Allen Sasaki began his coffee career in 1980 with MJB, Co., a San Francisco based roasting company. He started in the marketing department, moved to green coffee buying then into general management where he served as Chief Operating Officer overseeing green coffee procurement, retail and foodservice sales, marketing and manufacturing. In 1985, after the sale of MJB to Nestle, Allen moved to the importing side with Lonray Coffee International. He joined the ECOM group in 1993 as Vice President of Atlantic (USA). In 1996, he founded Atlantic Specialty Coffee to represent ECOM specialty coffees throughout North America.
Allen served as President of the PCCA in 1990-1991 and remains as an active member today.
Tina’s coffee roots span back to 1981 when she joined Berard Trading, her father’s commercial coffee importing firm learning her craft in all capacities from quality control, logistics, marketing, purchasing, and sales. In 1992 she organized under Berard Corporation as its COO.
Tina Berard has served as vice president of Atlantic Specialty Coffee since its inception in 1996. She assists in the overall management, development, and direct of the company with special emphasis on trading sustainable coffees and the implementation of certification programs within the organization.
In Tina’s 28 years she’s been an active member of the National Coffee Association (NCA), a board member of The Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) and has served on various SCAA Committees. Tina is currently celebrating her fifth year as a board member of Grounds for Health, a non-profit organization bringing health care to women in coffee growing communities.
Adam Kline began his coffee career as a Barista at an Independent Coffee House in Cardiff –by-the –Sea, California in1995 (Miracles Cafe.) He earned a BS in Latin America Science at UC San Diego and speaks fluent Spanish. Adam was drawn to the coffee industry by the positive impact sustainable coffee production can have on various levels in and outside of the Industry. In 1999, he began his trading career working with a Sustainable Coffee importer in San Diego. He moved to the Bay Area in 2004 to work as a coffee trader specializing in sustainable coffees from Indonesia. He joined ASCI as a green coffee trader in 2007 and manages Sustainable certification programs.
Adam is a certified & licensed Q grader, a past Coffee Corp Volunteer, and a member of the CQI advisory council. He has won the Pacific Coast Coffee Association cupper of the year award and serves as the current Chair of the Sustainability Council for the Specialty Coffee Association of America.
Andi Trindle Mersch
Andi’s varied background within the specialty coffee industry began behind the espresso bar in 1989 and, since then, includes cupping, training/consulting, green coffee trading, roast quality control, sales, writing, and marketing. Andi currently directs the ASCI quality control lab and trades green coffee. Andi is a very active member of the industry, with extensive origin and teaching experience and volunteer contributions. She first volunteered with the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) in 1998 and has served on various committees ever since, including serving two terms on the Board of Directors, where she chaired the Professional Development Committee. She has published articles with Roast Magazine, the SCAA Chronicle, and Specialty Coffee Retailer, as well as contributed to Fresh Cup, Coffee & Cocoa International, and Coffee Talk. Andi served 5 years on the board of the International Women’s Coffee Alliance, including a one-year term as President.
Carolyn began her career in coffee as a Quality Assurance Tech with the Hills Bros Coffee Company in San Francisco. From the manufacturing side of the business, she transferred to the Commodities Group where she trained in Coffee Logistics. Her main areas of concern were the importing of green beans , coffee formulations and the daily scheduling of green coffees as needed by production to the SF and Arizona roasting facilities.
When Nestle Foods closed the San Francisco operation, she continued in the coffee industry. First at Knutsen Coffees Ltd., where she was introduced to “specialty coffees” under Erna Knutsen tutelage. She joined Atlantic Specialty Coffee Inc. in 1997 where she now serves as the Traffic Manager.
Delia is new to the world of Coffee. She came to Atlantic Specialty Coffee Ltd from the retail world and while her previous responsibilities included everything from advertising to tracking inventory , there has been a common thread with her attention to continuity and details. Her current responsibilities and learning curve involve an introduction to the world of specialty coffees and the procedures involved in the importing of coffee beans from all corners of the world to Atlantic Specialty Coffee Ltd.
Carlos arrived to Atlantic Specialty with a background in accounting. He currently serves as Atlantic Specialty’s Accounting/Inland Logistics specialist handling the Invoicing and Delivery Orders of ASCI coffees to the clients. He is also cross –training with the Logistics group in order to better serve ASCI clients. From invoicing to delivery order to setting up the actual transport of green beans from public warehousing to the client’s plant is Carlos’ area of expertise.
Erica joined the specialty coffee community when she joined Atlantic Specialty Coffee. Since joining ASCI as an part-time assistant in the quality control lab in 2009, Erica has since been promoted to QC Lab Coordinator. Erica is responsible for running our quality control operations on a daily basis, including responsibility for roasting, cupping facilitation, producer communications, and all inbound and outbound sample management.