The Team


Tim Heinze is a native of Houston, Texas (USA). He received his Bachelor of Arts from Howard Payne University where he met his wife, Molly. The Heinze family moved to China in 2009 and commenced Chinese language studies at Yuxi Normal University.

In 2010, Tim was hired by Hani Coffee Co., Ltd. (Kunming) as the Vice President of Operations for China. After leading the company through several years of successful development and expansion, Tim purchased the company in 2014. At the beginning of 2015, Tim relocated the Hani Coffee Co. headquarters to Pu’er (Yunnan) in order to position the company at the very center of China’s burgeoning coffee industry.

Tim holds international coffee certifications from CQI (Arabica Q-Grader 2014) and the SCAA (Green Buyer L1, Taster L1&L2, Barista L1, Roaster L1&L2, Golden Cup Certification, ). He is also a Specialized Instructor with the Specialty Coffee Association of America. Tim is passionate about specialty coffee in particular and the development of China’s coffee industry in general. He can be found on the farms, at the labs, and in his office.

Nicole Xiao

Nicole Xiao is a native of Kunming, the capital of Yunnan Province. In 2012, Nicole graduated from university and went on to receive her CET4 and BEC Certifications. As Tim’s Executive Assistant, Nicole oversees monthly bookkeeping, order processing, and government liaisons. She specializes in solving problems and getting stuff done!

Grace Lee

Grace Lee is a native of Kunming, the capital of Yunnan Province. In 2011, Grace graduated from Yunnan Finance and Economics University. She speaks fluent English. From 2012 to 2015, Grace worked as a translator and a photographer for a foreign organization. Now she is working for Hani Coffee Co. managing their social media channels and online stores.

Tian Cai

Tian Cai is a native of Guangxi Province, relocating to Yunnan in 2005. He met his wife, Yan Mei, in Yunnan’s beautiful, tropical paradise, Xishuangbanna. The Cai family moved to Pu’er in 2015 to join the Hani Coffee Co family.

Tian Cai is responsible for overseeing roasting, packaging, quality control and inventory. His passion for the highest quality local coffees and tweek-perfect roasting are the foundation for ensuring that each customer has the best possible coffee experience.

Tian Cai is certified by the SCAE in Roasting and Barista.

Cameron King

Cameron King is a graduate of San Angelo State University, with an undergraduate degree in International Business.

Cameron’s experience working for Bishop Distributing LLC (international distribution) paired with his heart to see community development in rural areas has been a great match for Hani Coffee Co.

Cameron is still undertaking Chinese language studies and will commence his full-time roll as Business Development Manager upon completion.

Kate Kinahan

Kate Kinahan holds a Bachelor and Master Degree in Chinese law from Nanjing University (China) and a Diploma in International Relations from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (China). Kate is fluent in spoken and written Mandarin Chinese.

As a foreigner, Kate claims the rare privilege of having officially worked with the Chinese Judicial Organ. Numerous articles have been written about Kate in the mainstream Chinese media. She also receives regular correspondence from academics and business leaders throughout China regarding her published articles.

Joshua Jagelman

Joshua Jagelman has served in senior management, leadership, and consulting positions for corporate and not-for-profit organizations in Australia and China since 2002.

Joshua sits on the Board of Directors for numerous private equity companies and NGOs, including Integrity Services Global (P/L), Armstrong Chase Investments (P/L), Golden Resource Developments (P/L) and Just Projects International (501c).

Joshua currently lives “at origin” with his family. He is an SCAA certified Green Coffee Buyer and holds SCAE certification in Sensory and Roasting.

Company Values

Hani Coffee Co exists to provide its customers with excellence in specialty coffee while promoting sustainable community development among regional coffee growers.

  • Prioritizing long-term partnerships built on honesty, respect and trust.
  • Committing only to high-quality products and best-practice procedures.
  • Fostering a culture of passion and joy for coffee among our customers, partners and staff.
  • Encouraging and supporting our employees to discover, work in, and pursue their strengths.
  • Providing financial assistance to stimulate continuous development in farming communities.

Social Responsibility

Producing great coffee is only one of our goals. We are also committed to inspiring, facilitating and partnering with local communities to see positive change. Each time you drink a cup of Hani Coffee, you are partnering with us to make a difference in the lives regional farming communities.

Some of the projects we coordinate among local coffee-growing communities include medical clinics, clean water strategies and educational assistance. Visit our social media sites for regular updates on local events and projects.