The essence of Caffè Lelli can be encapsulated in three words: passion, professionalism and experience. Ours is an ongoing journey to discover coffee, its flavour and aromas, that has been in progress for more than 20 years now.
A family-run coffee roaster, Caffè Lelli was founded in Bologna in 1996 by the man who gave it its name, master roaster Leonardo Lelli. Seeking out, selecting and manually roasting nothing but the highest-quality coffee beans is what has defined Lelli’s work, which he carries out by travelling to immensely beautiful lands, meeting and learning about different cultures, sharing knowledge and letting himself be inspired by the people he meets along the way.
By producing for niche markets, Lelli thus becomes an ambassador of the virtues and prestige of the coffee beans he seeks out and their places of origin, introducing them to customers and coffee connoisseurs.
What sets Lelli’s work apart is his constant search for perfection and artisan quality, with the goal of maintaining the aroma and distinct personality of each coffee variety while ensuring the highest levels of quality. The coffee maestro, professional taster and gourmet coffee expert selects raw coffee cherries, touching the plants with his own hands and personally overseeing the entire production chain, travelling around the equator in search of prized raw materials.
Back in his production facility in Bologna, Lelli roasts the beans with hot air, in strict accordance with Italian artisan traditions, calibrating the roasting times depending on the type of coffee. Roasting takes place weekly on the basis of customer orders, ensuring that the final product is always fresh.
A deep-rooted entrepreneurial spirit is behind this 20+ year journey, providing the ability to construct a solid business that has successfully faced new challenges over the years with consistency and resolution, believing in the value of quality and ensuring it for the company’s products and building a team of employees to better support customers in terms of technology, sales and human relationships.
The Caffè Lelli journey is a voyage of discovery of the purest coffee culture there is:
a world that coffee expert Leonardo Lelli will never tire of exploring.