Meet Our Team
Samuel Demisse founded Keffa Coffee in 2006. Samuel was born and raised in Ethiopia. His father was a coffee professional and taught Samuel about the industry at a young age. Samuel has competed in the United States Coffee Cup Tasters Championship. He placed 3rd in 2017 and 2015 and 2nd in 2013 and 2011. Samuel is a Licensed Q-Grader and an Assistant Q-Instructor.
Liz is our newest hire at Keffa! She has a lot of experience maintaining and monitoring project plans and expenditures. Her goal is to employ her knowledge and experience to meet
opportunity. She has a passion for coffee and looks forward to gaining knowledge of new skills and expertise in our industry. We are very excited to her on the team!
Ian is a recent graduate of Montgomery community college and now enrolled at the University of Maryland. He has been working in the coffee industry for four years and has picked up numerous skills both technical and professional. He always has a goal to learn as much as possible regardless of the type of job or situation he is put in.
Gary Maslan is a renaissance man. With extensive experience in a wide variety of legal fields, a wide range of social areas, and a wide variety of interests, Gary truly has the insight and knowledge to help Keffa’s legal need and business consultant since 2008. Gary has a vibrant sense of humor and wild wit for collecting antiques.
After studing Marketing management, Tsega joined her father. Mr. Melsesse was an agent in Addis Abeba for coffee importing company based in Germany over 25 years. She acquired great knowledge from her dad and trained in Germany to get a better insight of the processes involved from the importers side. In 2017, she joined Keffa coffee and is currently working as Quality control, sourcing great coffee and follow up the sorting before it ships out from Ethiopia. She is Certified Q grader and continuing her father’s legacy , working in the coffee industry. A mother of a beautiful daughter and a wife.
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