Home > ABOUT OUR COFFEE > Caffè Vergnano
Caffè Vergnano

A company with a long and prestigious history, Caffè Vergnano was founded way back in 1882 when Domenico Vergnano, ancestor of the present family, established a small grocery in the medieval city of Chieri. Today it is the leader of innovation on the market and the oldest family owned and cared for coffee business.

Caffè Vergnano, an ancient Piedmont coffee-maker, has been led by the Vergnano family for four generations, and is looking towards the future and focusing on creativity, innovation and quality. It was founded in 1882 and started as a small apothecary in Chieri, a small town at the foot of the Turin hills. The shop soon began to specialize in the roasting and sale of coffee, defining the Vergnano family's true vocation. Their shift toward coffee production was nourished by a courageous decision to purchase a coffee plantation in Kenya in the 1930's.

At the same time in Italy, the business grew rapidly with the establishment of the first three warehouses in Turin, Alba and Chieri. The company quickly transformed itself into one of the most respected coffee producers in Italy. This success gives its thanks to the continual search for quality, a quality much appreciated by the real coffee connoisseur that has recognized Caffè Vergnano's high standards for more than a century.

The superior quality of the Vergnano blends is born from an extraordinary process, from the choice of raw materials to production. Coffee produced by Caffè Vergnano begins as a selection of the green coffees imported in juta sacks from 9 different countries. Beans from each origin are roasted separately to guarantee the correct cooking temperature. This individualized process ensures that the coffee is roasted to perfection, and accentuates the full aroma and quality of each and every bean. This slow roasting is also what gives Vergnano its characteristic, evenly-balanced taste.

The roasting is the most delicate moment of the coffee working process, because the taste concentration and flavor of the beans depends on the exact level of roasting. This delicate stage is still today carried out by Caffè Vergnano following traditional methods. Unlike most modern coffee makers who work with the “turbo” industrial method, or rather with 5-6 minute cycles at high temperatures, Caffè Vergnano has adopted a “slow” roasting system, with cycles that last between 18 and 22 minutes. In each new cycle, the roasting of each individual lot is personally inspected, to guarantee the product maintains a constant perfect quality.

Caffè Vergnano maintains the merits of a company faithful to the best tradition while, at the same time, being one of the most dynamic and avant-garde manufacturers. For over 130 years, Caffè Vergnano has selected the very best coffee origins, directly in the place they are produced. It can look to the future with confidence, standing strong with their 13500 square meter factory and 14 automatic production lines.

Today, Caffè Vergnano is one of the top five Italian coffee companies. It ranks in as Italy’s sixth company in retail market, with an Italian presence in 19 regions with over 4,500 HORECA clients, and more than 70 coffee shops in 19 countries throughout the world. Furthermore, it successfully exports to more than 80 countries. The current, 4th generation family faces the future confidently, aiming at international development with its own chain of coffee-shops under the Caffè Vergnano 1882 brand name. There are already 32 shops located in Italy, London, Paris, Munich, Nice, Dusseldorf, Riga, Oman, Bahrein, Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong and, most recently, in Vancouver, Canada.