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Traditional Italian Coffee

Blending different types of coffee from various parts of the world is a passionate Italian tradition.

A well-balanced premium blend is made by combining various amounts of diverse varietals from numerous origins, and then roasting them to bring out the best of their individual characteristics. There are around 80 coffee growing countries in the world, spread across four continents, between the Tropic of Cancer to the north and the Tropic of Capricorn to the South. Each of these areas have wide variations in plant types, climate, harvest periods and transportation, all of which contribute to the multiple grades and quality of the beans produced. Because of these variations, the roaster must be both artist and scientist to ensure quality and consistency.

Since a single coffee bean cannot possess the complexity necessary for great espresso, we select the best varietals from each coffee growing country that have the best profiles to produce each of the blends of Caffè Umbria. We use up to 15 different varietals, with the bulk coming from Central America, South America, and Africa.


- Emanuele Bizzarri

Notes


The Iconic (and Stylish) Moka Pot

The Moka Pot, first fabricated in Italy in 1933, is otherwise known as a caffetierra or a macchinetta --- “small machine” in Italian. Nearly a century later, what was one of the first home brewing methods has become an iconic symbol of Italian style worldwide.

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Brewing the Perfect Cup of Coffee with AeroPress: Three Recipes to Try

  Industry experts often disagree on the best way to make coffee using the AeroPress. We consulted three of our...

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Sumatra Boru Batak Single Origin

    Last fall we introduced our limited edition single origin (mono origine) coffee: the Sumatra Boru Batak from the southern shores...

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History

Caffè Umbria is a full-service, wholesale coffee roaster based in Seattle, Washington. But the family's roots in roasting go back to the 1940's, when Ornello Bizzarri built his roastery in Perugia, Italy. The Arco Etrusco in our logo is a landmark of the Umbrian city.

Roaster Emanuele Bizzarri has always had coffee in his blood -- from his grandfather Ornello to his father Umberto. When his family moved to Seattle from Italy, he became the third generation in a family of roasters, and he's since carried that tradition on through Caffè Umbria with partners Jesse Sweeney and Pasquale Madeddu.

Equipped with a state-of-the-art roaster and a great passion for blending and roasting, Caffè Umbria captures the true essence of Italian-style espresso and coffee, combined with the convenience and service of a local roaster.

Caffè Umbria is currently served in hundreds of cafés and fine dining establishments throughout North America, from the Bellagio Hotel and Resort in Las Vegas to the Culinary Institute of America in Napa. To each of our customers, we guarantee unmatched quality, freshness and professional service.

Caffè Umbria Brewing Guides

Community Involvement

Caffè Umbria is committed to working with social, educational, and arts organizations in the local community and in coffee-growing communities around the world. Here are organizations we currently support:

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CAFFÈ UMBRIA OPENS TRAINING LAB IN PORTLAND

We are pleased to announce the opening of our new dedicated training lab in Portland.

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CAFFÈ UMBRIA LAUNCHES NEW STORE IN CHICAGO – EXPANDS ITALIAN COFFEE ROASTING TRADITION!

The Caffè Umbria coffee-roasting tradition is coming to Chicago. Take one step into any Caffè Umbria café and you’ll know that you have tapped into the true Italian coffee experience, a blend of fine roasted coffee and Italian family tradition. Very soon, you’ll find a Caffè Umbria at 346 N. Clark St. in Chicago’s River North district, the company’s first store outside the Pacific Northwest.

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12 OF THE BEST HOT CHOCOLATES IN CHICAGO

Hot chocolate is mandatory to make it through a Chicago winter. We sipped mugs at bars, restaurants and cafes to find the best the city has to offer.

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