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Meet the Algrano team

Full of passion about coffee and technology

Algrano's journey so far...

Jan 2015

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

Jun, 2015

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.

Dec, 2015

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

Jun, 2016

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

Dec, 2016

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

Jun, 2017

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.

May, 2018

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.

Jan, 2019

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

Apr, 2019

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

Meet the team

Christian Burri
Product Manager

With a background in digital media and physics, Christian worked for a Swiss consulting company based in Santiago. Christian plans and manages the development of algrano’s online platform, and its marketing and communication activities.

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

Gilles Brunner
Sourcing and operations

Before working on development projects with Brazilian coffee growers, Gilles studied international relations. At algrano Gilles is the growers and exporters main contact. As a Q-grader he understands all the coffees on algrano.

Best coffee? TBD

Raphael Studer
Finance and Sales

During his PhD in economics, Raphael published academic articles on the modeling of human well-being. At algrano, he takes care of the well-being of the company: he deals with the numbers, heads the finance and sales departments, and is in charge of investor relations.

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.

Susanna Sarkki
Sales Managers Nordics/Baltics & Eastern Europe

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.

Fabio Kuhn
Lead software engineer

Fabio is a talented software engineer from Basel who lived for a couple of years in Samaipata, high up in the mountains in Bolivia. Fabio joined algrano in 2014 from this 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
Software 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.

Piotr Klosinski
Software 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.

Luiza Pereira Furquim
Discoveries Manager

Luiza worked as a journalist in Sāo Paulo, Brazil, until 2016 when she embraced coffee as a career. She started as a barista, moved to the UK and soon got involved in roasting. She was head roaster at Ancoats before joining algrano.

Best coffee? A Kalita from a clean natural with pineapple notes or, on tougher days, industrial quantities of a chocolatey and bright Guatemala brewed on a Curtis.

Davide Iaquinta
Sales Manager DACH/Italy

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.

Gert-Jan Eling
Operations Manager

Gert-Jan has a background in operations & logistics and worked previously in chemical, petrochemical, and mining industry. He is responsible for shipping coffee safely around the world to your doorstep.

Best coffee? A Chemex on a lazy Sunday morning.

Maria Barikhina
Head of Marketing and Brand

Originally from Russia, now a citizen of the world. I’m passionate about marketing, brands, coffee and storytelling. I am a serious coffeeholic. I have 10 years of marketing experience and my professional purpose is to help people get inspired by the brands I work with. In my free time i do improv and live storytelling.

Best coffee? Aeropress coffee in a plane at 13 000m

Jon Kyte
Front-End Designer

Jon is a designer and front-end developer passionate about inclusive design and putting the user at the heart of what we do. Jon is responsible for the look and feel of the Algrano platform.

Best coffee? A flat white in a busy cafe whilst watching the world go by.

Simon Streit
Business Analyst

With a background in business innovation and experience in management consulting, Simon helps to define the future of Algrano products and processes by unifying customer needs, business goals and tech possibilities.

Best coffee? A cold brew arabica in a Siciliano cocktail!

Krystyna Waterhouse
Business Analyst

With a background in data analytics and tech/travel industries, Krystyna is passionate about a data-driven, user-led approach when shaping a product.

Best coffee? Nothing better than lingering over a pot of Chemex on a Sunday morning

Coen van Sprang
Customer Success Manager

All round coffee professional and Dutch barista champion. After his career as a barista, Coen worked around the world to expand his coffee knowledge as a quality manager, Q Grader and coffee roaster. At Algrano he supports roasters by helping them leverage the power of the platform to source coffees directly.

Best coffee? A rare variety or wildly fermented coffee, one that surprises and excites!

Jessica Giacetti
Quality Control Lab

Jessica has quite a deep background in coffee, starting from Italy, where she's from and where she started to be a barista&roaster in Venice, to London and Australia afterwards where she developed her skills and passion on specialty coffee. Now part of the Quality Control Lab team at Algrano! The other huge passion? Dogs! Currently studying to be a dog trainer as well.

Best coffee? It used to be espresso (of course, I'm Italian lol!) but now my deep love goes to a nice cup of v60..and cupping of course!

Eli Elisa Blaich
Sourcing Manager

With a masters degree in international trading and years of experience in the agricultural trading world across multiple countries, Eli possesses a broad range of knowledge across all aspects of international supply chains, trade finance and shipping. Coffee is her passion and she loves to connect to growers and their stories.

Best coffee? A filter coffee with tropical flavours made with love

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