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Sweetwater Crew

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General Manager: Sales & Customer Service - Tina Adkins

What drew you to the coffee industry?

In 2009, while my daughter worked at Sweetwater, I would come and pick up my new grandson for a few hours a week. Hearing her talk about the farmers, the essence of coffee, seeing the roasting process and meeting Tripp Pomeroy, learning more about it with every visit, I knew I had found a long lasting personal relationship with coffee and all that comes with it.

What's your favorite coffee?

Moka Java Viennese Roast is my go to, top of the list, favorite! My least favorite and this may sound biased is anything other than Sweetwater. I just recently visited our trading partners in Pangoa, Peru. Ahhhhhhhmazing and I am looking forward to going back to learn more and sharing my knowledge.

What do you do outside of Sweetwater Coffee?

Spending as much time as I can with my 2 grandsons, Leathem(6) and Brantley(2 ½).

Photographing everything I can while traveling the countryside on my Harley Davidson 883 sportster. Music festivals and events, I’m always looking for the next adventure. I enjoy introducing our coffee and sharing this coffee world to unsuspecting family and friends.

How many cups of coffee do you consume a day?

The question is how many cups of coffee consume me in a day.   I start at home with that first freshly brewed pot of java that tides me over for the 7 minute drive to work, where I sip that Sweetwater brew all day long.

What's your daily driving force?

Every day is a learning experience in the world of coffee and knowing that just a part of what I do contributes to everyone I come in contact with.

Favorite brew method?

Brewing coffee over an open fire while traveling sounds about right. My favorite though is coffee that’s brewed, ready and waiting when I walk into work.


Jim Caskey

Roasting & Production Assistant - Jim Caskey

What drew you to the coffee industry?

My addiction to espresso and the search for freshly roasted local beans brought me to Sweetwater and the best job in the world.

What's your favorite coffee?

My favorite coffee is always changing, right now Ethiopian Sidamo and Sumatra are at the top of the list.

What do you do outside of Sweetwater Coffee?

When I am not at work I love to travel, cook, drink wine and find new hobbies.

How many cups of coffee do you consume a day?

It is a great perk having all the coffee and espresso you can drink available at work, I usually drink 5 or 6 cups a day.

Favorite brew method?

My favorite brewing methods are espresso & pourover.

What's your daily driving force?

I look forward to learning something new every day! 


Joe Ergle

Sales, Delivery & Production Assistant - Joe Ergle

What drew you to the coffee industry?

Bicycles! I took a part-time job delivering coffee at SW in 2013. I have always liked good coffee and I fell in love with the colorful and perpetually unfolding nature of the coffee industry. I ended up coming on board full time a few months later.

What's your favorite coffee?

I believe the best cup of coffee in the world is the one in your hand. As long as it was fairly traded. And organic. In all seriousness, I am currently enjoying our earthy chocolatey oh-so-subtly tart berry selections from D.R. Congo. My second favorite coffee is the one I'm trying next.

What do you do outside of Sweetwater Coffee?

More bikes and more coffee. My ideal day off consists of: slowly enjoying a Chemex full of joe, attending a cupping, and bicycling around lonesome country roads into the afternoon.

How many cups of coffee do you consume a day?

I hold it to 2 or 3. This goes out the window when cupping is involved.

What's your daily driving force?

It's easy to get up in the morning when your job is to help provide sustainable livelihoods for people all over the world, and then getting to share their beautiful product with my community. On a more selfish note, I try to use every day as an opportunity to enhance my perception, fitness, and palate.

Favorite brew method?

Lately, espresso. It's challenging and never the same twice. There's no such thing as a perfect symphony or a perfect shot, and I love it that way.


Tripp Pomeroy

Business Development & Trading Partner Relations - Tripp Pomeroy

What drew you to the coffee industry?

The opportunity to: 1) work with my good friends and partners Lee and Bill Harris; 2) run a business that is one of the coolest innovations I have ever seen, mixing business with a meaningful purpose, vision and core values; 3) work directly with small-scale coffee farmers and; 4) help folks to understand the reality of our small-scale coffee farmer partners and connect with them in a meaningful way via a simple cup of coffee.

What's your favorite coffee?

Need to be careful here – because I cherish ALL of our trading partners… would have to say it’s a tie between Colombia from Fondo Paez and Peru from CAC Pangoa. Knowing these folks makes their coffee that much more flavorful for me.

What do you do outside of Sweetwater Coffee?

Spend time with my wonderful wife and two kids, a little scuba from time-to-time, and try to escape to quite places in nature whenever possible. Also working with great partners to figure out best way to introduce Sweetwater and our approach to people and business to their markets in Asia and South America.

How many cups of coffee do you consume a day?

2… but I have a daily ritual that is non-negotiable. First thing, I go down and turn on the water heater. While it’s heating, I scoop 7 rounded tablespoons of French Press grind coffee into my nifty, nay awesome, French Press from Planetary Design. Once the water has come to a boil, I turn off the heater and let the water settle. Then, I pour a little water on the grinds to prime them…

several seconds later I fill the coffee press all the way up, pop the top on and sidestep over to my timer and set it for 5 minutes. When the timer goes off – and I can hear it from remarkable distances – I speed-walk back to turn off the timer, press the French Press plunger down, and pour my sweet nectar of the gods into my favorite mug and savor what I know is some of the best coffee in the world. That is when my day officially has started.

What's your daily driving force?

My faith in God, the inherent goodness of people, my family and my friends… and the opportunity to work with such a fantastic, diverse group of people (from crop to cup) who are interested in and actively working on making the world a better place.

Favorite brew method?

French Press.