meet our crew

Our team are an incredibly dedicated bunch of coffee experts & enthusiasts with years of experience throughout all levels of hospo. From baristas to venue owners, sales, marketing, roasting & tech support, we’ve done it all. Our team are united by a deep love of coffee & a passion to create a sustainable future for everyone.

Could one of these legends be your new best friend? Reach out below for more on joining the Locale fam.

josh jackson.

Pace to his mates. He’s the glue here at Locale, holding everything together. He has recently taken on a group GM role across the Locale & Genovese businesses, as well as running Loveramics & working closely with Ben in developing Locale’s coffee program.

He’s worked in the hospo industry his entire working career from cheffing through to sales & management roles & everything in between.

Pace steers the ship here & loves a cheeky filter coffee while he’s doing it.

ben toovey.

Ben’s origin story is barista-turned-renowned-roaster, since taking out the Australian Roasting Championship in 2018 & going on to place 4th at Worlds. He loves the challenge of coffee, that it’s dynamic, complex & requires constant attention. Ben has been with the Genovese coffee family for nearly 15 years & we’re so grateful to have his knowledge & experience behind Locale’s coffee program.

Ben drinks his coffee black & starts the day with a double espresso followed by loads of cupping. He also enjoys a pour over on the weekends.

kristin jackson.

KJ has worked in Sales & Marketing roles across a range of industries including food, wine & coffee. She’s been with Locale from the early days & was the creative mind behind the re-brand in 2020.

KJ is super passionate about the environment & the ability for businesses to create positive change, driving Locale’s sustainable & community-based initiatives.

She starts the day with an oat milk flatty & prefers a batch brew in the arvo.

paul solway.

Beginning his coffee journey as a barista at a small cafe, Pauly realised he had a deep love for coffee & the industry, a drive to help people succeed and the ability to make you buy whatever he’s selling!

He’s been an integral part of Locale since the very beginning & the main reason behind the success we’ve seen in WA.

Now managing the sales team nationally & showing mad love for the cold brew, Pauly is the best friend you never knew you needed.

rach commander.

Since scoring her first coffee gig at 15, Rach knew that she wanted to learn everything there was to know about creating the perfect cup. After a good 12 years, both in the Tassie and Melbs coffee scene, including owning her own cafe, she brings a wealth of knowledge to our sales team. A woman of many talents, Rach has some mad barber skills & has even danced professionally as a go go girl! Her favourite thing about coffee is the people – a perfect fit for Locale.

Rach’s go-to coffee order is a soy flatty – “a hug in a mug”.

sage wilson.

Originally from sunny California, Sage fell in love with the barista life as soon as they moved to Melbourne. A foodie and lover of all manner of fancy beverages, Sage has been working in coffee for over 6 years now, and hospo even longer. They scored their first roasting gig a few years ago & the rest is history.

Sage loves the nuance of flavour from different origins and the ritual of making and sharing a cuppa!

They’re a huge filter fiend or like to kick of the morning with an espresso.

pat dwyer.

Since Pat’s brother-in-law first taught him to make coffee in his music-themed cafe in Surfer’s, he hasn’t looked back! He comes to us with over 10 years in the coffee industry & loves getting lost in the endless rabbit hole of knowledge, flavour & technique.

On top of being a qualified Sound Engineer and all round lovely human, we have high hopes for what he can bring to our QLD customer base.

Pat says an oat flat white in the morning always goes down a treat!

emma garcia.

Joining the team in 2022, Emma is in her final year of study for her Batchelor of Business Marketing. She’s held barista & managerial roles at busy flagship cafes & also has a degree in Interior Design!

Emma is the friendly voice on the other end of the phone or email & is always ready to help. She also assists KJ in Marketing as well as looking after the Loveramics brand.

Em’s go-to order is an oat latte/iced latte but she also loves a batch brew.

costa lambropoulos.

Costa keeps the cogs turning in the warehouse, making sure your coffee orders are shipped across the country in a timely manner. On top of Locale, he also looks after dispatch for Loveramics.

Costa comes with a wealth of experience having worked in service & warehouse roles for a few other roasters, and joining the Locale family in early 2020.

He’s a long-time espresso stan, but starts every day with a homemade greek coffee.

Now you’ve met our HQ crew & key in-state contacts. These superstars are backed up by awesome tech & training support staff, as well as a killer back-of-house team working out of Coburg in VIC.

Hit the button below to get in touch…we always love a chat! Or for more on wholesale/cafe supply, head over to our wholesale page.