Heather Perry

Though only thirty years of age, Heather Perry has sixteen years of experience in the coffee industry. By the age of fifteen, Heather was working behind the espresso machine and experimenting with different drinks. Since her first shot of espresso, Heather has continued to improve and hone her skills behind the bar.

Heather is the Director of Training and Consulting at the Klatch and spends much of her time training the national and international market. Using what Heather has learned from her own successful cafes, she helps customers design and launch successful cafes. Klatch Coffee was recently chosen as a new vendor for LAX, and Heather's responsibility over the next years will be bringing great coffee to the passengers of LAX.

Most notably, Heather is a Barista Champion and currently holds several titles. The most prominent competition took place this past year in Tokyo where she took 2nd place in the World Barista Championship, the highest finish for a woman. She is also the 2003 and 2007 United States Barista Champion and 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007 Western Regional Champion.

Heather is considered an industry expert, and has been published by numerous trade magazines. She also works as a consultant doing such work as product development, sales force training, and is a spokesperson for Got Milk. She has also made appearances on many networks including CNN, PBS, OWN, Discovery, and the Food Network, and is the Master of Ceremonies for the World Latte Art Competition hosted by Coffee Fest. She is Past Chair of the Barista Guild of America where she helped to write curriculum for, and launch, the association's first Barista Certification program and Barista Camp. Heather is also a Credentialed BGA Level 1 and 2 Examiner as well as Credentialed Lead Instructor.

During her time in coffee, Heather has expanded her knowledge on all aspects of the coffee industry. She is a key element in coffee cupping, roasting, and espresso blend development for Klatch Roasting. Her experience in green coffee includes dealing with farmers from throughout the world. She spends much of her time out of country where she helps coffee associations create training programs, and trains many countries in preparation for the World Barista Championship.

Heather is a graduate from Cal Poly Pomona in California where she earned a degree in International Business and Marketing.