Team & vacancies

We want to give people the power to participate in the transition towards a world where every resource is used to its fullest potential. Our ultimate goal is to become the world’s largest biorefinery for coffee waste. With our interdisciplinary team and complementary personalities we are dedicated to make a change for the better; starting with your daily cup of coffee. We are not merely recycling coffee waste, we create value. We make products that fit your customers conscious lifestyle.


Our values are:

  • Quality
    We offer high quality natural coffee based products
  • Care for the planet
    We take care by making the most of what nature offers, closing resource loops and making sure our internal processes are environmental friendly.
  • Passion
    Our team is passionately driven to change the world for the better. We are continuously working on improving our products and services, without compromising.

Our team

Marie Claire Zernitz

With Caffe Inc., everything came together for Marie Claire. A start-up, a motivated team, a business related to coffee and making a positive impact made Caffe Inc. a great opportunity for her. Marie Claire has gained a lot of experience working for Unilever and NS Stations, as well as running her own sustainable snacks start-up.

With her background and commercial skills, we look forward to taking Caffe Inc. to the next level with Marie Claire as CEO!

Evaluna Marquez

For Evaluna Caffe Inc. is much more than developing a great idea. It is about becoming pioneers on waste valorization and demonstrating that nowadays waste equals value. Evaluna is determined to share this great circular solution with the world!

Evaluna is a dedicated scientist and entrepreneur who is passionate about the bio-based economy. In 2018, the idea of making printing ink out of coffee waste started. Evaluna brings her expertise in Chemistry and Environmental Sciences to the team. Due to her analytical thinking and experience in the laboratory she manages the development of the CaffeInc technology.

Nicola Lai

Nicola is here to take Caffe inc. to the next level by ensuring regular and high-quality production of upcycled coffee oil from waste grounds.

With a background in Sustainable Technology and Process engineering and industrial chemical engineering, Nicola has experience as a bioprocess engineer in a startup environment. With his passion for sustainability and extroverted nature, Nicola has found a special place in Amsterdam. With Nicola as our Operational Plant Manager, Caffe inc is ready to grow to its full potential.

Nageshvar Patel

As R&D Director, Nageshvar’s visionary approach ensures that Caffe Inc. remains at the forefront of innovation, delivering exceptional coffee oils with the highest standards of quality.

Bringing a wealth of expertise to our team, Nageshvar has a distinguished background encompassing six years of experience in developing rapid and non-destructive analytical solutions, for food quality and safety analysis, Nageshvar is a true innovator in his field. His focus on enhancing plant and dairy protein, lipids, and meat quality demonstrates his commitment to excellence.

Joris van der Zwaluw

Joris is here to ensure the coffee oils produced by Caffe inc. are always especially high quality.

Joris is a passionate chemistry student with a strong focus on the food and drinks industry. With a background in Chemical Engineering from Eindhoven and specialization in Analytical Chemistry in Amsterdam, Joris brings valuable expertise to our team at Caffe Inc.


Elena Benfield

Elena ensures that our workspace reflects Caffe Inc.’s dedication to positive change and innovation.

Embodying the role of Office Manager at Caffe Inc., she harnesses her academic background in Sustainability Science and a recent Masters in ‘Sustainable Business and Innovation’ from Utrecht University to infuse our office operations with purpose-driven practices. With an innate passion for sustainability, Elena adeptly merges organizational prowess with a commitment to eco-consciousness.

Stefan Himal

Stefan’s role as a problem solver is indispensable in our startup environment, as he ingeniously devises in-house solutions to tackle unique challenges that arise.

He joins us with a wealth of experience, having previously served as a supervisor at manufacturing plants where his expertise in machine operations shines. Stefan’s practical know-how and innovative mindset synergize seamlessly, positioning him as a key driver of operational excellence within our team.

Board of advice

Caffe Inc.’s dedicated core team is supported by an experienced advisory board. Currently the advisory board consists of two members with experience in building and growing sustainable start-ups and companies.

Elfrieke van Galen

Elfrieke van Galen is a sustainability and business expert. She has a legal background and extensive management experience in the logistics and service industries. She has over 20 years of experience in the aviation industry as Managing Director of KLM Cityhopper, KLM’s UK CEO, Senior Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility and Corporate Communication at KLM. Currently, Elfrieke is partner at TheRockGroup and full fills several non- executive roles.

Daphne Truijens

Daphne Truijens has an academic background in law and philosophy and has 7 years of experience in research-driven innovation. She scouts (academic) research and translates it into accessible information and useful tools, in co-creation with governments and businesses, and empowers the next generation of researchers to do the same!  Former positions include: project manager of the Valorisation Program Rotterdam, project manager Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship, Founder of THRIVE PhD Academy, Lead Circular Economy and Healthcare Innovation at SMO.

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