The Team/L’équipe

The ECCM includes seven volunteers. They are all active at different levels in the Quebec and Ontario specialty coffee scenes.

Le ECCM comprend sept bénévoles. Ils sont tous actifs à différents niveaux dans le scène québécoise et ontarienne du café spécialisé.

Bianca Lavoie

Co-founder and ECCM Communications Director

Bianca is recognized in the community as more than a true coffee enthusiast: first as the founder and principle blogger of the website Café French Toast, and now as a graphic designer consultant also specialized in the specialty coffee industry. Since 2012, she has been promoting the local coffee scene and shining the spotlight on its artisans; she makes it her mission. In October 2014, she organized the Montreal debut of A Film About Coffee at ExCentris Cinema. The event was a great success. Bianca loves communication and collaboration: with her professional graphic designer background, her Masters in Management, her great motivation and dedication, she is a core member of the ECCM.

Sam Mazzella

Sam Mazzella

ECCM Interim CEO and Logistics Director

Sam has a long term love affair with coffee. He was an apprentice barista at the age of 7 years old in his father’s restaurant in Little Italy and has worked in more coffee houses than he can remember. In 2011, Sam started importing and selling green coffee with RGC. He is privileged to work with many individuals from ‘seed to cup’ and is constantly searching for the perfect ‘God Shot’ of espresso!

Chris Capell

Chris Capell

Co-founder and ECCM Director of Administration

Chris is one of the original baristas of the progressive coffee scene in Montreal. In 2008, he was fortunate enough to be the first employee hired at the groundbreaking Café Myriade, where received an intensive training from then-owners, Anthony Benda and Scott Rao. He has since worked as a consultant and trainer for many Montreal cafés and restaurants, eventually opening his own establishment, Le Couteau in March of 2012. He is now the owner and one of the teachers of the Montreal Coffee Academy (ACM/MCA). Methodical and rigorous by nature, he instills a point blank sense of direction to the project.

Liam Robichaud

Liam Robichaud

Co-founder and ECCM Logistics Co-director

Hailing originally from the West Coast and with a background in jazz improvisation, Liam is a bit of a wild card. Once head barista at Art Café in Montreal, he’s now Director of Coffee at Kittel Atelier de café thus no stranger to specialty coffee industry. In 2014, he participated in his first competition, taking home 2nd place in the Eastern Regional Barista Championship and competiting at the national in Toronto. Liam’s knack for problem solving and his boundless enthusiasm is a boon and a resource not to be neglected.

Jerome Grenier-Desbiens

Jerome Grenier-Desbiens

Co-founder, ECCM Programming Director

Active in the industry since 2012, Jérôme is among others, the head roaster and one of the three co-founders behind Structure Roasters. In 2014, he obtained his Q Grader license, the most recognized industry certification. Other involvements include competitons and judging experience at regional and national levels as well as a fellowship at Re:CO symposium Gothenburg. As the initiator of the event, Jérôme brings a large network of contacts and will to succeed.

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Cliff Hansen

Cliff Hansen

Co-founder and ECCM Workshops Director

Cliff is the Head Roaster at Bridgehead Coffee in Ottawa. He has a great deal of experience with competitions, both in front and behind the scenes, all the way back to 2009. He’s done it all: from competing at the Canadian National Barista Championship in Vancouver (two times) to winning the first place at the Finals of the 2013 Eastern Regional Barista Championship in Victoriaville. His expertise as the Head Judge of the 2013 Brewers Cup and last year as an organizer, made him the ideal candidate to be our Director of Competitions.

Mathieu Carrier

Mathieu Carrier

ECCM Operations Director

Mathieu has been a coffee enthusiast for two decades and started making a living of it in 2009. Beginning as a barista for several coffee shops in this city, then competing at the National Barista Championship and eventually working general manager at 49th Parallel Coffee Roasters in Vancouver. That position brought him the opportunity to upgrade his skills as a leader, coffee trainer and consultant, and now the Retail Operations and Production Planning Manager of Structure Roasters, and one of its three co-founders . His expertise and desire to gather the coffee community make him a strong asset to the team.