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, an enthusiastic yet terrible surfer. slow but steady runner and tall.