Anna grew up in Cupertino, California drinking café con leche, made by her Greek father who grew up drinking them in Argentina. Her interest in coffee developed and in high school she started a coffee cart called the “Steaming Bull”, lovingly named after Monta Vista High School’s mascot, the Matador. Anna moved to the Pacific Northwest for college to attend University of Portland on a volleyball scholarship though she was largely persuaded by Portland’s early 2000s endearing kitschy café scene.
After graduating with a degree in international business, Anna moved to Greece, where half of her family lives, and professional volleyball for Panathinaikos. The café culture of Portland brought Anna back once again to attend Portland State University for an MBA. Upon graduating, she started a career in food and beverage, serving as a brand manager for one of the US’s largest hog slaughterhouse located just outside Philadelphia. Anna’s desire to work in coffee and return to the Pacific Northwest brought her to ACE, where she helped establish the Portland HQs. Anna served as the Marketing Director for Rogue Ales launching several coffee beers and holding the world’s first International Cold Brew Coffee Throwdown. She also served as the Marketing Director for Corwin Beverage, launching Revolt organic coffee, a gourmet coffee for convenience stores. Anna is now back with ACE and grateful to work in specialty coffee.
Anna is the dog mom to a blue heeler, Matilda, and white heeler, Fria. She is an avid non-elite cyclist, vegan and olive oil-enthusiast.