ESPRESSO from 1856

"Quality has always been our number one mission, and it is still our inspiration today; from the selection of the raw materials to the melting process and the roasting. Despite the 5 generations of espresso coffee, we are determined to improve and innovate."

from 1856

1856 In Abruzzo, Clemente Saquella started trading in spices and colonial products: tea, barley, cacao of
various qualities and origins. At first the young Clemente went back and forth between Chieti and Naples, then the capital, where he stocked up with products he couldn’t find on the local market. Then, with his brother, he opened a storehouse in Chieti to sell wholesale as confirmed by the registration documents of the company “Antonio and Clemente Saquella” in the ‘ Weights
and Measures’ archives.


in 1912

1912 In May, Luigi and Alfonso Saquella set up a trading company in general partnership aiming at continuing their
father’s merchant trade. In the memory of their venerated father, the trading company carried on under the name of “Clemente Saquella”.

1930 The thirties were marked by a turning point in the company’s history. It’s in this period that there was an
extraordinary growth reaching a net worth of exactly 103,000 lira. Arnaldo Saquella, with his brothers Mario and Giovanni, gradually reached the decision that it would be worth their while to concentrate on espresso coffee.

the CREATION of the

1945 During the war trade was interrupted. In 1945, thanks to the liberation of foodstuffs, it was back to work with renewed energy. The Clemente Saquella company, with Arnaldo Saquella at its command, established the first factory to be equipped with one of the original 25kg Vittoria roasting machines which was then supplemented, within a few months, by a 120kg Farina roasting machine. Success was immediate and the sales area spread to the nearby counties: Lazio, Marche, Umbria and Campania.

1948 The first packages of 10kg and 30kg were formed in greaseproof paper covered in cloth and printed “Saquella Roasted Bar Coffee”. Caffe’ Brasil in 100g packs in waxed cartons came onto the household market in Lazio and Umbria.



1955 With a strong growth a quantity of 3,500 quintals of coffee was reached in 1955. The range of products widened and the first blends were produced: Bar Franca, Bar Sud, Spazial, Extra, Ancona, Lodi, Bianca, Victor in packs of 5 and 10kg.

1958 The sales area widened and new warehouses were opened: Ferrara, Lecce, Benvento, Rome, Cava dei Tirreni,
Campobasso, Avezzano, Foggia, Bari, Macerata, Ancona, Rimini, Perugia,Terni, Florence to fully satisfy the growing demand for roasted coffee.

the beginning of the PROGRESS

1968 There was an increase in quantity and the setting up of a sales network with 38 agents. The quantity was over an annual 4,000 quintals.

1969 A new company was established called Luigi & Enrico Saquella S.n.c. The management was taken on by the
brothers, grandchildren of the founder, sons of Arnaldo, who had been working in the company for years.

1971 New company head offices were opened on an area of 11,000sq m in the industrial area of Pescara.

1972 The move towards the internationalisation of the Saquella brand was made by the distribution of espresso
in Canada and several European countries.


the opening of the

1988 Saquella Caffè made its entry into the Great Distribution Organisation (GDO) of new lines.

1996 The fifth generation joins the company: Enrico’s daughters at first Ilaria, who is responsible for the marketing department and export sales for some foreign markets, and the the year after Bianca in charge of purchasing.

1997 Saquella Deutschland was set up to meet the demand and the necessity for a greater penetration of the
product on the German market.

1999 The company adopted the name “Saquella 1856” and was changed to a stock company.

2000 Saquella obtains ISO 9001 certification which certifies the company's quality standards.

150 YEARS of

2006 The company celebrates 150 years of history.

2013 Enrico Saquella assumes the presidency of the company.

2015 Saquella becomes a FAIRTRADE accredited trader.

2017 Opening of the SAQUELLA UK



2018 Today the company is guided by Enrico with the help of his children, who represent the fifth generation of the family, respecting the values that inspired his creation. The company is present in Italy and abroad in 40 countries in the Horeca and retail channel with a network of distributors and two affiliates.

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