Meet the Golden Bean Team

See the team that make the Golden Bean happen below.

Sean Edwards

Founder and Head Bean

Sean has been involved in the café industry for over 20 years.

Originally owning several regional café businesses he became passionate about the growth of the world coffee and cafe and milk industries.

Scott Angelo

Head Judge

Scott is the founder of Oceana Coffee and is a multiple Golden Bean award-winning roaster.

Ben Gleeson

Past Winner

Ben is a Multi-award winning Australian Coffee Roaster & Co-founder of Glee CoffeeRoasters; The Golden Bean Overall Champions for 2019 Aus/NZ.

Lenka Bohorova

Category Judge

Lenka is an Authorized SCA Trainer and a Coffee Training Manager at Canterbury Coffee Canada. With over twelve years of international experience in the coffee industry Lenka has acted as a NationalSensory and Technical judge in the UK, Ireland and Canada.

Sam LaRobardiere

Category Judge

Sam LaRobardiere has been in the coffee industry since 2012, is Q Grader Certified and the Founder and CEO of Theory Coffee Roasters in Redding, California.

Andy Freeman

Category Judge

Andy has been 3 times Overall Champion of Golden Bean Australia/New Zealand for 2016, 2018 and 2021.

CoffeeSnobs has been fresh roasting and distributing green coffee to other roasters via the Internet for the last 16 years to every corner of Australia.

Joe Behm

Category Judge

Joe's passion for coffee has lead to innovation and accessibility to quality coffee. Joe developed his flagship product, the Behmor Coffee Roaster, and he has travelled to many green beans farms connecting with local farmers and equipping them in many ways.

Greg Davis

Management and Logistics

Meet Greg Davis or the "Bean Counter" as we like to call him. He is an irreplaceable team member of Golden Bean North America and behind the scenes weapon in management and logistics.

Ryan Mein

General Manager

Specialising in Digital Marketing, Ryan has over 15 years experience in marketing and 10 years experience in digital. Most recently Ryan has followed his passion for coffee and has driven profitability for multiple coffee roasters, both as a full-time employee and as a digital consultant.