MILAN – The Alliance for Coffee Excellence (ACE) has appointed Cory Bush as its new Board Chair and Noelia Villalobos as the vice chair. Board members are elected by the nonprofit group’s membership to three-year terms, and the board itself is responsible for shaping the direction of the organization.
The ACE is a non-profit global membership dedicated to advancing excellence in coffee, through its Cup of Excellence green coffee competition and auction program, which is now in its 20th year.
Cory Bush is currently the managing director of 32Cup Specialty Coffee Merchants, a green coffee trader and importer based in Antwerp, Belgium. According to ACE, Bush began his coffee career in East Africa, where he was a regional manager for the TechnoServe Coffee Initiative, before he joined importing company Falcon Coffees in the UK.
Noelia Villalobos is the executive director of the Specialty Coffee Association of Costa Rica (SCACR) and of Sintercafé, Costa Rica’s annual “International Coffee Week” event.