Darrin Daniel, a 25-year coffee industry veteran, was recently named executive director of Alliance for Coffee Excellence, Inc.
Daniel replaced founder and interim director Susie Spindler who assumed the temporary position in mid-2016 at the request of the Board of Directors.
The directors, meeting in early January, unanimously approved Daniel’s hire. The new executive is a longtime supporter of the Cup of Excellence program both as a buyer and a judge.
“The ACE Board is ecstatic to find a professional of Darrin’s caliber with his passion for coffee willing to take on the challenges and opportunities always facing the Cup of Excellence program,” board chairman Geoff Watts said in a statement.
“I am thrilled that Darrin has accepted this position and believe that the organization’s future is secure in his capable hands.” Spindler said. “Darrin has years of green coffee experience at Stumptown and most recently at Allegro. He brings an incredible understanding and enthusiasm for coffee farmers, high quality coffee and the global specialty coffee sector. All three are at the center of the work of Cup of Excellence, ACE’s premier program.”