Stephen Hurst

Stephen Hurst

Mercanta The Coffee Hunters Specialty Coffee Merchants
Kingston upon Thames

Notable Achievements

  • Executive Director of Coffee Trading at Goldman Sachs UK 1985-1996.
  • Founded Mercanta The Coffee Hunters 1996
  • Served on Board of Directors, including as President, Alliance for Coffee Excellence 2002-2010
  • Served on Board of Directors, Specialty Coffee Association of Europe 2004-2008
  • Founded London School of Coffee 2005
  • Mercanta 25 years anniversary 2021

Latest Podcast

In Conversation: Stephen Hurst

Stephen Hurst Managing Director of Mercanta The Coffee Hunters,

Stephen Hurst is the Managing Director of Mercanta The Coffee Hunters, suppliers of best of harvest unroasted, raw coffee beans to specialty, artisan and craft coffee roasting companies all over the world. 

Mercanta import and distribute specialty coffee beans via a global network of 5 (soon to be 6) offices / coffee labs on 3 Continents. Also having served on the board of directors of the Alliance for Coffee Excellence, the Specialty Coffee Association of Europe, and founder of London School of Coffee, a London based training and consultancy business in the field of specialty coffee training and education

Career Overview

Before launching his own business, Hurst served as Executive Director of Coffee Trading at J Aron & Co (UK) / Goldman Sachs from 1985-1996.

Stephen Hurst founded Mercanta The Coffee Hunters in 1996 in a small office in Sunbury on Thames. Mercanta now sources a dazzling variety of outstanding specialty grade green, raw coffee beans from 20 producing countries, distributing via a network of 6 offices / coffee labs and 9 warehouses on three Continents.

Mercanta are proud to offer impartial and professional advice and efficient deliveries to more than 40 countries worldwide.

In July 2020, Stephen Hurst appeared on a Leaders Council of Great Britain & Northern Ireland podcast, discussing the importance of leadership and the impact it has had on her career to date.

Listen to Stephen Hurst's Leaders Council podcast.

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