Gloria Jean’s Coffees has announced the appointment of Kane Bodiam as global drinks development manager.

Bodiam will be responsible for the company’s market and industry research that will help with the development of new beverages for its menu. He will also be experimenting with different brewing methods of coffee.

Bodiam was a founder of two companies, a coffee school known as the National Barista Academy and Brutal Fabrication, a design company specialising in coffee machine development.

At Brutal Fabrication, Bodiam was heavily involved in both design and innovation, developing an understanding of how to manipulate coffee and its properties to achieve results that was innovative in the industry.

“It gives me great pleasure to welcome Kane to the team. He has extensive experience in the coffee and hospitality industry, as well as a mechanical and engineering background, and this role creatively moulds both passions together,” Matthew Button, global creative director, said.

As part of his new role, Kane will also be on the judging panel for The Cup of Excellence, an award given in the coffee industry internationally, and will be among a select group of international cuppers to judge the competition taking place this year in Rwanda.