Our Mission

 

Kalsada champions Philippine specialty coffee. Our top priority is to support Filipino coffee producers and their dedicated efforts to bring quality coffee to market. By purchasing and roasting locally-grown beans, we seek to build trust and mutual partnership with local producers and their communities.

 

Kalsada offers a new beverage experience, with a social mission to bring the Philippine coffee industry back to its former glory, one farm at a time. Be the first to buy Kalsada beans outside the Philippines — support Kalsada on Kickstarter now!

THE TEAM

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CARMEL LAURINO

Founder

Manila

Carmel has always wanted to find a way to honor her heritage and give back to the communities from which she hailed. As a community organizer in Seattle, she was inspired to get involved in coffee and development after seeing an early 20th century photo of Pike Place merchantmen hawking Filipino coffee. She enjoys dance parties and cortados.

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LACY WOOD

Head of Roasting

Manila

A coffee-geek at heart, Lacy brings her practical and academic knowledge of coffee to the Kalsada team. After writing her masters thesis on the use of commercial quality coffee in Vietnam's development, she moved to Manila in January 2014. She has quickly fell in love with the warmth of the people, the local specialty scene, and the tropical climate. Balancing time spent on the farm learning from our producing partners, with time in the lab roasting and cupping, she is a proverbial nomad.

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THERESA DOMINE

Apprentice Roaster

Manila

With a background in Biology, Tere brings a diverse set of skills to the Kalsada team. Her fluency in Tagalog and Ilocano has opened doors in communities in Northern Luzon, and her experience in logistical problem solving has proven to be invaluable. On the days she is not roasting, she can be found sipping single origins in her roof-top herb garden.

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AMBER ROSARIO MANUGUID

Creative Director

Seattle

Amber is a Seattle-based artist and interactive designer.  She is an active contributor within the Filipino American creative community.  Her work has been featured in the International Filipino Film Festival, the Filipino American film festival and in print in Martha Stewart Weddings, Philippines to name a few.  She’s excited to continue her contributions with Kalsada, helping it grow both online and off.  What drives her? Her Honda Accord… and a dry cappuccino.

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MARITES MENDOZA

Director of Communications

Seattle

Marites was won over to the Pacific Northwest from Los Angeles by Seattle’s book-loving, coffee and tea guzzling way of life. A student of Filipino literature and history, Marites is committed to helping create conditions for economic justice in the Philippines through Kalsada.  When she’s not contributing to communications campaigns for Kalsada, she’s doing the same for a few arts and media institutions along the West Coast. Or she’s probably reading.

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FIONA LE BRUN

Press Play Curator

Paris

Fiona is a Parisian espresso and music aficionada. She can find the best music for your coffee. Having worked for KEXP and Sub Pop in Seattle, she is now a bonafide Cascadian, and is utterly convinced that the best indie rock and latte scene are both found there. Now grab a cup of coffee and press play!

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CHRIS GUITARTE

Web Developer

Los Angeles

Chris is your go-to geek for all things in technology. He is interested in innovative new media platforms and how best to deliver the content you crave over your morning cup of coffee. Most often he can be found playing with the latest tech featured on The Verge, but currently his most prized gadget is his partner's AeroPress.

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YICHEN FENG

Business Development Lead

Los Angeles

A drinker’s drinker, Yichen loves beverages and all the things that come together when people share them. She is a lover of freedom in all shapes and sizes and finds financial and educational independence especially pleasant. She’s been a reporter, BRICM investment analyst, ex-Amazonian, and Teach for Egypt co-founder prior to joining the Kalsada movement. Fav coffee: French-pressed and a shisha on the side.