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.


Zach’s enthusiasm for speciality coffee began in his RA’s dorm room in college when he learned that coffee could be scientific, collaborative, and delicious. Now years removed from these initial moments, he works as CEO and partner of Triangle Coffee has launched and managed three cafés: Boston's number 1 rated cafe two years running, Gracenote Coffee, Triangle Coffee at BCG, and Stimulus Coffee Bar at Draper Labs.