William Gutierrez
The founder of Santa Lucia Estate Coffee, Nicaraguan native William Gutierrez came to the US to live the American dream. Already active in Agro Trade, the Specialty Coffee industry arose in the early 90’s and the beautiful Coffee cherries of Nicaragua were unknown in the US.  William saw a niche of changing Coffee palettes in the restaurant setting and began to introduce this premium product to the hospitality industry through the DC region and nationwide.  Bean by bean he knocked on doors of Chefs and Managers that cared, made them think about the coffee they served and grew the Santa Lucia brand.

Twenty five years later and no less passionate William still believes in the coffee of Nicaragua and the quality cup it represents. He’s grateful for all the people the industry has brought into his life and thrilled to watch the family business he built survive through the storms.Travel and Family are the pillars of William’s life. An avid traveler to unique destinations around the globe there are always more checks on Williams bucket list. His favorite travel companions are his wife Jodi and sons Robert and Marco.
Jodi Lehr 
A long standing and enthusiastic member of Washington DCs hospitality community, Jodi’s professional passion has always been promoting Food and Beverage, Entertainment and the Nation’s Capital!

Joining husband William Gutierrez and working with Santa Lucia, one of Washington DC’s original sustainable coffee companies Jodi has loved seeing the outcome as Santa Lucia challenged Restaurants and hospitality centers to improve the coffee they serve by offering Nicaragua’s finest high mountain beans. 2020 has brought a new window of opportunity to Santa Lucia as they’ve joined the world of e-commerce bringing their coffee directly to the homes of restaurant patrons.

Prior or Santa Lucia Jodi worked on the other side of the industry most notably with acclaimed Chef Roberto Donna for 13 years building his Italian restaurant group during the formative years of the celebrity Chef driven Restaurant industry. In addition to selling great parties and fabulous events as the first Chefs Assistant in Washington DC. there were stints as the Marketing Director of a large tourist attraction, Nightclub Promoter and Corporate Event planner in San Francisco Ca.

Great people, travel, food and wine have keep Jodi going although her greatest passion is her family…highlighted by her two sons Robert and Marco