Our Team…

We began as a small Brazilian shop in Seattle and have since grown, but we have always remained family owned and operated. Below, are some (not nearly all) of the behind-the-scene people who have have helped to build our story. People who, with their support, their patience and dedication, have helped to make Kitanda possible. To each one of you, our thanks!

 
Kirkland Flagship Store Manager

Kirkland Flagship Store Manager

Felipe Moreira

“I was one of Kitanda's first employees when I began in 2004. I am originally from Recife, a seaside town in the state of Pernambuco, Brazil. I recommend visiting the beaches of our coast, such as Porto de Galinhas and the island of Fernando de Noronha. My experience living in Seattle has fueled my interest in museums, restaurants, and contemporary rock music concerts."⠀

 
Marketing Coordinator

Marketing Coordinator

Erica Bueno

“I started working at my family’s business [Kitanda] when I was 17 and never left. My favorite part about being here is the opportunity to see it expand from one small Brazilian store to a small chain of cafes and an industrial kitchen, and so many other great people. I believe in the company’s vision and it makes me feel like my job matters.”

 
Kitanda Greenlake Associate

Kitanda Greenlake Associate

Ellen Mesnik

"I moved to Seattle from Minneapolis a year ago. I got a job at Kitanda about 2 weeks after I arrived and have been here ever since! I love Washington for the diversity in people and in landscape. I spend most of my days off hiking or backpacking in the mountains, but also love all the action the city has to offer."

Kitanda University District and Greenlake Associate

Kitanda University District and Greenlake Associate

Gui Fernandes

“I am from a city in Brazil called Curitiba. I have been working at Kitanda since I moved to Seattle. What like the most about working here is that I get to know people from all over the world - each customer with their own ways, which makes me a little more engaged with the outside world while inside a cozy and delicious Brazilian coffee shop.”

Kitanda Redmond and U-District Associate

Kitanda Redmond and U-District Associate

Jess Bozhko

“I am from Kiev, Ukraine. I got my first job at Kitanda when I was as a Junior in High School. What I like the most about working here is that I get to talk to new people everyday. I get to learn about the Brazilian culture, and my co-workers are all fun to be around. As for Seattle, I like how much diversity there is with the people and how fast paced the city is."

Kitanda Greenlake Associate

Kitanda Greenlake Associate

Luisa Bayona

"I am originally from Bogotá, Colombia, a rainy city just like Seattle. I am currently a UW undergrad, double majoring in French and Spanish, and with a minor in Portuguese. My passion is studying languages, and at Kitanda I get to practice them everyday due to the diversity of my co-workers and our clients."

Kitanda Project Manager

Kitanda Project Manager

Guilherme Bueno

“I joined the family’s business in 2016 when I finally finished my civil engineering degree back in Brazil. I love the fact that I get to contribute to the business while exercising my profession. The best part of my year is when I am told that I am going to get to work on a new development project for Kitanda.”

Kitanda Southcer Mall Associate

Kitanda Southcer Mall Associate

Selvin Castro

“I was born in Indiana and moved to Washington 7 years ago. What I really like about Kitanda is everyone who I’ve met have really been so kind to me. Everyone has given me opportunities to get to know them and we’ve become real good friends outside of work. I know Kitanda has the right kind of people to work with.”