Caffè Vergnano was founded in Chieri in 1882 by Domenico Vergnano as a small grocery store and is considered to be the oldest coffee producer in Italy. Since then, the company has been run by four generations of the Vergnano family.
The company quickly grew and acquired all of the industry tricks and knowledge of roasting and selling coffee. Its first three warehouses were opened in Turin, Alba, and Chieri. The first significant jump in the company’s growth, however, happened in the 1930’s, when the company bought a coffee farm in Kenya.
In 1996, Caffè Vergnano expanded to international markets. In 2000 they opened their first café, which can now be found around the world. Caffè Vergnano also has a collaboration with Eataly, which allows its cafes to be open in major hubs such as New York, Rome, Milan, Chicago, Los Angeles, Sao Paulo, Istanbul, Seoul, Tokyo, and Moscow.
Caffè Vergnano’s recent partnerships have helped its expansion into airports in various large cities, which has led to impressive financial growth.
Since 1999 Caffè Vergnano has had the New Global Environmental Policies that govern its environmental responsibility. The company believes that environmental quality is synonymous with humans living a better quality of life.
Caffè Vergnano has specific roles within the company to comply with the Environmental Quality and Food Safety objectives set in place by the International Voluntary Standards UNI EN ISO 14001. This Certification requires that the organization voluntarily defines the rules and objectives of continuous improvement, taking into account the information concerning significant environmental impacts. To prove its dedication, the company provides its own Quality Office that it supports from a management and financial perspective.
The company also created a line of biodegradable capsules that are compatible with Nespresso machines, with the goal of making coffee capsules sustainable and reducing non-recyclable waste.