Triangle Coffee was conceived by Ben Schmerler and Ottavio Siani in late 2013 while traveling to Indonesia for Root Capital, an impact focused financial institution that provides loans to agricultural businesses in developing countries.  Ben and Ottavio bonded over the incredible impact purchasing high end coffee can have on rural communities around the world and their shared love for tasty coffee.



Ottavio has worked with coffee producers in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Mexico, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Indonesia analyzing and training medium sized agricultural business for Root Capital.  He is a coffee fanatic, terrible surfer. slow runner and tall.



Ben is an Investment Relations Director at Root Capital focused on designing and launching innovative models for corporate partners to invest in the base of the pyramid. Previously, Ben managed global supply chain programs for Fair Trade USA and has worked in over 40 countries worldwide and speaks French, Spanish, Wolof, Bahasa and a few other lesser known languages.


The prophecy claims that Tommy rolled into town around sundown on a steed half-dead, with a fire in his belly and a glint in his eye. His saddlebags held magical beans that'd give a man the strength of a steer and the mind of a magician (given the perfect extraction, that is).


Sara is from Somerville!