Bridget started her coffee career in 1983 working for ED&F Man, and after 9 years in London, moved to work in a coffee producing country to gain a more rounded knowledge of the coffee value chain. What followed was Bridget’s 27 year career with C. Dorman Ltd. where she managed their specialty coffee exporting operations active in Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Ethiopia. During that time, as the specialty segment of the industry grew, so the focus of Dorman strengthened as Bridget championed the sale of top-quality, traceable coffee from individual estates or cooperative factories from within the region.
Firmly committed to improving the livelihood of East African farmers, Bridget played a key role in the setting up the first certified supply chain of UTZ and Fairtrade coffee in Kenya, working with sister company Coffee Management Services to develop close links to farmers, providing them with agricultural, financial and capacity building services
An expert cupper herself, Bridget was able to immediately identify with the need for a common cupping language that could be applied to everyday operations and dealings between suppliers and buyers, and this led to her interest and involvement with CQI.
Bridget is actively involved in local and regional coffee affairs via her involvement with Kenya and Tanzania Coffee Traders Association, African Fine Coffees Association (AFCA) where she served a Kenya’s Director for a two-year term and the local chapters of IWCA.