“Over 6000 baristas
have chosen Caffè Vergnano,
come and find out why”
From New Zealand, he decided to move to Italy during the first years of the new millennium to deepen his knowledge of coffee and entered Caffè Vergnano in 2008. Over the years, he gained full knowledge of the raw material, the extraction techniques and developed his barista skills. Today he is the Head and Master Trainer of Accademia Vergnano. He is in charge of the courses dedicated to baristas, distributors, agents and importers all over the world, managing both the training and organisational aspects. Since 2010, he has been Head Judge of the international competition “Caffè Vergnano Best Barista”.
A “child prodigy” in the scenario of Italian baristas, he started working behind the counter of his family’s café in Bari, Apulia, when he was 16 years old. After obtaining several certifications, he decided to specialise in coffee and achieve the Authorised SCA Trainer certificate for the “Introduction to Coffee”, “Barista Skills” and “Brewing” modules. Today, he is in charge of Caffè Cognetti in Bari, Apulia, and regularly collaborates with Caffè Vergnano as a trainer at the Accademia and as an international judge during the Best Barista competitions.
After gaining extensive international experience as a barista, he expanded his knowledge and skills in the world of coffee and now works as a bar manager at “EATALY in Collina incontra Caffè Vergnano” in Chieri (TO).
He is the youngest member of the Accademia’s staff and has collaborated with Caffè Vergnano since 2016, after winning the Best Barista Italia edition of the same year, mainly thanks to his great talent in Latte Art.
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By car from Turin: take the road to the new Traforo di Pino (Pino Tunnel) from Sassi; follow the road for Chieri. Continue straight ahead, after travelling the length of Corso Torino; at the roundabout, take the 1st right – Viale Fiume, which leads to Via Vittorio Emanuele II; from here go on foot, turning right into Via Balbo.
By car from Asti: take the A21/E70 towards Turin. Take the exit for Villanova d’Asti/Chieri. Continue on the SR10 road through Riva di Chieri, following directions to the centre.
Parking: Park in Piazza Cavour and nearby (fee parking) or Piazza Dante (fee parking and free parking in some areas), or park in Piazza Europa (fee parking) and walk along Via Vittorio Emanuele II until you come to Via Balbo on the left (15-10 min. walk).
By bus from Turin: GTT line 30 (departing from Piazza Vittorio Veneto in Turin), get off at bus stop 2849 – CAVOUR.
By train from Turin: Take the train to Chieri from Porta Susa or Lingotto or Porta Nuova stations. From Chieri Station, it is a 15-minute walk along Via Roma towards the centre. Turn left into Via Vittorio Emanuele II, and then turn left into Via Balbo.”