With the inviting aroma of freshly brewed coffee, Caffe Vergnano 1882 at South Beach, Singapore will perk-up your day with an Italian touch. An ancient Piedmont coffee-maker and one of Italy’s most prestigious beverage manufacturer has launched the world’s 100th Caffè Vergnano 1882 concept café in Singapore with an 114sqm, 42-seater chic space that exudes and represents true Italian coffee culture. The spacious and homely cafe situated in the basement of South Beach Avenue, with its tasteful and modern Italian decor – Italian oak walls, wooden floorboards, brown eco-leather banquettes – will make you forget you are right in the middle of a bustling city centre. Espresso, which originated in Italy in the early 20th century, is a concentrated, bittersweet coffee; the word espresso referring to the speed and single-serve nature of the coffee. The 1882 concept cafe springs from a desire to reinterpret coffee tradition in a contemporary way so as to offer consumers authentic Italian espresso. The story of Passion began with Dominico Vergnano in 1882 when he started the company in the small town of Cheri in the foothills of Turin. He soon realized that his expertise laid in the accurate selection and roasting of coffee beans. That one shop soon became three, followed by a bold move of purchasing a coffee plantation in Kenya. The rest, they say is written in the records of coffee history. Today, the company exports to over 70 countries, owns 100 Caffè Vergnano 1882 coffee shops and remains proudly family-owned with direct descendants of Dominico involved in the daily running of this coffee empire. Attributing their success to their experience and expertise in the meticulous selection of the best coffee beans right down to the extraordinary production process, the Vergnano family use a time-consuming slow-roasting method (18-22 minute cycles) instead of a commercial “turbo toasting” one (5-6 minute cycles), so that the flavours and aromas of the bean are patiently extracted and personally inspected to produce an evenly balanced roast. A single shot… A Turin signature – the Bicerin, For those who like it shaken, not stirred Each origin is roasted separately to perfection to accentuate the full aroma and quality of each and every bean. The 1882 Espresso blend is available only at Caffè Vergnano coffee shops around the world. Besides the mainstay 1882 espresso, a wide range of delicious and satisfying espresso based drinks such as Caffè Gianduja (Italian thick hot chocolate, espresso, whipped cream), Marocchino Speciale (Espresso, foamed milk, chocolate powder, chocolate cream), Delizioso (Espresso, foamed milk, nutella, whipped cream) and a Turin signature – the Bicerin, a traditional warm concoction of espresso and luxurious cocoa topped with cream are available on the menu for those who are not in too much of a hurry. Priced between $3.50 to $6 for a regular sized cup and $4.50 to $7 for a large doze, affordable premium espresso doesn’t get any easier for anyone to try. And although all Caffè Vergnano 1882 outlets in the world maintain a consistent look and feel, Caffe Vergnano South Beach, the first in Singapore, stands out with a 8m by 6m LED wall, visible from the upper levels of South Beach and transmits a strong message that therein awaits freshly brewed coffee. Additionally, a specially designed commemorative wall was commissioned for Singapore, depicting a pictorial historical timeline that highlights the brand’s key milestones leading up to their 100th café. Caffe Vergnano South Beach, Singapore is must visit for all (especially coffee lovers) to experience true authentic espresso lifestyle where good coffee meets stylish environment.