Andrew Linnemann

Andrew Linnemann is the vice president of global coffee quality and engagement at Starbucks Coffee Company; he is one of the three leaders for the Global Coffee team, which is seen as the guardians and champions for coffee at Starbucks, managing all aspects of coffee from mountain top to countertop. Andrew joined Starbucks Coffee Company as a barista in 1993 following a career as a ski-bum. After 1995, Andrew moved into the corporate office, where in 1997 he joined the coffee team as a green coffee specialist, and subsequently moved to York, PA to open the York Roasting Plant, managing green coffee quality.

Following a return to Seattle in 2001, his responsibility expanded to managing coffee quality across all roasting plants in the US and Netherlands. He has had extensive travel to origin countries all over the world; maintains a deep understanding of roasting and coffee manufacturing; has lead roasting and soluble development teams, and continue to be seen as a key coffee leader at Starbucks. He counts the creation of Pike Place roast and VIA Ready Brew, leading and managing thru the Starbucks Transformation as some of his key professional milestones. A native of New Jersey, Andrew earned his B. S. in Recreational Management from the University of Vermont. He lives in Issaquah, WA with his wife and family, and whenever he gets the chance, plays drums on the side.