Diana Mnatsakanyan-Sapp has spent the past seven years living and working in coffee in Charlotte, North Carolina. She is the co-founder of Charlotte's first specialty coffee festival, the POUR Coffee Festival, whose mission is to celebrate and elevate specialty coffee in the Southeast. She is also the founder and Lead Organizer behind the Charlotte Coffee Collective, a coffee events and resource hub for coffee people in and around the Charlotte region. She is an SCA AST, serves on the Editorial Advisory Board for Sprudge Media, and is a bonafide Cat Lady (with ample cat hair on her sweaters to prove it).
I have dedicated the past several years of my life to supporting and empowering coffee people in the Southeast. In 2015, after seeing a need for a community resource hub, I founded the Charlotte Coffee Collective (CCC) forum on Facebook to foster growth and educate our regional coffee community. In the past I've coordinated free educational and social events for the CCC, including panels on Intersectionality in Specialty Coffee, Palate Development workshops, Triangulation competitions, and ASL for Baristas workshops. We currently have almost 400 CCC forum members, and regularly share information and resources for the betterment of our collective.
In 2017 I was one of the founding members of the POUR Coffee Festival, an event focused on celebrating and elevating specialty coffee culture in the Southeast. It was the first of its kind in our region, and has contributed positively to the growth and health of coffee culture in Charlotte and beyond.
I am also active within the SCA and BGA- in 2017 I volunteered a year of my time to serve on the BGA Events Committee, and have since become a regular volunteer at Competitions as the BGA Cafe Manager. I'm also a certified SCA AST, in the Barista and Brewing tracks, and manage an SCA Training Campus in Charlotte that regularly holds both public and professional coffee education classes.
I want to be a part of the first-ever SCA US Chapter because I think that a unified, creative and empowered community is a powerful one. I have experience with event coordination, community action, social media, marketing and management that I feel would provide me with the tools necessary to connect with other Southeastern coffee professionals and communities to create a thriving US Chapter of the SCA.