Meet the algrano family

full of passion about coffee and technology

algrano's journey so far...


While Gilles was working on development projects with Brazilian coffee growers, he realised that they needed an online tool to connect to their customers in global markets.


Pioneered by co-founders Gilles, Christian and Raphael, the project is selected for a startup programme in Chile. Six months later, the first beta version of the platform is developed and presented to 13 fairtrade cooperatives across Brazil.


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


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.


Growers from Brazil, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Guatemala are already collaborating with, and selling their coffee to, roasters located in seven countries across Europe.


An experienced Board of Directors is established. Sabine joins the team to support the back office operation.


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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? On 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.

Constantin Hoppenz

Product manager coffee

Coffee creative and German brew master, Constantin manages algrano’s specialty coffee offers, organises events and builds relationships with roasters and growers.

Best coffee? Straight from the coffee bowl. Ground cofee and water in a cup. Nothing else :)

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.

Peter Lerch

Key Account Manager

Peter is the coffee veteran at algrano with 30 years’ experience in procurement, supply chain management, trading, quality assurance and as a business advisor. He is responsible for setting up the supply chain in new origins, for sales to customers and as the coach of the team.

Best coffee? At home brewed on my espresso machine.

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