Maurico is passionate about coffee and the science behind it. He started with ECOM in 1997 in his native Costa Rica where he grew up surrounded by coffee plantations and mills. After experiencing the origin side of the supply chain and to complement his training, he joined Atlantic USA New York as a Coffee Merchant in 1999. He returned to Costa Rica to accept the role of Commercial Director at Cafinter and be part of the leadership team. Mauricio joined Atlantic Specialty as the Managing Director in July 2017 and chairs the ECOM Specialty Committee. He is the father of three lovely boys, and with is wife Victoria they enjoy outdoor activities in Northern California.
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.
Rob started in coffee working for an NGO in his native Washington DC focusing on development programs for coffee growing communities in Central America. While working on a grant proposal through the ECOM Foundation he became more interested in the impact of the trading and supply chain side of the coffee industry and in Fall 2012 accepted a position at Atlantic USA LLC, ECOM’s east coast importing and trading office. After training in New York for a year he spent time in Guatemala working for ECOM’s export operation learning about the various sustainable programs, milling & processing, and cupping. Upon his return to New York he managed all sustainable sourcing and programs for Atlantic USA. In December 2016 he was excited to move across country and accept a position as a Trader at Atlantic Specialty.
Tim has been in the coffee industry since 2002, starting as a barista and then doing pretty much every job possible on the roasting side of the business. The last decade Tim has been focused on purchasing green coffee and setting up supply chains, particularly in East Africa. Tim Co-authored the book, A Reference Guide to Ethiopian Coffee Varieties, a book that shed great insight on one of the most complex coffee origins in the world. Tim came to Atlantic Specialty Coffee in 2018 and is our first remote employee working on the East Coast. Tim‘s role is part trader, part buyer, and part quality developer- focused on developing our East Coast presence and offerings.
Eton has spent more than half his life in the Specialty Coffee industry. Starting as a Barista in high school and working in coffee through his cello performance education, he has always been at the forefront of the industry. After experiencing nearly all roles in the roasted side of the business from competition Barista and educator to roasting, sourcing and Director of Coffee, he decided to further round out his coffee career as many do, by working backwards in the supply chain.
Eton made the jump and joined Atlantic Specialty in April 2018 as our Green Coffee Specialist. Applying his nearly 20 years of experience, Eton spends most of his time in our lab, working closely with our trade team to further develop our coffee quality, consistency, and relationships with origin suppliers and roaster clients alike.
In the rare occasion when Eton isn’t immersed in something coffee centric, look for him in the mountains or meandering through local farmers markets and thinking whats for dinner.
Operations and Finance
Emi joined ASCI in March 2013 as Vice President of Operations and Finance. Her coffee education began in 1998 in Mexico on the export side after she graduated from Wellesley College. She started out by helping receive coffees into the mill, learning to cup, and eventually worked her way up to a trader role. Since returning to the States in 2002, she’s had the opportunity to have roles in several departments (usually at the same time) including quality control, logistics, trading and finance. Emi served on the Board of Directors for the PCCA 2011/12. She is fluent in Spanish. Outside of the office, Emi can be found sipping wine, being trained by her cat, or training for that next half marathon.
Delia joined the Atlantic Specialty Coffee Inbound Logistics Team in 2009. Prior to joining ASCI, she worked in importing and merchandising menswear and shoes. Importing coffee from so many origins around the world is complex and challenging. Every time a container of coffee lands – and the arrival is approved – it is no small victory!
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.
Erich has spent over 20 years in the Specialty Coffee industry . He has been a Barista, Retail Manager, Packager, Roaster, Wholesale Trainer, Head of Coffee, Start Up Consultant, and Brewers Cup Competitor — having worked in Las Vegas, San Francisco, Portland, Denver, Seattle–he has found his way back to California to be in the Bay Area with us.
Erich is responsible for helping with our quality control operations on a daily basis, including roasting, evaluation, producer communications, and inbound sample management. Ongoing his focus will be Quality Control and Education.
When Erich isn’t living his coffee dream life, he likes to hike, read, play the ukulele, and spend time with his family.
Erica joined the specialty coffee community when she joined Atlantic Specialty Coffee. Since joining ASCI as a part-time assistant in the quality control lab in 2009, Erica has since been promoted to Coffee Lab Manager. Erica is responsible for running our quality control operations on a daily basis, including roasting, cupping facilitation, customer communications, and all outbound sample management.