COFFEE | John F. Weaver began roasting coffee in 1980, where he apprenticed directly under the late Mr. Alfred Peet and Mr. Sal Bonavita. John is one of the most accomplished coffee roasters and coffee and tea tasting experts alive today, having been trained by and still tasting with the worlds best. He has tasted thousands of green coffee buying samples over his 27-year tenure as a Master Roaster. As our Coffee Buyer, his skill at selecting, roasting and blending great coffees is at the specialty coffee industry's highest level. As Master Roaster, John roasts-to-order all of the coffees Wild Card Roasters offers today. The art of roasting and blending is a never-ending learning process. A skilled artisan, John roasts each lot of beans with its particular characteristics in mind, using temperature and timing to extract and preserve all of the inherent flavor and body each coffee has to offer. He then crafts all of our blends to our specific themes, each having a different taste profile all its own.
TEA | Early in Johnís career he had the privilege of learning the expertise of tea tasting and blending from Mr. Peet. John has cupped and compared thousands of tea samples over the years. This has exposed him to the myriad of choices the world's tea gardens have to offer. As our Tea Buyer, John has now re-immersed himself in the craft of selecting and blending extraordinary teas. Wild Card Roasters offers his favorite tea selections as well as tea blends in loose-leaf form.
Michael M. Brown has over twenty-one years of professional experience. He has held Senior Management positions within the fields of Domestic and International Retail Operations, International Franchise Operations, International Retail Business Development, Consumer Products Licensing, Sourcing and Manufacturing, Marketing, Advertising, Public Relations, Business Affairs and Legal. Michael worked for Warner Bros. Consumer Products for twelve years in Asia Pacific and the United States. As Vice President, International Retail Business Development, he directed all retail activities for Warner Bros. in Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Latin America. While living and working in Asia, he designed, developed and implemented new retail business models including Authorized Licensed Retail. Michael also has extensive experience in Domestic and International Retail Business Development, and Local Market Entry Management for US retail, consumer products and licensing companies that are looking to expand into overseas markets.
Bryce H. Inouye was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii and has over fifteen years of professional experience. He worked with Michael at Warner Bros. holding various leadership roles in the fields of Domestic/International Retail Operations, International Franchise Operations, Consumer Products International Licensing, Brand Marketing, and Retail Business Development. While there, Bryce also gained extensive experience in New Media, Advertising & PR, Business Affairs, and Sourcing/Manufacturing. Currently based in Tokyo, he maintains a network of relationships with major global entertainment companies, studios and IP holders as well as with international manufacturing and sourcing companies throughout Asia-Pacific. Over the past few years, Bryce has focused primarily on business development and local market entry management/consulting for companies looking to expand into Asia-Pacific.
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