Meet the algrano team

Full of passion about coffee and technology.

algrano's journey so far...

2015
January

The project is selected for the Startup Brazil programme. The team also welcomes Fabio - who develops the entire platform from scratch.

June

algrano is launched at World of Coffee in Gothenburg, Sweden. The platform scoops the Specialty Coffee Association of Europe's coveted IT & Tech Innovation Award.

December

The founders move back to Switzerland after a year being close to producers in the Brazilian coffee fields.

June

Traded volumes increase, a second employee joins the team to support in managing logistics and back office tasks.

2016
December

Algrano launches a semi-automatized logistic back-end to increase efficiency in contract execution and on its buyers’ end.

June

FairTrade joins forces with algrano to build a new way of trading coffee. Algrano launches the first fully transparent and customizable supply chain for roasters. Additionally, algrano hires the first sales manager to increase expansion speed.

2017
May

Algrano attracts the interest of several private investors and raises more than 2 million CHF to finance its expansion strategy and moves its office from Zug to Zürich.

2018
January

Algrano becomes a team of 13 employees including experts in software development, design, marketing and sales, coffee quality and logistics.

2019
April

Algrano has signed up 527 European roasters, 563 producers and 74 cooperatives

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Meet the team

Christian Burri

Product and Marketing

Christian has a background in digital media and physics. With these combined skills, he plans and manages the development of algrano’s online platform, and our marketing and communication activities. Before algrano, Christian worked for a Swiss consulting company based in Santiago, Chile.

Best coffee? Directly on the field, together with the producers.

Gilles Brunner

Sourcing and Partnerships

Gilles studied international relations before moving into the coffee world working for a coffee merchant, based in Switzerland and Brazil. At algrano, Gilles is the growers and exporters main contact. As a Q-grader he understands all the coffees on algrano.

Best coffee? At the farm!

Raphael Studer

Finance and Sales

During his PhD in Economics Raphael published academic articles on the modeling of human well-being. He worked in energy trading and led the merger of two Swiss SMEs. At algrano, Raphael is in charge of investor relations and the point of contact for roasters.

Best coffee? A sweet Aeropress in front of the surfvan shared with my family, overlooking the ocean

Veronika Kečkéšová

Quality manager

Professional barista with a background in English language studies, Veronika makes sure that the green beans find their way to the right shelf, right file and the right person.

Best coffee? Filter, whatever place or setting. I enjoy it the most when there is no reason to rush.

Patrick Switzer

Marketing

A Canadian World Champion downhill skateboard racer, professional barista and NŸCHA Kombucha Co-Founder/Brewer. At algrano, Patrick empowers coffee growers and roasters through collaboration, events and trips.

Best coffee? A natural filter with hints of fermenty-funk!

Susanna Sarkki

Sales Manager

Susanna has an MBA in International Business and her career background is in marketing and sales. She has worked in the sports, technology and food industry. At algrano, Susanna is responsible for sales and marketing in the Nordic countries.

Best coffee? Cappuccino with Oat milk

Tom Booth

Sales Director UK

Tom has over 10 years experience in the UK coffee industry before joining Algrano in 2019. From cafe operations to training and heading up a sales team for a leading coffee roaster. Tom is our UK Sales Director, responsible for managing the Algrano platform for all roasters in the UK.

Best coffee? In the morning a flat white and in the afternoon a Chemex with a fresh and funky natural.

Megi Jaupi

Data Analyst

While finishing her Master degree in Quantitative Finance, Megi uses financial knowledge to ask business relevant questions and answers them with meaningful analyses based on the platform’s data.

Best coffee? An espresso, at some local coffee shop in northern Italy

Fabio Kuhn

Software developer

Fabio is a talented software developer from Basel who decided to settle down in Samaipata, high up in the mountains in Bolivia. Fabio joined algrano in late 2014 from his Bolivian outpost and he has been in charge of the platform development ever since.

Best coffee? A single origin coffee best as a filter brew in a nice coffee shop where it's freshly roasted.

Zmago Devetak

Platform engineer

Curious, kind and funny, and with a background in Economics and Informatics, Zmago builds new features for the algrano platform.

Best coffee? Filter coffee. Preferably at home, early in the morning.

Laura Gonzalez

Service Designer

Laura comes from Medellín in Colombia. As a service designer, she is improving the algrano experience for coffee roasters and coffee producers around the world.

Best coffee? Filter coffee. Exploring new places! Going around the city, searching for new coffee shops and tasting different origins.

Nadine Schalbetter

Logistics and Administration

Adventurous, straightforward and helpful, Nadine takes care of administration and coordinates the logistics together with the cooperatives.

Best coffee? At algrano, where it is always a surprise what flavour you get and what the story is behind the coffee.

Piotr Klosinski

Platform engineer

Self-taught software engineer, with a curiosity for all things web and pragmatic approach to creating software. Responsible for helping create the best technical solutions at algrano.

Best coffee? I'm only about to discover a true taste of coffee that's nothing like the commercially sold ones. As of now, quality mate blend serves me best.

Davide Iaquinta

Sales manager

Davide holds a BSc in Economics from The Netherlands and worked at Microsoft in sales for two years. As an Italian, he has an innate passion for coffee. Davide is responsible for sales and marketing in the DACH countries and Italy at algrano.

Best coffee? An espresso in Naples.

Richard Bliault

Trade and Relationship Development

Richard has worked for International Traders at the origin in East Africa and at destination in Europe after studying International Rural Development in the UK. The contact for Mid and Large-sized roasters and anyone looking to explore how algrano can diversify their sourcing.

Best coffee? The first one in the morning before heading into the field.

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