Our Team

Our Team

 

Nir Caspi

Co-Founder and CEO

After serving in the Israeli special forces, Nir Caspi was seeking his next adventure. In 2004, he and his two partners opened the first Café Landwer in Tel Aviv and have since opened 80 locations across Israel. Café Landwer is a coffee brand that originated in Berlin, Germany back in 1919. “Our idea was to revive a brand that has such a great heritage and legacy”.

In 2018, Nir decided to move to the United States with a new mission: to develop and expand the Café Landwer brand in the North American Market. “My inspiration is to see people from different backgrounds and cultures come together around our food and experience. My goal is to create these experiences and unity all over the US and North America.”

Nir lives with his wife and four children in Newton, Massachusetts. In his spare time, he likes to spend time with his family and train for triathlons.

 

Omer Barel

Operations Manager

Omer Barel was born and raised Ra’anana, Israel and brings over 10 years of experience spanning various industries. With a background in systems information, Omer worked in the IT department of a hospital, which fueled his passion for health and fitness. He was also a disciplined cross-fit trainer with certifications in both anatomy and nutrition.

Omer has worked in the food and beverage industry for over a decade as a barista, bartender, manager and events promoter. As a frequent patron of one of Israel’s Café Landwer locations, he built a close relationship with one of the café’s partners. Omer was presented with an opportunity to join Café Landwer’s USA team as a café manager in July 2018. Thanks to his strong organizational skills and discipline, Omer was soon promoted to General Manager and is now the Operations Manager, leading the management team and day-to-day business operations.

Omer continues to trains with local cross-fit communities, & likes to enjoys outdoor exercise activities & making friends with locals.

 

Adelina Keshishian

Creative Marketing Director

Born and raised in the Greater Boston neighborhood of Malden, Adelina has always had a passion for the creative arts, sustainability, and hospitality. Adelina holds an A.S. in Business Administration from Bunker Hill Community College and B.S. in Management and minor in marketing from Bentley University, and has over 15 years of combined customer service, project management, and hospitality experience.

Adelina was the Café Landwer’s first stateside employee, working as a barista at the flagship location which opened in January of 2018. She immediately fell in love with the brand and quickly grew within the company. From implementing numerous marketing initiatives to overseeing employee development, Adelina is responsible for various facets of both Boston area cafés.  Adelina is very excited to grow with Café Landwer as the brand expands and evolves within the North American Market.

In her spare time, Adelina enjoys spending time with her family & traveling.

 

Yaniv Shamir

Multi Unit General Manager

Growing up in Kefar Saba, a small city just outside Tel-Aviv, Yaniv was familiar with the Café Landwer brand. He joined the company as a server in 2015 and went on to work at various locations in Israel. His passion for hospitality shined through and Yaniv quickly transitioned into a General Manager position. After three and a half years with the company, he moved to the US in July of 2019 to bring his expertise to Café Landwer’s North American posts.

Yaniv now leads both Boston area teams as General Manager. He genuinely enjoys blending American and Mediterranean hospitality industry standards in order to create a unique experience for his employees and guests.

In his spare time, Yaniv enjoys running, spending time with friends, and keeping up with current events from back home.

 

Eran Gefen

Executive Chef

Born and raised in Jerusalem, Eran was exposed to the diversity of the Mediterranean cuisine. The sights and smells of the international city intrigued him at an early age and drew him in to explore and experiment with the plethora of flavors. For Eran food isn’t merely a passion but a language, a way to express life.

Eran began his career at Arkadia, one of the most creative and prestigious chef restaurants in Israel. His passion to explore new cuisines, learn cutting-edge techniques and experience new cultures, drew him to relocate to Barcelona, Spain, where he worked at Enoteca a 2 star Michelin restaurant.

Returning to Israel, Eran spearheaded the creation of an up and coming Asian-fusion restaurant, RYU. As a head chef, he was able to implement his culinary vision and create the unique pallette that drew in the crowds.

Eran was known in Jerusalem for his distinct Israeli Fusion style utilizing fresh, local ingredients and was recruited by the finest hotels in the country.

Eran spent several years as executive sous chef at King David a 5-star Deluxe Hotel in Jerusalem and later as executive chef in Dan Carmel Haifa, also a 5-star Deluxe Hotel. During his time at these hotels, Eran managed the day to day culinary operation as well as held exclusive private events for high level politicians and celebrities such as: President Obama and Secretary of state Clinton, King of Spain Felipe VI, Russian President Putin, French President Sarkozy, Israeli Presidents and Prime ministers as well as Madonna, U2, Barbara Streisand, and many others.

Using contemporary techniques and fresh local ingredient Eran creates his distinct cuisine, true to his vision that food should be healthy, fresh and memorable.

Eran is recognized for his culinary skills and his exceptionally high standards, creating a culinary language that expresses his passion for food.