who we are

about
the quest

The Coffee Quest is a green coffee importer with a European office in Amsterdam and a North American office in New Orleans, Louisiana. Our supply network extends across Latin America and Africa, with sister companies in Medellín (Colombia) and Varginha (Brazil).

We focus on supplying high quality “Coffee with Added Value”, finding only coffees that fit our customer proposition: Traceability, Collaboration and Quality.

Our Quest is to connect Growers with Roasters and Consumers. We want to create a world where all coffee is sustainably priced.

“Connect 500.000 Growers to 5000 Roasters by 2030”

values

our
proposition

Transparency 
Only traceable products and supply chains. This includes insight into People, Price, Product, Planet.

Collaboration
Growers and Roasters can participate in any point in the chain. Choose for a relationship with other stakeholders for impact and experiences.

Quality
We only deal in coffee with added value on the quality level, scoring at least 81+ points up to 90+ on the SCA protocol.

Meet the team

Michiel Lampers

SALES & FINANCE EUROPE

At the Agricultural University of Wageningen I studied rural development sociology and worked for cooperatives and growers. I fell in love with the developing World, and wanted to get more involved in helping rural communities with sustainable development. 

My first experience with coffee was on a trip to Zimbabwe, where I did research back in 2009.Through the years, I specialized in the commercial and financial side of the business. My sourcing network involves our African Origins, and I support work for some Central American ones.

I love to identify needs and develop business for our Origin Partners, I believe the key is to provide added value for our Roasting partners.

Together we stand at the frontier of Coffee Traceability, Collaboration and Quality. And that my friends, is something I’m proud of, and thankful for every day I get to work with you!

My coffee journey started in Nicaragua, where I was taken in by the Peralta Family, working at the local Dry Mill, but slipping into the cupping room as much as possible. After Central America I ended up in Rwanda to support a local exporter trading low grade coffee.

First-hand seeing underpaid workers processing large quantities of low quality beans. Unfortunately the majority of the sector is shaped like this. This was the real coffee school. Who would have known?! I ended up doing exactly what I studied for with Supply chain Management and Entrepreneurship.

I love the different personalities in our Team that have a similar interest in specialty coffee, valuing transparent and personal trade. My family comes from a background in Academics, I kept the same interest, but prefer practical implementation. I’m able to develop my passion in cupping coffee lots as Q-grader, but overall it’s all about helping the fellow entrepreneur on both sides of the ocean.

friso miguel spoor

OPERATIONS & QUALITY CONTROL EUROPE

Elisabeth Volant

SOCIAL & ACCOUNT MANAGEMENT EUROPE

My coffee epiphany happened tasting an Ethiopian Yirgacheffe Natural while I was doing an internship at the Parisian Roaster L’Arbre à Café.  As soon as I finished my master in Geography of Food Cultures, I moved to the Netherlands in 2016 and decided that a happy job, means good coffee around me! The first person to answer to my letters and resumes was Michiel, who just started to work together with Friso and Ronald.

Being a part of a growing company is an amazing challenge: combining a quality products and structuring new projects; and most of all a fair collaboration with the participants of the coffee chain!

In this rich environment, I specialized in Account Management and Sales. Finding coffee lots, matching roaster’s needs and transmitting quality with added value. Thát is my mission. This key position makes me meet passionate people from various cultures and backgrounds and thus understand each participant’s work and challenges of the coffee chain. In our Team my goal is to implement a smoother, stronger collaboration through innovative ways.

join us - careers

Sales & account management

Our team is never complete. Although we don’t have an open position right now, we are always looking for ambitious coffee professionals with a modern look on specialty coffee and a social heart to work with us from our Office in Amsterdam, or remotely from any EU-based location.

Please send us your CV, Cover letter, Idea or Proposal for Collaboration in sales and account management to hr@thecoffeequest.com

Internship: IT & Customer Journey

Map the customer journey and support the implementation of our new IT system.

Send your resumé and motivation letter (pdf) to hr@thecoffeequest.com

Internship: Quality assistant

Join us for 2020 and dive into green coffee quality. Coffee geeking all the way!

Send your resumé and motivation letter (pdf) to hr@thecoffeequest.com

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