Grinders® Coffee was established in 1962 in Lygon Street, the centre of Melbourne's iconic Italian Quarter.
Italian migrants Giancarlo Giusti and Rino Benassi founded Grinders® Coffee House, having discovered the secret to great coffee. Giancarlo and Rino wanted to bring the authentic taste of European coffee to Australia and the legend was born when they opened Grinders® Coffee House in Lygon Street, Carlton in 1962.
It was from this humble store that Giancarlo began developing his famous continental style coffee. After purchasing his famous large red grinder for just £1, with money he borrowed from a friend, Giancarlo started roasting, grinding and selling his own coffee beans from the back of his store.
The welcoming atmosphere and hospitality of the shop and its owners, along with the delicious Italian coffee, drew a huge following among locals, especially university students, and soon the wider community.
By 1969, Giancarlo was supplying coffee to cafés throughout Melbourne and to this day, Grinders® Coffee continues to grow with an ever evolving coffee market roasting in state-of-the-art facilities nearby in East Melbourne.
Coming from humble beginnings, Giancarlo and Rino’s dream has been realised due to their hard work, passion, dedication and persistence, making Grinders® coffee what it is today - one of the premier coffee companies in Australasia.
Grinders® Coffee continues to strive to produce the highest-quality coffee blends for Australiasia's booming cafe and restaurant scene, opening up a new roastery in the heart of West Auckland, New Zealand to bring fresh beans to the local market.
As well as roasting and supplying coffee blends, Grinders® Coffee also supplies award-winning coffee equipment, providing ongoing technical support, training and regular service.
But ever-mindful of our heritage, Grinders® Coffee continues to operate and roast at the original Lygon Street retail shop. To us, tradition and innovation are the cornerstones of an excellent coffee business.