When Vince Izzo arrived in Calgary from Pietramelara, Italy, in 1968, a good espresso was difficult to find here. At the time, there were only a handful of commercial espresso machines in a few restaurants around town and most home brewers were using small, stove-top models. The coffee itself came pre-ground in tins from Italy, with names like Medaglia D’Oro and Lavazza.
Izzo saw a caffeine-deprived opportunity, and in 1974, started a business importing Italian espresso machines. He spoke with coffee importers in Toronto and developed his own blend of beans, labelling them with his Cappuccino King brand. And he set out on a quest to convert Calgarians to Italian espresso, one crema-topped demitasse at a time.
Today, Peter Izzo continues to provide Calgary with the highest quality and value of expresso machine while remaining true to the amazing level of service, calgarians have grown to expect from the Cappuccino King.
Come by and see why Cappuccino King has grown to be Calgary’s ULTIMATE destination for the lastest in all things espresso.