Careers in coffee event


This informative evening, with guest speakers, aims to showcase some of the career possibilities and opportunities available in this exciting industry.

We hope that we can inspire people to approach the industry in a more professional way and consider it as a career path. We also want to encourage those who may be looking to take the next step to come along and have an opportunity to learn more in a relaxed environment.

The 2 hour evening will be broken into two parts – the first hour will be a quick career story from each speaker, with the second hour being an open floor discussion time for questions and interactions.

We will have 6 guests who are all very experienced and are currently working in the industry; See updated bios below.

This is a free event but please register your interest in attending at Eventbrite and please share this with friends and employees who you think would enjoy or benefit from this event.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Kim Boyd, David Huang and the Guild committee

Date: Tuesday 27 June  6:30pm – 8:30pm

Location: Cerebos Greggs Auditorium

Level 3, 2 Nuffield Street (entrance is corner of Remuera and Nuffield St)



Entry: FREE and open to all but you must register to attend>

Name: David Huang

Role: Owner/Operator of Black & Gold Eatery

Years in the Industry: 15

Go to coffee: Usually, its Ethiopian naturals, such as Yirgacheffe or Sidamo, although recently I have developed a love of the less-affordable Panama naturals!

Name: Masako Yamamoto

Role: Training Manager & Coffee Specialist

Years in the Industry: Over 10 years

Go to coffee: Anything that is balanced. Usually a filter but I like the occasional flat white or piccolo.

Name: Jonny Calder

Role: Sales & Marketing

Years in the Industry: 17 years since I started slinging’ chinos

Go to coffee: One that is served amongst great company. It would be an African for bonus points.

Name: Josh Olsen

Role: Head Roaster & Licensed Q Grader

Years in the Industry: 10 years in the cafe game, plus 6 years roasting

Go to coffee: Most naturals

Name: Dave Tobeck

Role: Technical Coordinator

Years in the Industry: 16 years working in a range of roles

Go to coffee: Long black!

Name: Ryan Mitchell

Role: Head of Food Service NZ

Years in the Industry: More than 10 years

Go to coffee: I love starting my day with an Orb Fair-trade coffee!