Nathan Spaccarelli, President
Nathan began Sapori Fine Flavors with his wife Kathrin back in 1996. When they took over illy representation, there were just five customers in the Portland area. With contagious excitement about the product, Nathan has been the driving force behind illy’s popularity, thrilled to share his passion for exceptional coffee with Pacific Northwest coffee drinkers. His background in Portland’s dining scene and relationships with the Northwest's finest restaurateurs has helped Sapori foster successful partnerships with them as their complete solution for their coffee and tea program.
Kathrin Spaccarelli, Chief Financial Officer
In 1996, Kathrin was poised to combine her skills in international business and banking with her passion for fine coffee. Claiming she drinks most of the Sapori Fine Flavor’s profits, she continues to oversee the company’s finances and administration. Although she does not get to interact with customers regularly, Kathrin is the “behind the scenes” force in ensuring day-to-day operations at Sapori run smoothly.
Gabe Spaccarelli, Quality Specialist
With Sapori Fine Flavors since its inception, Gabe was an integral part of the growth and vision of the company. Gabe oversaw all aspects of Sapori’s service department focusing on insuring technical parameters provide quality above all else. This included Quality Control Checks, Technical Maintenance, and Field Instruction. A recognizable face in the field, his prompt and straightforward attention to detail helped guarantee a customers’ best chance of success.
Kirsten Helgesson, Office Manager
Kirsten, the pleasant voice on the phone, has been a part of the Sapori family since 2003. She ensures that all the ordering, invoicing and shipping goes smoothly, while responding promptly to customers’ questions or concerns. Referred to by everyone as the person who holds the company together with her organization and friendly attitude, Kirsten’s finest attribute is her commitment to professional customer service.
Chris Midgol, Sales Manager
Chris has been a part of the Northwest food and dining scene since owning and running a successful restaurant in the mid 90's. Chris joined the Sapori team to help market illy espresso in the Portland metro area. He is responsible for new accounts and development, reaching out to new and existing businesses looking to offer quality and savings. Chris brings with him a positive and energetic attitude. Sapori is pleased to work with him again.
Chuck Staley, Francis Francis Technician / Delivery Driver
A long time Portland area local, Chuck Staley joined our team in 2015 to help with local deliveries. He is, however, no newbie to the coffee world. Having worked with coffee for years and even owning his own coffee shop in Vancouver, WA, he is a great addition to the Sapori team. In addition, Chuck will be heading up the home espresso machine repair department to keep the home drinkers happy as well. Chuck is excited to come to work every morning for the aromas and tasty coffee.
Ben Ozug, Coffee Machine Technician
Ben has combined his background in mechanical engineering and IT with his love of coffee by stepping into his new roll as Sapori's coffee and espresso machine technician. An all around fix-it guy, he is looking forward to putting his mechanical aptitude to use in the coffee world, supporting Sapori customers from everything from installation to Quality Control and technician concerns. Please welcome Ben to the world of espresso machine investigation and repairs.
“We recently tripled the size of our business, and without the expertise of Nathan and Gabe it would not have been possible. Discerning customers seek out the illy experience. Thank you again to Sapori.”
— CHUCK & LISA SHAW-RYAN, CHUCK’S PLACE, LAKE OSWEGO, OR
“During the process of setting up our coffee offerings, our sales representative Tyler was eager to provide us with options without a “hard sell”. He allowed the product to sell itself. He was generous with his time and with sample products, both of which were extremely helpful in our decision making process.”
— HELENE RIMBERG, GUSTO BISTRO & MARKETPLACE