Teija is originally from Finland, she worked in London for two years before moving to Zambia in 2000. For last twelve years Teija has worked in coffee industry in Zambia initially as coffee taster and Coffee Quality and Marketing Manager at Munali Coffee. Once Munali Coffee got their first roasting plant, she helped to develop the Munali Coffee brand locally getting Zambian coffee to the café’s, restaurants and hotels in Lusaka and rest of Zambia. She also was involved in creating international market for the brand.
In 2007 Teija started her own roasting company, Marika’s Coffee, in Lusaka. She has established Marika’s as a strong local brand which does also coffee equipment, barista training and maintenance. She also roasts Munali Coffee brand as well as new Peaberry Coffee Brand importing high quality single origin coffees.
Teija started Zambia National Barista Championships together with Zambia Coffee Growers Association in 2007. She certified as a WBC judge first time in 2009, and has been judging World Coffee Events ever since. She is also certified WCIGS and WLAC judge and she has been WCE representative since 2014.
Teija chaired Zambia Coffee Growers Association from 2010 to 2014, and is still a Vice chairperson of the board. She also is a board member of African Fine Coffee Association (AFCA) as well as Coffee Board of Zambia.