At the beginning of the 20th century in Tombolo, a small village near Padua, the family of Cesare Pavin managed the Caffè Commercio. Beside Cesare, also his wife Elisa was employed in the family business. They had two sons: Raffaele and Luigi.
In the Caffè Commercio they used to serve to their customers, beside wine and spirits, also coffee. This beverage was very appreciated by the customers and in a few years it became the main product served inside. Unfortunately at the age of 32, during a trip to buy goods for Caffè Commercio, Cesare died in a car accident.
This tragedy did not affect the family’s desire to continue the business, so, thanks to Elisa, the Caffè Commercio continued to exist. In 1949, Raffaele and Luigi decided to buy raw coffee beans, to mix and to roast them. After various tests they created a perfect blend with unmistakable taste. In a few years the coffee served at Caffè Commercio became the best in the surroundings and it started to attract lots of customers from eveywhere.
The coffee of the Pavin brothers spread all around and was increasingly demanded. It was initially roasted with a small 10 kg. manual roaster and was sold by Luigi who used to deliver to the customers, with his bicycle, small packages of Pavin Caffè.
Soon the bicycle was replaced by a car and the delivery of coffee was done by a Fiat Topolino 500 C.
From this moment, the growth of Pavin Caffè and the acquisition of new market became continuous.
During the years 1960-1980 of the last Century, beside the professional market of cafeterias and restaurants, sales were developed to retail stores for home preparation with traditional Moka.
During the decade of 1980-1990, the market was mainly represented by cafeterias and restaurants as Pavin Caffè had decided to remain focused on the high-quality professional market rather than mass sales that were gradually developing in the supermarkets.
At the beginning of the 21st century, the third generation entered the Company with a strong desire for innovation mainly based on new business relationships with foreign countries. The reason was the awareness that foreign markets represented a great opportunity for food and beverage products made in Italy and beside that, there are also motivations linked to a strong openness and interest in different worlds and cultures. This attitude was a specific characteristic of the territory in which the Company has its roots. Here foreign trade was a strong element both in economic development and cultural enrichment since the beginning of the last Century.
Recently lots of small companies specialized in roasting small quantities of coffee have arisen.
They are commonly and internationally identified with the name of micro roasters. Some of these small companies pay very high attention to the selection and processing of coffee. These operating procedures belong to Pavin Caffè working methods since 1950. Today, as then, we utilize roasting machines for batches of 10 kg. and less. Also in the 50s, in the back of the Caffè Commercio, a 10 kg. roaster was used. As then, the Company selects small lots, strictly from controlled and very highly qualified suppliers. Some of these lots lead to the preparation of absolutely unique and special coffees.
An example is the single origin Colombia Rum Barrique obtained through the fermentation of coffee in barrique for 3 months where the molasses for the preparation of rum was put for 8 years. The result is a coffee that impresses for the intensity of its aromatic characteristics that firmly reminds rum and cherry liqueur.
Another example is the single origin Panama Geisha, an Arabica coffee that grows on volcanic soil at an altitude between 1600 and 1800 mt. This coffee is cultivated in plantations with diversified farming systems, where fertilizers are not used and the coffee cherries are harvested using the traditional hand picking method. The beans, with their gray-green color, give the finished product an absolutely unique and very recognizable aroma.