Meet Our Staff
Emeran Langmaid: owner
A native of Kansas City, Kansas, Emeran Langmaid came to New Hampshire the way many young people do: for a job. With degrees in Textile Technology and Manufacturing, Emeran moved north to work for outdoor-apparel company, Eastern Mountain Sports, whom she was with for two years, working in men’s apparel, outerwear and accessories. In the meantime, her husband Adam (the “A” in A&E) began roasting coffee at home as a hobby, enjoying it with Emeran and giving it to friends and family. Emeran, looking for a change, decided to make the jump to coffee, starting a small roasting company in 2001. The café followed a year later.
Emeran fell in love with the Central American culture through mission trips she made to the Dominican Republic. Now, as an owner of a boutique coffee roastery, Emeran finds that a commodity like coffee has the potential to overcome some of the socio-economic challenges faced by indigenous peoples in third-world countries. This philosophy, along with an environmental consciousness, drives much of how A&E selects and purchases its coffees. She is passionate about coffee and tea, and strives to balance excellent quality with sustainability.
Credentials: Q Grader, SCAA Lead Instructor, Barista Guild Level 1 certified, USBC Barista Judge, USBC Brewers Cup Judge, mom to two amazing kids, wife to “A”, triathlete
Mark Small, roaster
Mark is a New Hampshire native. He enjoys specialty beverages, especially coffee and beer. Mark and his wife have been A&E Coffee & Tea customers since the early years. When their kids were all in school, Mark started roasting. He is an excellent roaster, calm, quite, matter of fact, and intensely focused.
Credentials: Roasters Guild member, Roasters Guild Level 1 certified, father to three fantastic kids, musician
Rachel Niemi: Quality Control, Trainer
Rachel has been with A&E since 2010! She graduated from Ohio University with a degree in environmental biology. She is certainly a scientist when it comes to coffee! Rachel pays close attention to the details and passing her knowledge along to others. She has high standards, and it shows in her dedication to training, packaging and implementing programs. Rachel loves order (again think scientist) and runs a tight ship in Manchester. With such cafe know-how, she is an excellent resource for our wholesale accounts as well.
Credentials: Barista Guild member, Barista Level 1 certified, animal lover (especially giraffes and kitties), beer enthusiast, Minion fanatic
kathi sudol: amherst cafe manager
Kathi heralds from New Hampshire, but is a true child of the globe. She has traveled internationally working with youth in challenging situations. She is a great mentor and used art to foster relationships. Along with managing the staff in Amherst, she runs an after school art class for refugee kids in Manchester. She is also a musician and plays for her church band.
Nichole DeClerq: Wholesale Manager
Nichole is a Mass native, but has been in NH for many years. She has worked at A&E for many years as well, starting in the cafe and moving into the wholesale side last year. Nichole is responsible for handling all our wholesale accounts. She follows up with accounts on a weekly bases, takes orders, sends out samples, and makes all our retail coffee bags look beautiful. (Nichole has wonderful handwriting, which is just one indication of her pride in the products she packages.) Ultimately, she treats our customers with respect.
madeline jones: Apotheca Cafe Manager
Madeline is an inspiration. She manages the cafe inside Apotheca Flowers in Goffstown. As a graphic artist, she sees the world in a unique light, and brings inspiration to those around her. Madeline is from New Jersey, but found her way to New Hampshire via the NH Institute of Art. You may find her riding her bike around town or sketching a flower.
kadie bourgouin: manchester Cafe Manager
Kadie is one of the sweetest persons, and we have her graciously serving guests in our Manchester location. She leads with a smile and a kind word. Kadie is from Goffstown, so she has ventured into the big city of Manchester.
Samantha cassista: Amherst Cafe Assistant Manager
Sam is wonder woman. She has a full time job working with Harbor Homes, a social service non-profit agency that serves the southern NH area. She is an event coordinator among other things there. Plus, she is our weekend assistant manager in Amherst. She has a pep to her step and brings an energy and liveliness to all that she does.