Spencer began his coffee career in 1994 as a Barista/Café Manager and first roasted coffee in 1995. His management experience includes coffee quality testing and product development, green coffee sourcing and trading, retail marketing, menu development and barista training. He has traveled to coffee producing countries, touring farms and mills, sourcing the world’s finest coffees.
Spencer is Chairman of the Technical Standards Committee of the Specialty Coffee Association of America, a member of Technical & Regulatory Affairs Committee of the National Coffee Association and the Editorial Advisory Board for ROAST Magazine. He is a founding member of the Roasters Guild and served on the first Executive Council. Spencer is a frequent presenter and instructor at trade conferences, and has published articles on coffee topics in trade and consumer magazines, assisted book authors on coffee industry topics. He is an experienced coffee competition judge including Cup of Excellence, the United States Barista Championship, and the first Q Auction program.
Spencer is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Johnson & Wales University, earning degrees in Culinary Arts and Foodservice Management. Spencer is Licensed Q Grader, SCAA Certified Lead Instructor. SCAA Certified Golden Cup Technician, Roasters Guild Certified Coffee Roaster, SCAA Certified Coffee Taster and in 2015 received the “Outstanding Contribution to the Association Award” from the Specialty Coffee Association of America.
Prior to his time at Coffee Enterprises, Vincent worked as a research technician studying the pathways of taste at Penn State’s College of Medicine. His graduate work explored the intricacies of taste signaling and mechanisms for altering taste preferences. Mr. Caloiero also has industry experience working for confectioners Lake Champlain Chocolates and Reese’s.
Vincent is a Licensed Q Grader, a SCAA Certified Golden Cup Technician, a SCAA Certified Lead Instructor and a member of the SCAA Coffee Taster Pathway Committee.
Vincent has an unrelenting passion for all things culinary and is an avid golfer, home-brewer, and beer and wine collector. When not in the kitchen, he enjoys playing the guitar, Nordic skiing, and hiking with his Maremma Sheepdog.
Christine Hibma is the Office Manager and has been with Coffee Enterprises since 2000. She is a graduate of the University of Vermont and lives in South Burlington.
David is a native Vermonter who joined the Coffee Enterprises Sensory Team in 2001. Prior to joining Coffee Enterprises, he traded world commodity futures, including coffee contracts, for a private investor in Boston. David then moved to Monterey Bay in California for several years before returning to Vermont in 1990. After attending the SCAA in Boston in 2003, David began doing more extensive work at Coffee Enterprises. He continues to gain much knowledge and experience sorting green coffee from origin & cupping coffee daily. He regularly sample roasts greens on our Jabez Burns & Sons sample roasters for evaluation in our cupping room. In November, 2005 he successfully completed 3 SCAA Skill Building Workshops for Roasting, Brewing Fundamentals & Comparative Cupping. He is also a Certified Brewing Technician. In January 2006, David joined a group of people on a Coffee Harvest Tour as guests of the Specialty Coffee Association of El Salvador. David spends time on the weekends with his family and his woodworking endeavors or in Montreal, just an hour and a half away. After all these years, he remains steadfast to a cup of Indonesian PNG (Papua New Guinea) coffee.
Holding a bachelor’s degree in biology, Karen’s career path shifted from analytical chemistry in the environmental field to the beverage industry. Karen has expertise in coffee & tea quality control and product development. As a true problem solver at heart, she thrives on identifying key control points and creating the means for process improvement. Karen is a SCA Certified Roaster, Specialty Tea Institute Certified Level II Taster, and is working to complete her Q Grader Arabica License.
Peter is a graduate of Sterling College and a is Vermont resident. He gained practical knowledge in laboratory techniques from previous work experience in a variety of scientific fields, ranging from limnology to pharmaceuticals. Having joined the quality control team with no prior coffee background, Peter is now a key member of the Physical Testing branch of Coffee Enterprises.
Coffee culture became an intense interest for Tobin early on in her life, and has grown into a serious passion and commitment. Having worked at a number of local cafés, she has been involved in the continuous development and evolution of Vermont coffee culture for the last four years. When she’s not tasting, making, testing, or talking coffee, she likes to perform on stage and trains professionally as a vocalist. Tobin is a recent graduate of Burlington College with an AF degree in Film and Cinematography.
From a young age Stephen has been in love with coffee and tea and believes them to be indispensable accompaniments to music, literature, and life. While earning a BS in Environmental Geochemical Science at SUNY New Paltz, Stephen worked as a behavioral technician, musician. He also worked as an arborist and conducted research in mathematics and ecology. When Stephen isn’t at work or trying to build upon his knowledge of coffee and tea, he enjoys canoeing, bicycling, running, reading, and musical pursuits.