It wasn’t coffee but snow that eventually led the enthusiastic snowboarder to settle in the Bregenzerwald: “I love the mountains and nature. I missed both very much during my time in London, so I took a seasonal job with a company that builds snowparks.” Andrea built his first snowpark in the winter of 2010/11 on the Diedamskopf. During this time, he became acquainted with Vorarlberg’s mountains, the Bregenzerwald dialect, and Corinna from Au.
After constructing countless funslopes and half-pipes throughout the Alpine region, coffee once again took centre stage in 2014: Andrea gained three years of coffee experience at the Molinari coffee roastery in Modena. His training covered everything from product development and quality control to marketing and sales: “It was an instructive time, but I was never completely happy: my own ideas about coffee never quite fit in with the company strategy.”
Since he also had a long-distance relationship with Corinna and the Bregenzerwald, he naturally decided to move back. After first considering a small coffee roastery in Innsbruck, Andrea instead decided to open his own business in the Bregenzerwald. In 2019, he founded the Trevo Coffee Roastery and started roasting pure coffee in the garage of his house in Au, focussing on small quantities and roasting entirely according to his own ideas. “The coffee beans come from cooperatives or farmers with whom I have direct contact. I want to know exactly where the coffee grows, when it is harvested and how it is cleaned.”
Numerous hotels in the Bregenzerwald are now among his customers. You can purchase Trevo coffee in all Alpine cheese dairies and taste it for yourself at Andrea’s own shop (Trevo Coffee Roastery, Platz 30, 6870 Bezau). As an entrepreneur, Andrea recognises the importance of following dreams. “At some point you have to wake up and smell the coffee beans.” Which is a round about way of saying that to accomplish your goals you’ve got to have a nose for success. Andrea’s nose for coffee has led him to the Bregenzerwald.
Issue: Winter 2020-21 Bregenzerwald Travel Magazine
Author: Babette Karner