Ted was born and raised in Southern California. He graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1966, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree. In 1976 he earned a MBA in Accounting from Woodbury University in Los Angeles, California. During the first twenty years of his coffee career, Ted was vice president of marketing for Lingle Bros. Coffee, Inc., a business started by his grandfather in 1920 in Los Angeles. He served on the Board of Directors of the National Coffee Service Association and was elected an honorary member in 1990. He was one of the founding co-chairmen of the SCAA. In 1985, Mr. Lingle wrote the Coffee Cuppers’ Handbook and in 1995, he wrote the Coffee Brewing Handbook. In 1991, Mr. Lingle was appointed executive director of the SCAA, a position he served for 15 years. In 2006, Mr. Lingle retired from SCAA to become the new executive director for CQI. He stepped down from this position in 2013, but currently serves as CQI’s senior advisor.