Mat is the owner of Full Court Press – Speciality Coffee and has over a decade's experience working in the coffee industry. Starting off in Caffe Nero Mat has pretty much covered all roles on the roasted side of the business; barista, consumables sales, operations and finally a shop owner – landing him at his dream job. Two years ago Mat opened his specialist multi roaster coffee shop in the heart of Bristol's coffee scene where he can enjoy one of his favourite things the coffee industry brings; "The people you meet [are a favourite], every day brings something new"
James is the International Sales Manager for Beyond the Bean; looking after Asia and Australia. One of the main things that James likes about the coffee industry is the diversity in the product and the global connections it brings. Working in the coffee industry for the last 13 years, James started in a UK roaster in 2002, relocating to Dublin in 2006. James has also competed as a barista in the Scottish Barista Championships (1st) and UK finals twice, also judging the UKBC, Irish Barista Championships and the WBC since 2009. James also serves on the advisory board for World Coffee Events and SCAE.