Tropiq combines many years of experience in sourcing coffees from challenging origins, with the on-the-ground know-how and experience.

Morten Wennersgaard

Founder & MD, Oslo, Norway

Morten has more than a decade of experience sourcing and buying directly from producers in Africa, Latin America and Asia. Before founding our sister company, Nordic Approach in 2011, he worked for nine years as Product Manager and Buyer at Solberg & Hansen Coffee Roasters in Oslo, Norway.

Morten knows that great coffees come from long-term relationships where producers and suppliers are well paid for quality.

Joanne Berry

Director of Coffee, Oslo, Norway

Joanne is an experienced specialty green coffee buyer with a coffee resume spanning South Africa, the UK and Norway. In the last four years working with Tropiq and our sister company, Nordic Approach. Joanne built on her already extensive experience in East Africa, and has since turned her focus to Latin America.

Joanne thrives on building relationships at all points of the specialty coffee spectrum and believes good coffee is borne of respect and commitment between every person in the supply chain.

Suzie Hoban

Marketing and Communications Director, Oslo, Norway

Originally from Australia, Suzie has lived, worked and studied in Asia, Europe and South America. A coffee consumer of the Melbourne mould, Suzie has always taken coffee drinking seriously, but only after she moved to Colombia did she realise how little she knew about her favourite beverage.

Suzie spent seven years in Colombia working in fine cacao and specialty coffee as a consultant and educator. This time at origin, working within high quality value chains, showed Suzie that quality is more than a score. Rather it is a set of shared values, a strong chain of dedicated partners, and a commitment to bring prosperity to everyone working in the industry.

Alexander Lenouvel Hansen

General Manager, Tropiq Ethiopia

Alexander has extensive experience in both sourcing and sales, and has been the East Africa Buyer for Tropiq’s sister company, Nordic Approach, for the last year. He began his specialty coffee career working for an importer in its lean start-up days, where his role covered many responsibilities including logistics, lab, sales and buying.

To better understand the origin side of the supply chain, he worked stints in Nicaragua and Burundi, before joining the Nordic Approach team in 2018 as East Africa Buyer. For Alexander, a move to origin was the natural next step.

“When it comes to maintaining quality and traceability throughout a coffee’s value chain, there is no substitute for being on the ground.”

Semeon Abay

Product and Quality Manager, Tropiq Ethiopia

Semeon’s coffee journey began in Denver Colorado where he worked as Head Roaster and Production Manager at Novo Coffee. On his return to Ethiopia he worked as Sourcing Manager for Ninetyplus. Semeon joined Tropiq Ethiopia in 2018 and manages all of our special preparations, experimentation and dissemination, as well as overseeing cupping and grading, packaging and transportation of all coffees we buy in Ethiopia..

Sisay Weldeamanue

Lab Assistant, Tropiq Ethiopia

Sisay began her coffee career as a cupping room specialist for Testi Trading where she learned the ins and outs of managing a lab. She expanded her skill set with a time at Ninety Plus where she worked as a logistics officer, managing the extensive paperwork required to move coffee out of Ethiopia. At Tropiq Ethiopia Sisay is in charge of the day to day running of the lab, preparing and roasting samples and setting up cuppings. She is eager to develop her skills as a coffee cupper and is also currently studying accounting at Queen’s University in Addis Ababa.