Full of passion about coffee and technology.
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.
The founders move back to Switzerland after a year being close to growers in the Brazilian coffee fields.
Traded volumes increase, a second employee joins the team to support in managing logistics and back office tasks.
Algrano launches a semi-automatized logistic back-end to increase efficiency in contract execution and on its buyers’ end.
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.
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.
Algrano becomes a team of 13 employees including experts in software development, design, marketing and sales, coffee quality and logistics.
Algrano has signed up 527 European roasters, 563 growers and 74 cooperatives
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.
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
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
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 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 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.
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 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.
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.
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 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 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.
With a background in the Financial Industry and currently in the last year of her bachelor studies in Economics, Lara is responsible for Accounting, HR, and Administration.
Best coffee? A cappuccino along with a piece of cake :)
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.
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 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.
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 experience needs, business goals and tech possibilities.
Best coffee? A cold brew arabica in a Siciliano cocktail!
A black Labrador Retriever born on May 27, 2019. She is destined to become a guide dog for the blind. Before she leaves us someday :(, her job at algrano is to cheer us up and conjure smiles on our faces.
Best coffee? Puppyccino
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
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 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!