US Business Development Manager at IKAWA, Ltd.
O.M. Miles is a specialty coffee industry pro, roaster, and information sponge. As IKAWA, Ltd.’s US Business Development Manager, she works with roasters around the world; mostly helping them learn more about sample roasting and product development, but she also still greatly enjoys blind cuppings, triangles, and throwing down.
Miles believes that roasting education, experiences and opportunities should be simply more available and accessible, but especially for marginalized members of our industry.
She learned to roast 4 years ago at Blue Bottle Coffee and previously worked in cafes in New York and Philadelphia. After Blue Bottle, she continued her career in coffee at Allegro Coffee as Roastmaster and Royal Coffee NY as Director of Education.
Over the past few years, she has been actively involved in the SCA as an Advisory Council member, volunteer, panelist, and instructor.
Comprehensive Sample Roasting
The Comprehensive Sample Roasting course is designed for coffee professionals throughout the supply chain to learn and practice the skills of sample roasting for evaluation. This class helps students with the process of creating a consistent sample roasting program, including checking green grade, recording green and roast data, storing samples, making conscious buying decisions, having a roasting log and maintaining equipment. Although the course focuses primarily on sample roasting for the purposes of evaluation, we will also address sample roasting to aide product development, sales efforts and business development. All students will receive hands-on time and instruction at lab or event sample roaster(s).