Like so many family-owned companies, Quarta Caffè remains where it started in the 1950’s. From a small artisanal roasting factory using hand-cranked roasters and serving caffè in Lecce’s historical center, it became known for its high quality blend and is now the favorite of coffee lovers in Lecce and the entire province.
Popular demand to have coffee beans to take home or to bring to friends spread. One thing percolated into another and soon local bars and shops were offering Quarta Caffè.
Growth demanded a move to a larger facility just outside of Lecce. Today, whether strolling through Lecce or traveling anywhere in Puglia, their logo is proudly displayed in bars.
Since Italian coffee is definitely a love of mine, I can’t wait to take you on this private tour…
Admiring the extensive collection of coffee makers and paraphernalia in the reception area we follow Stefano, head of Quality Control, through the Quarta facility.
Acquainting us with the company’s philosophy and process of production/distribution, he also shares their strong eco-friendly philosophy and commitment to social and environmental sustainability.
Courses are offered to educate customers and clients, and baristas are trained to guarantee quality consistency and the best presentation of their caffè.
Nine varieties of beans from Brazil, Central America, Africa, and Indonesia are imported, stored and roasted separately. Everything is scientifically measured and monitored to ensure maximum quality and flavor. Roasted beans are eventually blended, packaged and shipped immediately.
Quarta’s legacy to produce and provide only the absolute best is upheld by Antonio Quarta, President and son of the founder. Every day at 6:30am, he sends off 20 trucks to make deliveries to bars, restaurants, small and large markets, etc.
We are sent off with our own signature espresso cup, coffee and a new appreciation for that next espresso!
It’s no wonder their motto is Qualità in tazza! (Quality in a cup)
– More interesting information about Quarta Caffè.