Consulting & Analysis for Coffee & Tea Since 1992
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About Us

Protecting Your Investments in Coffee & Tea Quality Since 1992

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. 



Dan Cox

Founder & President

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. In 2012 Dan received the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Specialty Coffee Association recognizing his contributions to the specialty coffee industry

Dan is the founder & President of Coffee Enterprises and continues to offer senior tasting expertise as a Licensed Q-Grader. Dan earned a BA from Norwich University and served as a Captain in the US Army.

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Spencer Turer

Vice President

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. He has traveled over 30 times to coffee producing countries, touring farms and mills, sourcing the world’s finest coffees.

Spencer is a Licensed Q Grader, and is an active volunteer in the coffee industry, serving the Specialty Coffee Association, the National coffee Association, the Green Coffee Association, and the American society of Testing & Materials in volunteer leadership positions. He is founding member of the Roasters Guild (now Coffee Roasters Guild). A respected writer and technical editor, Spencer is a member of the Editorial Advisory Boards for both ROAST Magazine and Tea & Coffee Trade Journal. He is regular reference source and an industry “insider” for the news media and academic researchers.

Spencer is a graduate of Johnson & Wales University, earning degrees in Culinary Arts & Foodservice Management. Spencer was honored by the Specialty Coffee Association of America with the “Outstanding Contribution to the Association Award” and received the Patron Award for extraordinary volunteer leadership.

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Vincent Caloiero

Laboratory Manager, Sensory Specialist

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

Office Manager

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.

Karen Sauther

Senior Technologist, Sensory Specialist

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, Golden Cup Technician, and Coffee Taster. She is a Specialty Tea Institute Certified Level II Taster, and CQI Licensed Q Arabica Grader.

Peter Montane


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.

Lauren Deitsch


Lauren comes to Coffee Enterprises with product development and quality assurance expertise in the chocolate confectionery and candy making industry. She holds an AOS Baking & Pastry Degree from The Culinary Institute of America, is HACCP certified, a Preventative Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI), and a Specialty Tea Institute Certified Level 2 Taster.

She is a self-described food nerd and is endlessly curious and passionate about all things culinary. She thrives on learning, growing, and applying her knowledge and experience in the food and beverage industry.  

When Lauren isn’t working in the lab, she greatly enjoys cooking, baking, reading, biking, running, gardening, hiking, and traveling.

Stephen Welter

Laboratory Technician

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 and a 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 music.

Stephen is a Licensed Q Grader and member of our sensory panel.”

Tobin Jordan

Laboratory Technician

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’s coffee culture. 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. Tobin is a SCA Certified Golden Cup Technician and a Specialty Tea Institute Certified Level II taster.


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Coffee Enterprises remains open for business and is ready complete testing and technical projects.  The safety and health of our staff is our top priority. Due to the COVID-19 virus pandemic we have implemented extraordinary protocols for the safety and health of our co-workers.  As a result, there will be delays in issuing analysis reports.  The accuracy and integrity of our data collections and reporting will not be impacted by our sanitizing and personal distancing. Please do not hesitate to contact us directly with any questions at +1-802-864-5760 or