MEET THE TEAM
Rubens Gardelli – Founder, Head Roaster
Rubens is the definition of the self-made man, and it is not the pursuit of sales or fame, but the passion and curiosity that has driven his coffee company from the ground up. He grew up in his parents’ cafe but really discovered his interest in the world of coffee by experimenting with roasting as an adult who, at the time, was quite down on his luck. He knew it was time to make a change and to dive into something completely different if he wanted to get out of his slump. He bought a 50 g roasting machine, and with an open mind and no previous experience or knowledge of the “rules of roasting,” he was free of any boundaries and used his senses and creativity to guide him in his trials.
He is a nerd when it comes to investigating the botanical and cultural aspects of coffee. He’s also very picky in his work, which he really doesn’t regard as work at all – he could be out dancing or tasting new coffees and having the same amount of fun. In 2014, he entered his first competition for pleasure, but hasn’t stopped winning since – he became the 2018 World Coffee Roasting Champion and regards this honour as an expression of his passion. His self-taught approach and drive to compete has brought him to the forefront of the specialty coffee industry, and from that 50g roaster, to a 300g then a 700g self-built machine, to a 5g roaster and currently a 15kg machine, he has worked his way to the top the old-fashioned way – from the heart.
Even though his business has been growing, he still roasts every batch of Gardelli Specialty Coffees personally to ensure perfection in every bag.
*****WCE World Coffee Roasting Champion*****
1st place 2014 WCE Italy Brewers Cup competition video
Cinzia Valli – Order Manager
Cinzia, the mother of our founder, helps in the roastery by packing and labelling each bag by hand and fulfilling your orders.
All of her sacrifices and all of her work-filled days just to take good care of her son are now paying off.
She’s a very proud mom and the woman behind Gardelli Specialty Coffees. She is always supporting her son and still working many hours but always with a pretty smile on her face! She is a lover of art and culture: she loves travelling, visiting art museums and she has a great sense of style and an eye for fashion, and even named her only son Rubens after one of her favorite painters. She is an integral part of our team and her contributions are indispensable to the success of our ever-growing company.
Veronica Maltoni – Marketing Manager
Veronica loves discovering new things and doesn’t limit herself to that which is within eyeshot. It is this curiosity has led her to new experiences and connections, as the one she has with GSC. Until 6 years ago she only drank tea; she hated the flavor of coffee because she only knew that of the classic Italian robusta. But one day she randomly discovered an equally curious guy in her hometown who worked with coffee and sold equipment to make filter coffee. She was really struck by his way of doing things, his enterprising spirit, and how he was unshaken by challenges. He told me how he had won awards for his coffee and how there is an entire world that revolves around specialty coffee. Obviously she had to investigate. She started to buy bags of coffee and photograph them (as she is a photographer by trade), then upload them to Instagram. Rubens saw the photos and after a few years they started to collaborate sporadically, until he finally asked her to join his team.
Elated and in need of a change, Veronica accepted and is currently responsible for marketing which is mainly composed of social media and marketing. She loves being a part of GSC and is growing so much professionally, working next to Rubens who is a perfectionist and always pushing her to do better. At the same time she’s got the freedom to manage her own time, split between work and being a mother to her son Valentino, a wonderful 5-year-old which whom she loves to spend her free time. He loves to play outside and they take advantage of any chance to be in contact with nature. Being there for him and having the ability to grow professionally are the things for which she is most grateful.
Anastasiya Kotova - Customer Service
Anastasiya is originally from Ukraine, and it is in her home country where she discovered the world of Specialty Coffee back in 2014. When she came to Italy in 2016 to start a master degree at the University of Bologna, coming across GSC became a wonderful discovery after some months of searching for Specialty Coffee. Just as some of her colleagues, she first become a loyal customer of GSC to join the team in 2019.
Her principal function is customer care: replying to the various requests and resolving issue when they arrise. She combines her passion for specialty coffee with her passion for research and is about to start her PhD degree in international law.
Matteo Coco - Head Barista
Matteo has nurtured curiosity about the world of hospitality ever since he started professional education in the industry.
He started working in catering at the age of 17, but his true passion has always been coffee, particularly latte art. Matteo got to know Rubens in 2013 during a friendly latte art competition, from whom he received the encouragement to enter the world of specialty coffee. Since that day, he has been studying eagerly all the aspects of coffee cultivation and production that come together in a cup. He reached the finals of Italian Latte Art championships thrice - in 2014, 2017 and 2020.
He is now proud to manage Gardelli Specialty Coffees flagship store.
Veronica Coco - Barista
Veronica is 23 years old, and she has been working in the coffee industry for some three years nowago. She was pursuing her studies when she approached the world of coffee by chance, thanks to her brother Matteo, - that encounter inspired her curiosity and eventually made her realise her future was not with the studies she had pursued.
Although she has been drinking coffee from a young age, now that she has discovered what an espresso shot or a cup of filter represents, she is eager to share and transmit the hard work and dedication of so many people that stand behind this everyday-staple beverage.
She is honoured to collaborate with Gardelli Specialty Coffees.
Valentina Palange - Social Media Manager
Valentina didn’t drink coffee until she was almost 30 years old. Then she discovered specialty coffee and fell in love with it!
She is a great lover of tasting: a passionate and certified wine-taster, she has come into contact with high-quality coffee by chance and decided to explore it in more depth. She has been studying specialty coffee constantly and tirelessly ever since.
Valentina's mission is what can be called coffee storytelling. In 2018 she founded "Specialty PaL", a communication project based mainly on Instagram, where she talks about quality coffee, focusing on micro-roasteries and sustainability aspects. Her aim with this project is to spread specialty coffee culture in Italy.
Passionate about communication and social media, she undertook the dedicated studies, obtaining the certification of Social Media Manager. She’s honoured to be part of the Gardelli Specialty Coffees' team.