Baton Rouge, LA - Mark E. Howell is the new General Manager of Community Coffee Company’s Green Coffee and Tea Department. He comes to Community Coffee Company with twenty years of experience in the coffee industry. He has worked as a green coffee trader from Virginia to California, Massachusetts and New York to Honduras.
Howell was previously responsible for a client list of small and medium roasters on the East Coast and Central US Market where he purchased coffee for both spot position and several major US clients. Howell’s fluency in Spanish has been essential as he managed microlot programs in Guatemala, Kenya, Costa Rica and Honduras for top tier specialty roasters throughout the US. He managed complete operations and purchasing efforts for a regional coffee roaster in New York.
Additionally, previously as president and founder of his own former coffee roasting company in Massachusetts, he generated a customer base with over 100 wholesale customers and experienced between 30% to 50% annual growth over 6 consecutive years.
His strong business management background and accounting experience, as well as customer and client management skills, will serve him well as he leads Community’s daily operations in the green coffee and tea division. He will work closely with Vice President of Green Coffee and Tea Carl Leonard as they continue to maintain the Company’s strong relationships with its green coffee growers and ensure the quality and taste of Community brand products.
Community Coffee Company maintains the highest quality standards using only the top 10% coffee beans in the world to make its delicious coffee. Howell’s rich background in quality assurance will ensure excellent coffee experiences for Community Coffee Company’s customers every day.
Howell has a bachelor’s degree in business finance from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell where he graduated with honors. Additionally, he is a Licensed Q Grader, a professional cupper accredited by the Coffee Quality Institute.
Community Coffee Company
Community Coffee Company has a robust history of going above and beyond. For more than 90 years, the company has remained steadfast in its commitment to crafting the world’s best-tasting coffee. From when Henry Norman “Cap” Saurage began serving his quality coffee out of his country store in 1919 until today, the company has grown to become the largest family-owned and operated retail coffee brand in America. Community® coffee can be found in grocery and convenience stores, offices, hotels, and many of the best restaurants throughout the Southeast, and is available worldwide through CommunityCoffee.com.
Additionally, the company is committed to supporting U.S. military personnel through its Military Match program which doubles four-bag coffee purchases to military addresses. Also, participating K – 12 schools have earned well over $4 million through the Community Cash for Schools® program. Because the company believes that beyond having standards, there’s setting them. Beyond good, there’s great. And beyond good coffee, there’s Community coffee.