Italian gourmet coffee brand Caffé Ottavo has appointed Seymour Valentine as its exclusive distributor in the UK.
Caffé Ottavo produces a range of Nespresso-compatible coffee pods using authentic Italian coffee, and has also released a single serve coffee brewer to go with it. It also makes a range of tea pods such as Téspresso that are also compatible with Nespresso coffee makers.
The partnership will allow Caffé Ottavo to target new routes to market through the business and industry sectors, particularly by selling to small businesses such as hairdressers and offices.
Caffé Ottavo co-owner Guy Fridja said: “As soon as I met Cevat Riza, Seymour Valentine’s MD, I realised he’d be a fantastic guy to work with. We’d had a lot of overtures from potential partners and we weren’t desperate to appoint anybody. We’d already had the brand accepted by a number of very prestigious London hotels; but Cevat approached us, we met up and the rest is history. It’s all about whether you trust people and like them.”
Riza added: “If you want to use Nespresso pods, you have to go out and buy a machine. Not anymore. You can do better than that now; just contact us and we’ll provide you with the machine, the pods and everything else you need to make sure that the coffee and tea you offer is the best it can be.”
Caffé Ottavo was founded when coffee fanatic Fridja met a group of small-scale coffee roasters in Italy. “They started with just a single blend and they supplied their local bars and restaurants,” Fridja said. “It immediately struck me as being an interesting business, one in which I wanted to play a part.”
Following high-speed growth, the company now supplies its pods and machines to a number of international markets across Europe, North America and the Middle East.
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