Paul Thornton

Paul Thornton began his coffee career in 1982 in Portland Oregon as a coffee roaster for Coffee Bean International a wholesale roaster. In 1990, he took the position of Green Coffee Buyer/Roastmaster overseeing green coffee buying and roasting management, of this fast growing specialty coffee roasting business. Paul has spent much of his career handling supply chain management between engaging with growers, Coffee Bean Internationals roasting personal, and all areas between. His efforts toward fostering relationships within this supply chain has proven to be a critical priority toward successfully procuring the company's growth needs while maintaining high levels of quality coffee.

Paul has been a part of the Specialty Coffee Association since 1991, first through attending training and classes offered within the SCAA and to more recently, leading training courses and lectures at various venues to include the SCAA's Annual Conference and Exposition. He is one of the founding members of the Roasters Guild, sitting on their Executive Council from 2001 to 2006. He has been on the SCAA Board of Directors since 2007. In 2012 he was elected the position of Vice President of the Specialty Coffee Association of America.

Paul is currently the Director of Coffee for Farmer Brothers Corporation, continuing his responsibilities at Coffee Bean International today, a subsidiary of Farmer Brothers Corporation since 2007, and oversees the management of Public Domain, a retail coffee shop in Portland Oregon.