Richard has been involved in coffee since 2006. Co-founding Flight Coffee, a Wellington-based specialty coffee roasting company in 2009, Richard now manages a sister company Raw Material, a specialty green coffee exporter, and importer working out of Colombia, Rwanda, and Burundi. He currently manages sales in New Zealand, Australia, Asia and the Middle East and manages projects in Africa with the goal to expand Raw Material’s sourcing.
Richard is a Licensed Q-Grader, has been a been involved in coffee competitions since 2011 and has been a WBC Certified Judge since 2013 and has been involved with the NZSCA for a number of years.
Competitions motivate Richard to continually excel and learn. He enjoys sharing information and experiences and sees competition is an important platform to advance and evolve the specialty coffee industry.