According to the Milano Coffee website, this iconic establishment began in 1984 when founder Francesco Curatolo brought to Vancouver three generations of coffee roasting expertise from Italy. His passion and know-how for his craft were then transmitted to current owner Brian Turko who, after 15 years of arduous mentorship to Curatolo, refined and revolutionized the art of blending and working the beans, achieving what is called today the “Milano taste”. This signature aroma quickly became the gold standard of today’s West Coast coffee culture.
Making the perfect blend or serving the perfect shot are not the only important aspects of Milano Coffee. The organization is heavily invested in a number of local causes such as the BC Cancer Society, the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, and operating church-run coffee programs that support underserved communities. It also takes pride in its commitment to global sustainability, sourcing only from small farm estates or fair trade acquisitions.