Peter Valerio – Owner & Founder
Peter Valerio was born in Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil. He lived in Guaxupe from the age of 4-10 and again from 16-18. He served in the Brazilian military for 5 years. After his service was completed, he decided to move to the United States. Peter lived in South Korea for four years and a year in Spain, the land of Peter’s grandparents. Upon returning to the United States, Peter began a pool service company, Lakewood Ranch Pool Service. During a visit to Brazil in 2018, Peter decided to start Sao Pedro Café Importers. During 2019 the company acquired the roasting machines and initial inventory. In 2020, the company was licensed and ready for business.
Andre Ferro – Quality Grader & Roaster
Andre Ferro was born in Guaxupe, Minas Gerais, Brazil. At the age of 15 he began working with his father, Demetrio Ferro, in the coffee industry. By the age of 18 he had learned the art of coffee tasting and quality control. He became a certified Quality Grader in 1994. In 1999 he moved to Manhuaçu to manage the Department of Quality for Exportadora de Cafe Guaxupe. In 2001 Andre began mediating between coffee farmers and Illy Caffe, finding and selecting the desired high quality coffee for a fair price. In 2004 he began working for the Olam Company in Santos, Brazil, also managing their Department of Quality. In 2006 he began working again for Illy Caffé in the quality control department and commercial trade. He traveled to all of the coffee regions in Brazil to find coffee for Illy Caffe specialty blends. In 2010 he moved to the Louis Dreyfus Commodities Company in quality control. During Andre’s time there, the Quality Control team grew the exportation of the company from 500,000 bags to over 1.5 million 120 pound bags annually. In 2015 Andre started his own company, Comercio e Exportacao Sao Pedro da Uniao. He purchased a warehouse for buying, grading, and selling green coffee beans. He developed a relationship with farmers all over the South of Minas over the years. In 2018, he decided to assist Peter in starting a company to import and roast quality, gourmet coffee with a smooth and delicious taste in the United States.
Cheri Christiansen – Accounting & Marketing
Cheri Christiansen was born in St. Louis, MO. in the United States. She grew up in Kansas City and graduated with degrees in Accounting and Business Administration at the University of Kansas. She worked in public accounting as a CPA for KPMG in Kansas City and Houston. She really enjoyed her hospital audit clients and decided to pursue a Masters in Healthcare Administration. She worked for Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, TX in accounting, budgeting, and decision support. She lived in Providence, RI for 2 years, Gainesville, Florida, and settled in Lakewood Ranch in 2001. She is the mother of 2 fine young men. She had a home in Scottsdale, AZ for a couple years and enjoyed traveling between Florida and Arizona. In 2015 Cheri started a wellness spa, Four Pillars. Four Pillars offers luxurious facials, therapeutic massage, energy and sound sessions. Cheri is a certified life coach and reiki master. She does all of the accounting and administration for her company, Lakewood Ranch Pool Service and Sao Pedro Café Importers. It is her dream to combine her wellness spa with a café serving coffee, wine, as well as organic food and beverages. Four Pillars is an escape in the community for the mind, body, spirit, as well as social connections.