Caffe Vergnano 1882 is an award-winning Italian restaurant (Coffee Shop of the Year – What’s On) with a celebrated international reputation—persisting even among those as gastronomically lionized as Gordon Ramsey and Giles Coren—for real Italian cuisine, and superb coffee.
Originating (as the title would gently suggest) in 1882, the first branch opened in the town of Chieri in northern Italy. Expansion really took off in the 1930’s, with the company’s acquisition of a coffee farm in Kenya from which they could source their own beans, and more efficiently regulate their coffee supply.
Jump forward 136 years, and the Vergnano is now an international brand with a pride that is tangible in both its modest heritage and the quality of its espresso (just look at their website for an ‘action shot’ of one of their baristas). Over the years the company might have expanded and the locations changed, but the owners are still descendants of the original owners, and family business is booming. In a highly competitive market, in one of the most expensive cities in the world, Caffe Vergnano has not only survived but flourished, going from one award-winning Charing Cross branch to several successful branches across London. This includes their very first departure from café culture with the opening of a restaurant in the heart of London’s arty, vibrant South Bank at the Southbank Centre.
Experimenting with a successful brand’s services is brave, and indicative of the dynamism which earned Caffe Vergnano its place on the London coffee scene. This branch couples Caffe Vergnano’s award-winning coffee with a good selection of Italian wines, and a plethora of classic Italian food on offer. With each new aspect to the brand, Vergnano delivers its own tribute to Italian gastronomy, and the Italian culture that allowed for this organisation’s success.
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