Our Story History & Philosophy
Welcome to Pasquini Coffee Company
Pasquini Coffee Company is a family owned and operated business based in Downtown Los Angeles. Since 1957, we have continued to specialize in the retail and service of commercial and home espresso machines, as well as hand roasting our own line of coffees.
(Ambrose Pasquini, Photo by: BarryShafferPhotography.com)
Through Ambrose Pasquini’s ingenuity, hard work and the ability to treat every customer like an old friend, the Pasquini experience has been a one of a kind staple in Los Angeles. Our focus is on maintaining long-lasting relationships through high quality products.
Ambrose Pasquini opened one of Los Angeles’ first espresso bars in 1957. Moka D’Oro was Pasquini’s way of bringing a piece of his homeland with him to California. Over time, both his café and the espresso machine he used garnered much attention from locals. Popular restaurants and hotels started inquiring after the machine used to make the espresso and foamed milk. With a growing demand for these high-powered espresso makers, he collaborated with Faema to broker deals with his clients to provide and service their new espresso machines.
While furthering his success with importing, Pasquini continued to keep the espresso culture alive locally. After the success of Moka D’Oro, he later opened his first restaurant Via Veneto and then in the 1960’s opened his first namesake café in the St. Vincent Court. Located in Downtown Los Angeles within the famous Bullock’s department store this was truly the first place that Angelinos could experience espresso in the true Italian fashion. The Pasquini café expanded to a second location in the South Coast Plaza in Orange County.
Finally, in the 1980s after 25 years in the café service industry, with his knowledge and experience he pursued and succeeded in creating 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 Appetit.
Not long after the Livietta was followed by the popular Livia 90, which fulfilled Pasquini's dream of providing his customers with a commercial style machine fit for home use. The Livia stayed popular for over two decades.