Coffee and Technology Podcast

Coffee and Technology Podcast

Norbert Niederhauser and Nick Castellano bring you the Coffee and Technology Podcast where they discuss all things coffee and technology. Norbert is the co-founder of Cropster and brings a wealth of knowledge on coffee tech. Nick is a part of the marketing team at Cropster and has spent countless months learning directly from coffee professionals at origin. Both are passionate about humanizing technology for all coffee professionals and making technology accessible for all to use!

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October 11, 2021 61 min

Gregory Ward of Bridge City Coffee joins us on this episode of the Coffee & Technology podcast. Bridge City is a coffee shop and coffee roaster in Greenville, South Carolina that focuses on building community through quality coffee and employment opportunities. Greg is also a founder of the Bridge Fund, which provides financial support for his employees related to health, transportation, housing, and education. Greg gives us an...

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Coffee subscriptions and virtual coffee tastings are becoming more and more popular among coffee consumers. Suyog Mody, a founder of Driftaway Coffee, tells his story on why he started a subscription model coffee business and his successes of offering virtual tastings throughout the pandemic. And for all of our data gurus, Norbert and Suyog outline the importance of data collection, data management, and data privacy when creating a...

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It’s with great pleasure to speak with the famous George Howell on this episode of Cropster’s coffee and technology podcast. George is a true pioneer and progressive of the specialty coffee industry that dates back to the 1970s. George has been at the forefront of every major industry shift to better the coffee industry and has revolutionized the way we approach many parts of the industry, especially freezing coffee! Grab your coff...

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Albert is a Senior Vice President of Trading at StoneX. Stone X is a financial services company and is among one of the largest commission commodity houses in the world. Albert’s expertise spans across commodity brokerage in the commodity futures markets. Albert brings a wealth of financial knowledge into the coffee industry and has spent a lot of time educating coffee professionals around the world on futures trading and hedging i...

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In the 21st century, company culture and work/life balance are front and center of the coffee and tech sectors. And now with remote work and other life changes because of the covid-19 pandemic, the way we approach and navigate our work environment is important now more than ever. Nick and Norbert discuss what it means to have a healthy company culture and what it takes for businesses/leaders to strengthen and define their company c...

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Marcus Young is the Demand Generation Manager at Cropster where develops content, events, and educational programs. He is a certified Q-Grader, an authorized SCA trainer, and has over 15 years of industry experience. During his time with Sustainable Harvest, he was based in Rwanda sourcing E. African coffees and developing a market for coffee in Rwanda. Marcus brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this episode. With Marcus...

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July 19, 2021 30 min

QR codes have been around for quite some time and still have more potential for real-life application, especially in the coffee industry. Norbert and Nick give a brief history on QR codes, where they are today, and where they will be in the future. They'll also apply this understanding and explore the role of QR codes in the specialty coffee industry.

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Geoff Watts is a pioneer and an early adopter of the specialty coffee movement. With over 25 years of industry experience as a barista, roaster, Q-grader, green coffee buyer, and educator, Geoff is the father of what we know as the Direct Trade model. Throughout his career he has served on the boards of the Coffee Roasters Guild (Chairman), the Alliance for Coffee Excellence (Chairman), and now works on different sustainability and...

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In this episode of the Coffee and Technology Podcast, Nick and Norbert discuss the idea of the network in coffee and how tech can effectively connect those networks from seed to cup. Norbert tells us that this idea was always at the forefront of Cropster's vision and explains why this holistic idea is extremely important for the future of sustainable coffee trading.  As part of the digitalization of the coffee industry, Nick an...

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June 14, 2021 45 min

Today, we’ll be speaking with our first guest, Ricardo Pereira, who is the COO at Ally Coffee. Ally Coffee is a green coffee company connecting roasters with specialty coffees sourced through sustainable partnerships. We’ll touch on Traceability from the importer’s perspective and discuss how technology plays a role in that part of the supply chain. Cropster is a cloud-based solution that helps importers and all coffee professional...

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June 14, 2021 43 min

In our next episode, we’ll discuss how tech can empower the coffee industry along with insights Norbert gained from introducing Cropster tech to coffee professionals in Colombia. Cropster has grown from a producer solution to a cloud based solution from origin to cafe since those days. Norbert brings more insight and a deep knowledge of what can be achieved for the future.

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June 14, 2021 42 min

In our first episode, we’ll introduce Nick and Norbert as well as discuss Cropster’s origins from founding 7-years ago to becoming a tech leader in coffee today. Cropster has grown from a producer solution to a cloud based solution from origin to cafe since Cropster’s beginnings. Norbert brings an insightful and deep knowledge of what we can achieve.

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