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:

We offer high quality natural coffee based products

We take care by making the most of what nature offers, closing resource loops and making sure our internal processes are environmental friendly.

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


Evaluna Marquez


Nicola Lai

Operational Plant Manager

Nageshvar Patel

R&D Director

Elena Benfield

Administration, Operation and communication

Elvisona Gjonaj

Quality Control support

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

Elvisona was born in Albania and raised in Greece where she obtained her bachelor degree in chemistry. With her passion for environmental and social justice, and her background in analytical chemistry, she ensures that high quality ingredients are sent to the market by executing the analyses for quality control. She works with Caffe Inc. alongside her masters in energy and sustainability.

Susana He Wu

R&D Intern

Originally from Aruba, Susana plays a key role in expanding our product portfolio by analyzing methods of novel product extraction from spent coffee grounds.

She is a final year student at Utrecht University of Applied Sciences with her degree in chemistry. Her experience as a R&D analyst in her previous role at BASF shines when planning and conducting research independently.

Mykola Dmytruk

R&D intern

Mykola plays a pivotal role in affirming the value of our product within the Food and Beverage industry.

Currently in his fourth year at The Hague University of Applied Sciences, specializing in Process Engineering and Food Technology, he is undertaking the research focused on the application of our coffee flour in bakery items. With a solid background as an Application Technologist, Mykola brings valuable experience from his work with meat substitutes, enriching our R&D team's expertise and driving innovation in our product development.

Alberto Franken

R&D Intern

Alberto, alongside Mykola, will be validating Caffe Inc.'s food grade products and finding value within the Food and Bevarage industry.

As a final year Process & Food Technology student at THUAS, he will utilize his experience in improving recipe for vegan ice-cream and producing biogas from organic waste.

Elfrieke van Galen

Board member

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

Board member

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.