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 Donald A. Pisano, President

Don is responsible for the daily management of the business activity and the office administration.

Don began his career in the commodities business in 1976 handling marine insurance and cargo claims for various agricultural commodities and has since built a career in the coffee industry focused on logistics management and contract administration.  At American Coffee Corp, he manages the import logistics and contract execution for the Hamburg Coffee Group’s North American operations. 

Don also actively contributes quite a bit of time to coffee industry associations and related activities. Having served the Green Coffee Association (GCA) for many years as a member of its Traffic and Warehouse Committee, its Contract and By-Laws Committee, as well as being a Technical Arbitrator for the Association, in 2005 Pisano joined the Board of Directors and was appointed chairman of its Traffic and Warehouse Committee.  His committee of over 20 logistics professionals is dedicated to tackling industry-wide problems and working to improve the transportation, storage, and handling of coffee imported into the United States. 

In addition to assisting the GCA, Don serves on the Board of Directors for the National Industrial Transportation League and served from 2010 to 2017 as Chairman of its Ocean Transportation Committee.  Don had previously served as chairman of the National Coffee Association’s Logistics Committee and had served 12 years as chairman of the Warehouse and License Committee of the New York Board of Trade.

Don and his wife Terry reside in Marlboro, New Jersey where they raised three lovely daughters, Kristie, Darlene and Lauren.  Don is now called Pop Pop by his six wonderful grandchildren.

 

 Anthony Caputo, Vice President

Anthony is our senior trader responsible for all coffee buying and selling activity and coordinating our activity with our parent company, Hamburg Coffee Company Hacofco mbH.  He graduated from Arizona State University and began his career with a hedge fund in New Jersey. 

Anthony joined American Coffee in 1996 as a junior trader to our founder Jeremy Woods who concentrated his efforts in developing the gourmet coffee market sector.  Later on, Anthony assumed more responsibilities in the more commercial Arabica and Robusta qualities.  

Anthony has developed a broad understanding of the global coffee trade and has earned a solid reputation within the trade with a distinct perspective of the coffee market. 

Anthony also serves the Green Coffee Association as a quality and technical arbitrator and has been an active member of various GCA committees. 

Anthony, his wife Lisa and son Alex live in Wayne, New Jersey.  

 

 Jose Rodriguez, Coffee Trader

Jose concentrates on sourcing coffee from our Latin American suppliers as well as sales to roaster clients, while performing futures executions, and coffee quality control which he excels at having earned his Q Grader certification in 2015.

Jose joined American Coffee in June of 2008 after graduating from Montclair State University in May 2008 with a BS in Business Administration with a concentration in International Business. 

Upon joining Amcof, he spent a year in our training program learning trading administration, traffic operations, and accounting functions.  Jose also was able to spend an extensive amount of time in our cupping room learning how to grade, cup, screen, test for humidity and develop a broad knowledge of coffee quality and flavor aspects. 

Jose is a native of Ecuador and now living in Northern New Jersey with his wife Candy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Brandon Dornier, Coffee Trader

         

Brandon Dornier is our newest employee joining us in May 2017 after three years with Intelligentsia Coffee.  Brandon graduated from Louisiana Tech University Cum Laude with a BS in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. He worked for 4 years as a lab technologist in Anatomic Pathology at the prestigious Mayo Clinic where his drive allowed for healthcare innovation in pediatric care including internationally published research. After a few winter camping trips to the Minnesota Boundary Waters, his itch to both serve and experience another culture led him to join  Peace Corps. With luck, he was assigned to a small coffee village outside Mbeya, Tanzania where the next 27 months proved to be a coffee experience of a lifetime.  Immersing himself in the Tanzanian culture and picking up Swahili along the way, Brandon collaborated with public, private and government organizations to initiate coffee projects and  establish the quality focused coffee cooperative Ukimwi Tuwezeshane, which continues to serve its' farmers in the Southern Highlands of Tanzania.  Finishing up his assignment, he worked with Tembo Coffee Company before returning stateside and his stint in Chicago.  Now with us in New Jersey, he is eagerly engaged in the coffee market and developing the skills and contacts which will further his successful career.

 

  Jackie Doray, Logistics Coordinator 

Jackie had extensive coffee experience in a wide range of locations prior to joining American Coffee in 2001.  Jackie, born and raised in Singapore, had worked in various taffic and administrative roles for major coffee trading firms in Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. 

She arrived in New York two weeks after 9/11 and was quickly confronted with the ever-changing demands of a new security-centric import environment.  Jackie keeps up to date with the complex freight market and is able ensure prompt and efficient execution of our shipments to the North American market. 

Jackie and her husband Dennis reside in the upper east side of Manhattan with her two dogs and two cats.  The dogs are all dachshunds, German you know.  That earns her some good points with the bosses in Hamburg.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Lourdes Martineau, Bookkeeper

Lourdes Martineau is the longest serving member of our team, having joined American Coffee in 1994, as an administrative assistant.  

Lourdes now handles all of our invoicing, accounts payable and accounts receivable for both American Coffee and Hamburg Coffee Company’s accounts here in North America. 

She has also added cargo claims to her list of responsibilities.  

Lourdes is also in charge of keeping the entire team in a good mood with her unflappable personality and consistently pleasant demeanor. 

Lourdes resides in the Bronx with her handsome son Dennis. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Ingrid Velasquez, Logistics Clerk

Since joining us in October 2013 while she was still a student, Ingrid has concentrated on securing Customs and Food and Drug clearances, processing shipping documents and other logistics duties.

In May 2016, Ingrid earned her Masters Degree in International Business at Saint Peter’s University in Jersey City, where in 2015 she had earned her Bachelor's degree in Accounting with a Minor in Business Law.   After graduating college, Ingrid began working for us on a full time basis and has become a valuable asset with her terrific skills, talents and personality.

Ingrid was born and raised in Trenton, New Jersey where she lives with her mother and sister.  She enjoys trying new cooking recipes, crafts and spending time with her two Jack Russel Terriers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tonika Custalow, Coffee Lab Technician 

Tonika Custalow runs our coffee lab roasting, preparing and recording results of our pre-shipment and arrival samples.  She also performs additional office administrative tasks for American Coffee. 

When Tonika is not dancing around our office, you may find her gracing the local, national and international stages performing with the Vissi Dance Theater.