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Derek Lanter

Sales & Marketing Manager
Waialua Estate Coffee and Cacao

Mike Conway

“Coffee and Chocolate - What a Life!”

- Derek Lanter

Originally from Aspen Colorado, Derek also lived in Kona Coffee Country on the Big Island of Hawaii. This was the beginning of a relationship with coffee and the Hawaiian Islands.

Derek is a graduate of the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a Masters degree in East Asian Studies, a Masters of Business Administration and a Fellowship with the East West Center.

In 1985 Derek’s family started Uncommon Grounds Coffee Company a gourmet roasting operation in Berkeley California. Working as a roast master with specialty coffee in the San Francisco Bay Area, teaching customers to taste and appreciate premium, fresh roasted coffee and promoting organic and Fair trade was exciting and rewarding work. Serving as green coffee buyer and traveling to coffee producing countries in Central America, Hawaii and Vietnam opened a world of new experiences and appreciation for the challenges of producing specialty coffee.

In 2007, Derek joined Dole Food Company as Sales and Marketing Manager for Waialua Estate Coffee and Cacao and is also in charge of processing and quality control at the mill. Product quality improvement, local distribution and developing brand identity have been his focus.


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