My name is Diana Mnatsakanyan-Sapp and this is my blog about life as a coffee-slinging person living in the Carolinas. I’m glad that you’ve made it here.
Coffee people are some of the best people on the planet. Working in the specialty coffee industry improved the quality of my life tremendously and opened doors I could have never imagined possible. I’m happiest while serving people who serve coffee, and I’ve dedicated my career towards empowering and uplifting the Southeastern coffee community in which I live and work.
In 2015, after working in Charlotte-area cafes for five years, I merged my passion for specialty coffee and my love for coffee workers by founding the Charlotte Coffee Collective, a barista-centric organization that hosts events to connect coffee people in and around the city of Charlotte. It was also around this time that I began side-hustling as an independent coffee consultant, working alongside budding coffee businesses to train employees, source equipment, lay out their cafes, and generally guide them towards success.
In 2017, I took the relationships I formed from those ventures and merged them with my experience serving on the Events Committee of the Barista Guild of America to co-found Charlotte’s first and only specialty coffee festival, POUR, with my pal Matt Dudley. I was also working as a one of the founding members behind Undercurrent Coffee, a cafe and Specialty Coffee Association-certified coffee education center that opened spring 2018. Oh, and sometime around that time I also became an SCA AST, served on the Sprudge Advisory Board, worked as a freelance writer for Barista Magazine, and re-watched the Office so many times that I now have it memorized.
Today you can find me working remOatly as the Southeast Market Development Manager for Oatly, in addition to serving as the Southeastern Regional Coordinator of the US Chapter of the Specialty Coffee Association. It’s now my full-time job to empower coffee people- whether through hosting events, helping coffee pals throw good parties, sponsoring meaningful work, or simply connecting my community with the resources it needs to flourish. My life is freaking dope, y’all!
The “Blog” tab (located on the top of this page) will take you to a page full of coffee news, blog posts that I and several of my past contributing guest writers have created, and an archive of articles I’ve published with Barista Magazine. We cover everything from home brewing basics, to cafe build-outs, to not having a meltdown during a shift over spilled cold brew (for real).
The “Media” page is a spot where you can learn more about some of the public work that I’ve accomplished, from organizing coffee communities to throwing festivals to opening cafes. I stay busy.
If you’re interested in getting geeky with coffee, I recommend looking through the “Resources” page for links to books, blogs and podcasts that I use to stay up-to-date with the world of specialty coffee. If you ever have any suggestions for resources I can add to that page, please let me know! I’m always looking to learn more.
If you’d like to chat more in-depth, feel free to email me at Diana.Mnatsakanyan@OATLY.com. My door (inbox) is always open!
In Coffee We Trust,