Bodri's Italian Coffee - Lucaffé

Espresso, our passion

Our objective?
To export the true taste of Italian espresso to the whole world.

Brief history of the company

Starting as a small artisan coffee roaster, the company grew at a great rate: from a million pods a year to two million pods a month in less than 14 years. A range of products fit for a multinational company, but with the quality of an Italian artisan coffee roaster.
There are many reasons for this success.

Gian Luca Venturelli Coffee Roasting Company was founded in 1996 on the shores of Lake Garda (at Padenghe sul Garda), thanks to the passion and enterprise of Gian Luca Venturelli. The company grew rapidly, first at its facility in Roncadelle (Brescia) where, besides the equipment for roasting and grinding the coffee, innovative plant was installed for packaging the pods in paper, allowing the company to specialize in a way that would later prove to be a winner.

The company expanded further in 2004, moving to its new headquarters at Carpenedolo (Brescia), a short distance away from the other company, still run by Gian Luca Venturelli, which produces and distributes the exclusive machines for espresso in paper pods, under the brand name La Piccola (www.lapiccola.it). The collaboration between the two companies, taking the best of the artisan tradition of coffee roasting and espresso machine design, led to full-scale experimentation in the field of "easy served" espresso, making it possible to produce products of excellent quality on both fronts. 2010 saw a further expansion with the opening of a new factory building in addition to the existing ones.

It was an inspired idea to connect the Lucaffé brand with an image which evokes charm and professionalism.

Particular care is taken in devising attractive and functional packaging. The wide range of appropriately designed accessories reinforces the Italian image of the product: the tradition of Italian espresso the way it is consumed in Italy by the Italians.

The little Lucaffé man, in his variants for each blend, sticks in the memory of consumers and is now a symbol and synonym of quality.

Selection

The selection and purchase of the coffee is taken care of by Gian Luca Venturelli. Gian Luca personally tastes all the samples that reach the company, and often travels abroad to visit plantations and producers.

Transport

We are directly responsible for every stage of the transport of the raw material to our plants. Some varieties, such as the precious Jamaica Blue Mountain, travel in small wooden barrels, to best preserve their unmistakable aroma.

Blending

The individual varieties of coffee are blended in carefully worked-out proportions. Our blends are the result of years of passionate research by Gian Luca Venturelli, and are offered in various types to satisfy a range of individual tastes. Besides our blends we also offer particularly prestigious single-origin coffees (Jamaica Blue Mountain, for example).

Roasting

In processing our coffees we follow artisan practice: a gentle roasting which caresses the coffee. We obtain a product of the highest quality which is also extremely wholesome: the essential oils and aromas are protected and the beans as a result are well-developed and fragrant, with little residual moisture and a limited caffeine content.

Grinding

Grinding is a delicate phase, and of great importance for the final result. We grind the coffee with the best mills available in the world. We grind the coffee in the absence of oxygen and at low temperature, gently and delicately.

Packaging

To preserve the aromas for as long as possible, we are particularly careful about packaging our coffees, both those in pods and our coffee beans and ground coffees. Packaging is done in a protective atmosphere, with nitrogen being blown in to eliminate the oxygen and resist oxidation. In this way the aromas are preserved and the final drink can always boast an enviable crema. In particular, the use of paper pods always ensures that a successful Italian espresso is produced to the highest standards, even if it is done by someone who is not an expert, many many miles from where the beans were roasted.

Paper pods: prepacked pre-measured coffee

Paper pods are practical packs of coffee ground to a specific grain size for espresso, in a perfect portion size for a single cup (7 gram pod) or for two cups (14 gram pod). The paper we use makes them biodegradable and therefore eco-friendly, but in addition to this the paper acts as a filter which almost completely traps residues, bacteria and the majority of the waxes and fats. The result is thus a particularly wholesome coffee.

The pods are individually packed under nitrogen in a protective atmosphere so as to maintain the aroma unchanged until the moment of consumption.

 
(Source: www.lucaffe.it)

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