Bruce Mullins is Vice President of Coffee Culture for Coffee Bean International. Bruce has been passionate about specialty coffee since the late 70’s, after graduating from college and landing a prestigious warehouse job unloading sacks of green coffee from trucks.
In 1982, Bruce joined Coffee Bean International, Inc. (CBI) of Portland, Oregon – one of America’s pioneer specialty roasters – learning roasting, cupping, and all aspects of growing a successful specialty coffee business along the way. He currently serves as CBI’s Vice President of Coffee Culture.
Bruce serves on the Board of Trustees of the Coffee Quality Institute (CQI), is a member of the Roaster Advisory Council of Fair Trade USA, a co-founder of the World Coffee Research program at The Borlaug Institute (Texas A&M University), works with the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA), and was a co-founder, vice president, and board member the Specialty Tea Institute (Tea Association of the USA).
Bruce has also served as a Coffee Corps volunteer on assignments in Africa and South America, and as a cupping judge at numerous Cup of Excellence competitions in Central America, South America, and Africa.
In his spare time, Bruce collects and restores antique commercial coffee roasters manufactured in the US or the UK between 1900 and 1950.