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Community Coffee Company Promotes Head of Green Coffee and Tea

Sep 14, 2018

Baton Rouge, LA – Community Coffee Company promoted Mark E. Howell to Associate Director of Green Coffee and Tea. Joining the company in 2013, Howell has more than twenty years of experience in the coffee industry, and is a certified Q Grader with the Coffee Quality Institute (CQI).

In his new role, Howell is responsible for leading the Green Coffee and Tea buying strategy and overseeing the procurement, logistics, and inventory planning of Community Coffee’s green coffee and tea supplies.  He also serves as a strategic resource in the Company to develop new coffee and tea products.

“Community Coffee Company maintains the highest quality standards using only Arabica coffee beans to make our delicious coffee,” said Annette Vaccaro, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Community Coffee Company. “Mark’s rich background in coffee will ensure excellent coffee experiences for Community Coffee Company’s customers every day.”

Previously, Howell worked as a green coffee buyer with a focus on procuring specialty coffee and as the owner and operator of a specialty coffee roastery in the North East. Howell is fluent in Spanish which is beneficial in his work visiting farms throughout Mexico, Brazil, Peru, Guatemala, Kenya, Costa Rica and Honduras.  

As a former Peace Corps volunteer, Howell was first introduced to the coffee industry on assignment in Honduras where he worked with coffee producers, cooperatives, and exporters  and learned about all the hard work that goes into making a cup of coffee.

Howell has a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Massachusetts where he graduated with honors.

Community Coffee Company

Now in its 99th year, Community Coffee Company houses the largest family-owned and operated retail coffee brand in America and is approaching its Centennial Celebration, which will mark 100 years of stories. Four generations of the Saurage family have operated the company since its inception. Founded in 1919, Community Coffee Company is an importer, roaster and distributor of the highest-quality premium coffees and teas, using only 100% Arabica coffee beans. For additional information, visit or find the brand on Facebook and Twitter.

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