‘My preference goes out to the washed Ethiopian coffees which have a softer flavor. Within the team, it’s motivating to see how everyone is focused on great coffee. Whereas for my role in logistics, for me it’s about mirroring the quality of the service to the quality of the coffee.’
‘My best coffee experience was the adventurous sourcing trip we made to Ethiopia. We had to go from jeep to motorbike to walking over small muddy roads to discover a new coffee farm. At Trabocca, I work with clients to find out their needs and match them with the right coffee.’
‘With my background as a barista trainer, I always knew that specialty coffee runs through a lot of hands and that for quality in the cup all of them have their role to play. But this was not really real until my first origin trip to Ethiopia, where I got to see and experience the multitude of people doing their best to make a special cup of coffee. As Quality Supervisor I evaluate Trabocca’s coffees, from offer sample to arrival, this to ensure that the customer gets the coffee they want.‘
‘It’s a pleasure to get to enjoy some of the best coffees in the world every day at the office. With years of experience in logistics and the international coffee business, I can anticipate the priorities of the client and what the necessary steps are to move coffee around the world.’
‘While roasting my coffee in a pan back in the day, I first experienced the changes in smell and color which resulted in a fresh coffee. I was amazed! Most important to me is my passion to explore, create and improve the supply chain, while sharing our experience and knowledge.'
‘I will never forget the first time I drank a Geisha Panama coffee from the Chemex: so clean and pure. My focus here is to try and to see things from a client’s perspective. I always make sure we are on the same page and advise the best option available.'
‘It was a proud moment for me to see Haile Gebre, the first farmer I worked with, develop as a key preferred supplier of various sustainable specialty coffee chains. At Trabocca, I always like to hear a Key Buyer explain what makes them tick, what makes them smile and what makes them sad. This way I get the satisfaction of finding tailor-made solutions.'
'I’ve been fortunate to experience many great coffee moments during my career in coffee, however, one which really stands out for me is when I was able to share a cup of coffee with a farmer in Tanzania who had been growing coffee for over 25 years and had never tried his own coffee before. At Trabocca I am responsible for sourcing coffee from Ethiopia. I bring knowledge and experience of working for an exporter in East Africa to manage and maintain the relationship between our suppliers and meet the needs and requirements of Trabocca and our customers.'
'The saturated sweetness of a Villa Rican yellow Caturra straight from the berry; it struck me how complex the world of coffee could be; from the silky honeyed fruit that I was tasting to the textured crema it would make on an espresso. I wanted to be a part of that and landed in a place where I can contribute to the quality of a great product'
'My most memorable coffee experience happened totally by coincidence when I stayed in a plantation which doubled as a hostel in Colombia. On a tour, we picked coffee and roasted some in a pan; Ethiopian style. I was hooked in a new way. Three months later I quit my city job and moved country to work with coffee. Equally memorable was my first visit to Ndaroini with Menno. 400 farmers turned up out of nowhere to greet us, some had driven all the way across the country, incredible. At Trabocca, I aim to share this passion with whoever will listen.'
'My most memorable coffee moment was when I visited the port of Singapore at young age accompanying my father to take some coffee samples for our formerly family-owned commodity trading firm. The big piles of coffee bags and the scale of the warehouse made an ever-lasting impression on me. From that moment onwards commodity trading has kept my interest. Starting my career at Trabocca has fulfilled my wish to work in commodity trading and moreover enables me to connect people from all over the world with amazing coffees.'