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Caravela Coffee’s Krisztina Szalai appointed Chair of The British Coffee Association

Szalai said the BCA is a ‘key platform’ for the UK coffee industry to collaborate and become more sustainable and commercially successful

Szalai help UK coffee businesses navigate changing international trade and recruitment landscapes | Photo credit: Nathan Dumlao


The British Coffee Association (BCA) has appointed Caravela Coffee Head of Sales Krisztina Szalai as its new Chair. 

The association said Szalai will lead its efforts to support the UK coffee industry through the current cost-of-living crisis and help coffee businesses navigate changing international trade and recruitment landscapes post-Brexit. 

“I am truly delighted to have been elected to serve as the BCA’s Chair at such an exciting time for the coffee industry. The BCA plays a vital role in supporting and advocating for our members – which include not only the big-name retailers and high-street chains, but also independent coffee shops, roasters, warehousers, and importers.   

“We are the key platform through which businesses from every corner of the country can come together to collaborate and tackle those issues which are greater than any individual organisation. Businesses are rightly asking how we can be both commercially successful, as well as sustainable, something which the BCA has been exploring in-depth,” she said. 

Szalai will continue her current role at London-based green coffee trader Caravela Coffee, which she joined in April 2022 having spent more than eight years at Betty & Taylors of Harrogate in various sustainable coffee sourcing roles. She succeeds Andrew Kerr as BCA Chair, who held the role since March 2021. 

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