Not a bad been gets past our Quality Assurance Technician, Marco. Hes fastidious and carefully checks every single batch of green coffee that we source.
MARCO, TELL US ABOUT YOUR ROLE AT CAFFÈ NERO
Well, Im the guy that checks all of the coffee in and out of the Roastery and makes sure its really good.
It starts with samples of green beans and ensuring theyre exactly the quality we expect, all the way through to the stores.
I like the fact that we take a step forward every day. We work at 100% but, if we can do it at 110%, thats even better. Ive introduced new tampers and grinders to the stores, and worked really closely with the Baristas there. I like to always be aware of the bigger picture, which is why its so important that we have our own Roastery
With the Roastery, it means that were always wholly accountable, were always in connection from origin to the stores, and we have straightforward relationships. Simple, honest, relationships. Thats really important to me.
WHAT DOES COFFEE MEAN TO YOU?
Its my job
YES, BUT WHAT FASCINATES YOU ABOUT IT?
Oh, well, theres always something new, you know? Something interesting, or surprising. And Ive always been fascinated by the process, from the growth of the plant, to the Roastery. It can take nine months to get from the ground to here. Behind the scenes its such tough work, but well worth it for the result.
WHATS YOUR FIRST MEMORY OF COFFEE?
I was 17 and I worked in a restaurant in Venice. My boss shouted over to me Can you make two espressos? and I replied No. I had to learn quickly and I found I really enjoyed working in hospitality; all the people you meet from all over the world, coming to enjoy coffee.
After that, I really got into it and opened my own bar in 2005. Its still there now.
HOW DO YOU DRINK YOUR COFFEE?
Usually espresso. For a kick when Im down on energy. Its a natural release.