Discover. Experience. Connect. Celebrate.


The Pono Collective is a celebration of coffee and champions, enabling roasters and producers in the coffee supply chain to collaborate with culinary programs, their students, and restaurants.

It brings to light the necessity of coffee growing regions to work together with local culinary stakeholders to incorporate and promote the art of Specialty Coffee in restaurants and future generations.

Through the platform, knowledge can transcend and stimulate thought leadership to bring meaningful improvements at a grassroots level to the local coffee industry. Uplifting Specialty Coffee and weaving it into the culinary industry through education and future generations is the key goal of Pono Collective.

The success of Pono Collective has also expanded outside of the coffee industry. Our format for instruction has proven to be effective and engaging, serving as a model for food related industries to collaborate with culinary programs and their students to discover, experience, and connect.

Want to get involved? Contact your Customer Success Partner to learn more and join us in our quest to support and share knowledge to the next generation!




Marc Marquez
Director of Coffee, Q Grader Savor Brands

Ryson Nakamasu
Operations Manager, Honolulu Coffee

Tim Gugudan
Director of Quality & Education, Honolulu Coffee

James Cho
Maintenance Manager, Honolulu Coffee

Ramiro Magana
Mauka Farm Manager, Honolulu Coffee

Madeleine Longoria Garcia
Co-Owner, Q Grader, Pacific Coffee Research

Kealakaiokalani (Alaka‘i) Kapanui
Head Roaster, Q Grader, Pacific Coffee Research

Eric Musil
Equipment Technician, Q Grader, Pacific Coffee Research

Kelleigh Stewart
Co-Founder, Big Island Coffee Roasters

Brandon Damitz
Co-Founder, Big Island Coffee Roasters

Miles Mayne
Owner, Coffee Producer, Silver Cloud Coffee Farm

Vincent Pohaku
Co-Owner, Drip Studio HNL

Kelsie Uehara
Co-Owner, Drip Studio HNL

Brian Burik
Co-Owner, Head Roaster, Tradition Coffee Roasters

Lindsey Burik
Co-Owner, Tradition Coffee Roasters

Mehmet Sogan
Co-Founder, Memli Coffee Lab


Andrew Coe
2023 US Coffee Roasting Champion


Derek Block
Junior Operations, DNC Dinámica Coffee

Francisco Quezada
Coffee Producer and Director, Montenegro Farms – DNC Dinámica Coffee

Raul Rodas
2012 World Barista Champion, Green Coffee Sourcer, Owner, Paradigma Coffee




Ernesto Samayoa, Liza de Samayoa y Rodrigo Samayoa
Owners, Coffee producers, Café L’Etranger

Diego Baraona
Owner, Coffee Producer, Los Pirineos

Ernesto Chaverria
Co-Owner, Coffee Lab by Mixing Group

Federico Bolaños
Owner, Coffee Consultant, Coach, SCA AST, Alquimia Coffee and Coffee Lab by Mixing Group

Talha Baş
2023 Turkey Coffee Roasting Champion

Yoshiyuki Nakamura
2023 Japan Coffee Roasting Champion

Diana Johnston
2023 UK Coffee Roasting Champion

Ece Baş
2018 Turkey Cezve/Ibrik Champion

Christian Waskiewicz
Owner, Alpen Sierra Coffee

Marie Cardinael
Roaster, Café Pista

Anais Pertin
Barista and Coffee Education, Café Pista






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Honolulu, HI 96813



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