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 Italian 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.
La Piccola - CeciliaThe roasting 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.