Torrefazione Caffè Lelli was founded in 1996 by Leonardo Lelli, roaster and president of the Company based in Bologna, Italy.
Since the beginning, the Company came to the attention of connoisseurs for production and trade of its high quality Single Origin, Cru and Blend of speciality gourmet coffees: beans from all tropical areas of the world specialising in rare original coffee plants that grow in particular locations, where each small picking can be unique, due to a precious combination of nature, weather and climate.
Lelli has a great passion for coffee and this led him to set up of his own business with the aim of developing an exclusive range of products, each with its own strong personality. The entire artisan production process takes place under the expert supervision of Leonardo Lelli who personally selects and buys raw coffee beans from plantations all over the world. His manual, slow and so called “city-roasting” process (medium-light) is achieved by circulating warm air (rather than by direct contact with flame) and low temperature, in order to ensure an even roasting of the bean. Lelli roasts in the tradition of Italian craftsmen, measuring the roasting profiles on the base of the raw coffees. In order to guarantee a real quality, we roast coffee on demand, for preserving the freshness.
Lelli chooses those coffee farmers with small, high mountains growth plantations that use less intensive natural methods of cultivation and respect biodiversity. Only hand-picked, washed green coffees of current crops are preferred.
Not many roasters touch the coffee plants by their hands and fewer roasters follow the entire production chain. Lelli is among those fewer; he is an artisan and he focuses on highest quality without compromises.
A specialist producer, the Company operates in a niche of the market, focusing on sales to restaurants, cafeterias, pastry shops and delicatessens.
The range is available both as ground and as beans.