Cole Torode

2x Canada Barista Champion, Rosso Coffee Roasters, Forward Coffee


Cole is the Director of Coffee at Rosso Coffee Roasters and has spent the last ten years in the specialty coffee sector, with a focus on legendary client services, transparent coffees and strong relationships, as well as competing in different sectors of coffee sport.

As the 2018 and 2019 Canadian National Barista Champion, I had the opportunity to represent Canada on the World stage and both times placed amongst the top 5. Today, my focus is on educating and strengthening the Canadian coffee industry via support through two avenues, a roasting + cafe business, Rosso Coffee Roasters and our newly established sister company, Forward Specialty Green Coffee Importers.

Cole's Sessions

How Can Global Consumer Markets Bounce Back after COVID-19 (Panel)


“Through every dark night, there’s a bright day” – Tupac Shakur The major specialty coffee consumer markets have faced unique challenges during COVID-19, as we are being forced to change our business models on the fly to survive. The silver lining: the coffee industry is now innovating faster than ever before. Everything from sales to […]