History


 A family venture.


In 1973 on beautiful British Columbia’s Vancouver Island, John William Oughtred Sr. put down roots in the West Coast coffee industry, founding Oughtred Coffee & Tea. From these humble beginnings emerged a resounding family business that would one day stand tall in the coffee industry.

Now in our second generation of ownership, the company stands proudly managed by John Sr.’s sons Michael and John Jr., expanding the vast global coffee network their father established.

Maintaining the company’s core principles, the sons now charge headfirst into the 21st century as global leaders and experts within their industry.

Pouring generations of passion and experience into our craft, our commitment is to great coffee from our table to yours.

Our Team


Teamwork has made Oughtred Coffee & Tea who we are today. We strive to ensure that the coffee steaming in your cup is the best it can be from start to finish – an impossible task without the help of our hardworking and committed team.

Michael Oughtred

CEO/Partner

Management Team • Coffee Team

What you really do day to day
Oversee the strategic development of our company while striving to help improve the quality and sustainability of our coffee programs year after year.

Year you started
1997

Our favourite thing about you
Still loves coming to work every day and with a quest to learn something new. After 20 plus years, good on you!

Fun fact
I am a terrible barista…and I am just fine with that.

Favourite drink
A fantastic seasonal offering brewed via pour over or immersion style, surprise me…

Sandy Klassen

CFO

Management Team

What you really do day to day
Oversee the financial and administrative aspects of our company.

Year you started
1985

Our favourite thing about you
Her amazing loyalty and work ethic. She is old school and we love it.

Fun fact
I still love tasting new coffees especially when someone else is making it.

Favourite drink
Americano

Brian Wallace

Corporate Operations Manager

Management Team

What you really do day to day
Manage the day to day operations of the company with a focus on purchasing and inventory management.

Year you started
2019

Our favourite thing about you
Brian loves integrating the diverse needs of our operational team with the most advanced IT solutions on the market. This important integration helps ensure our that our ops team is always working at maximum efficiency while delivering the best service levels possible.

Fun fact
Brian is a bit of a shark on the pool table and can be found competing at the US open later on in 2020

Favourite drink
Every coffee that I have throughout the day, mmm I love coffee.

Nelson Teskey

Director of Manufacturing

Management Team • Coffee Team

What you really do day to day
Oversee the day to day operations at our Roasting Works in addition to leading our Education programs.

Year you started
2016

Our favourite thing about you
His passion for learning and dedication to quality. A true coffee nerd and he is proud of it.

Fun fact
Before I started my Coffee Career back in 2002, one of my favorite drinks was a gas station coffee filled with sugar and French Vanilla creamers.

Favourite drink
For me it’s a tie… If it’s a hot drink then I would have to say my morning Chemex.  Come afternoon, there is not much better than an ice cold IPA.

John Hanson

Business Development – Vancouver Island

Corporate Team

What you really do day to day
Co-manage sales, café consulting, and business development on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands.

Year you started
2019

Our favourite thing about you
John has as wealth of experience in Customer Service and is generally one of the nicest people you will ever meet.

Fun fact
John has worked in the hospitality trade for over 12 years and loves our shaft coffee concentrate program

Favourite drink
Shaft, shaft, shaft baby.

Tim Parcher

Operations Manager – Vancouver Island

Corporate Team

What you really do day to day
Keep our products rotated to ensure the freshest coffee is made available to our customers

Year you started
2016

Our favourite thing about Tim
Tim’s obsession with keeping his warehouse organized and turning over. Such a unique skill but we love him for it ????

Fun fact
I have a great sense of humour, you just have to discover it

Favourite drink
Crest: Colombia Narino (Dark Roast)

Norm Gallano

What you really do day to day
Oversee the production and quality control of our coffees.

Year you started
2007

Our favourite thing about you
Norm has a quiet confidence about him and is not afraid to let his work ethic do the talking. A trusted employee and friend to everyone that gets to know him.

Fun fact
I love to bowl.

Favourite drink
Any coffee that is sweet and bold with a good body.

Marie Manalo

Accounts Receivable

Corporate Team

What you really do day to day
I assist day to day administrative, financial and clerical duties for the company in addition to supporting the customer service team.

Year you started
2011

Our favourite thing about you
Marie’s calming effect on our work environment.

Fun fact
Left handed cookie monster; worships the sun and coffee. Also obsessed with Recycling.

Favourite drink
I only need one thing in the morning, coffee. I love the OFS Reserve 3 Wheel Spro as an Americano or the OFS Colombian Nariño dark brewed in my Espro press.

John Oughtred

Partner

Management Team

What you really do day to day
Oversee strategic development and sustainability while building new brands and territories

Year you started
2000

Our favourite thing about you
His willingness to take on new challenges, not afraid to mix it up.

Fun fact
Can fully perform Michael Jackson’s Thriller dance to this day.

Favourite drink
Wine

Sue Peters

Vice President Finance

Management Team

What you really do day to day
Oversee accounts payable and assist with customer service and accounts receivables when required.

Year you started
2009

Our favourite thing about you
Sue is one of the nicest people you will ever meet. She is a dedicated and committed team member who helps keep our backend in order.

Fun fact
I used to not like coffee but now I drink at least 2 cups a day and choose coffee over chocolate!

Favourite drink
Pour over drip coffee using fresh roasted Burundi. Cold brew with a dash of bailey is also my favourite for afternoon weekend.

Louis Li

Corporate IT Manager

Management Team

What you really do day to day
Anything IT related, up or down, or sideways, never a dull moment.

Year you started
2004

Our favourite thing about you
Louis has an appreciation for the finer details in life. It is all about the little details…

Fun fact
Still riding a 1992 Diamondback road bike bought for getting through the university days.

Favourite drink
Any good IPAs from a micro-brewery

Titus Varga

Account Management Lead – Head Trainer

Management Team • Coffee Team

What you really do day to day
Oversees our account management team and is responsible for developing our barista training program.

Year you started
2009

Our favourite thing about you
Titus cares deeply about his customers and works hard to help them succeed.

Fun fact
I love the stars and what they represent…let’s have a coffee and chat about it sometime.

Favourite drink
Espresso, as long as it is prepared properly.

Jon Patterson

Business Development – Vancouver Island

Corporate Team

What you really do day to day
Co-manage sales, café consulting, and business development on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands.

Year you started
2016

Our favourite thing about you
Jon has an amazing energy level and passion for helping others.

Fun fact
I love cuisine! Whether cooking, researching new recipes, eating while traveling, or trying out a new restaurant in town. There’s a very good chance I’m thinking about food at this very moment..

Favourite drink
Single origin fresh crop via 1:16 chemex or 1:15 aeropress, I like strong flavourful coffee.

Also very much a fan of espresso over a botanical tonic.

Cris Guerra

Operations Manager – Lower Mainland

Corporate Team

What you really do day to day
Coordinate operations and distribution out of our Lower Mainland Distribution Facility.

Year you started
2017

Our favourite thing about you
Cris loves people and works tirelessly to ensure that our customers always receive the very best customer service possible each day.

Fun fact
Cris is a new dad and coffee helps fuel his early mornings (and lack of sleep at night).

Favourite drink
I like to mix it up and enjoy many different origins in my faithful Espro Press.

Kevin Pasman

Head Coffee Roaster

Coffee Team

What you really do day to day
Create, monitor, manage and taste our 120+ coffee roasting profiles to make sure every roast and every cup is delicious.

Year you started
2016

Our favourite thing about you
Kevin just loves coffee and trying to find new ways to express different flavours with a variety of different roasting techniques. A modern day coffee equivalent to Jacques Cousteau

Fun fact
Before coffee, just some of my resume entries includes Personal Trainer, Janitor, several different jobs as various Mascots, Chocolatier, Museum Inventory, Insect Pheromone production and a summer as a Labourer for a mobile mini-putt course across BC.

Favourite drink
The best coffee I have ever had was our Notch Sumatra Boru Batak; sweet, smoky, spicy and fruity all at the same time.

Maria Brownlow

Customer Service – Lower Mainland

Corporate Team

What you really do day to day
I work with our community of customers in the lower mainland to help deliver the best customer service possible! With downright awesome coffee quality, sustainability and community development front and center, I help businesses thrive.

Year you started
2017

Our favourite thing about you
Maria is passionate about the environment and helping develop a true coffee community, you go girl

Fun fact
When I am not drinking coffee or exploring the beautiful Vancouver Island trails with my coffee in tow, I’m also a yoga instructor.

Favourite drink
Natural processed cup of coffee, usually a pour over, where each sip tells a story!

Grace Andoque

Customer Service – Vancouver Island

Corporate Team

What you really do day to day
I work with our customers on Vancouver Island to help facilitate their every need. I love to interact with our customers and help them feel like family.

Year you started
2018

Our favourite thing about you
Maria is passionate about the environment and helping develop a true coffee community, you go girl

Fun fact
I love to travel and enjoy the diversity of our planet.

Favourite drink
Morning cup of coffee, need the caffeine to fuel the day.

Oughtred Crest

Indulge in decadence.

Notch Coffee

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