Based in downtown Los Angeles, California, Pasquini Coffee Co. is a family-owned and operated business specializing in the sales and service of home and commercial espresso machines, as well as the hand-roasting of our own line of coffees. Since 1957, the Pasquini experience has been a one-of-a-kind staple in Los Angeles. Our focus is—and always has been—on maintaining long-lasting relationships with our customers by providing high-quality products and services.
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In 1957, Italian newcomer Ambrose Pasquini opened Moka D’Oro—one of L.A.’s first espresso bars. Moka D’Oro was Pasquini’s way of bringing an authentic piece of his Italian homeland with him to California. Over time, both his cafe and the Faema espresso machine he used garnered much attention from locals. Popular restaurants and hotels started inquiring after the magical machine used to make the espresso and foamed milk. As demand from other cafes grew for these high-powered espresso makers, he collaborated with Faema to broker deals with his new clients to sell and service their new espresso machines.
After the success of Moka D’Oro, and with his new importing business flourishing, Pasquini opened his first restaurant, Via Veneto. Shortly after, in 1962, he opened his original namesake cafe in St. Vincent Court. Located within the famous Bullock’s department store, this was the first place that Angelinos could experience espresso in the true Italian tradition. In 1967, the Pasquini Cafe expanded to a second location in the South Coast Plaza in Orange County.
With his 25 years of knowledge and experience in the cafe service industry, Pasquini conceived of, and created, his own name-branded espresso machine for the home. The Livietta was first released in the mid-1980s and was dubbed “the Rolls Royce of home machines” by Bon Appétit magazine. Not long after the release of the Livietta, Pasquini followed up with the popular Livia 90, which fulfilled his dream of providing his customers with a commercial-style machine fit for home use. The Livia 90 remained popular for over two decades.
Building on Ambrose Pasquini’s ingenuity, hard work, and his gift for treating every customer like an old friend, the Pasquini family continues to proudly guide their namesake company into the 21st century and beyond.