Ben is the founder of Gold Mountain Coffee Growers, a direct trade social enterprise that connects farmers of exquisite specialty coffees in Nicaragua with roasters throughout the world by cutting out middlemen. Gold Mountain Coffee Growers has its own farm in Nicaragua called “Finca Idealista.” Ben created Gold Mountain Coffee Growers in 2007, when small local farmers asked him for help connecting with international markets. They were upset that the coffee economy did not allow them to support their families effectively. He bases the entire social enterprise on quality. Gold Mountain won the SCAE excellence award for sustainability in 2016 for what their specialty coffees achieve economically and environmentally for coffee communities, including the creation of a private rainforest reserve and free computing classes for girls from economically-challenged coffee communities. Ben is a lawyer by training who served as a foreign policy legislative assistant in the United States Senate before jumping exclusively into coffee. In the U.S. Senate he drafted legislation for a Senator and worked to make U.S. agencies more efficient. He also worked on issues such as environmental cleanups in Vietnam, improving the plight of refugees and persecuted populations, and cutting down on duplicative U.S. military spending. Ben holds a degree in Political Science from Washington University in St. Louis and a law degree from Boston College Law School. He is licensed to practice law in Massachusetts and the District of Columbia. He met his wife, Davinia, in Barcelona. They live in Washington, DC, Brussels, and Matagalpa.