Barista was founded in 2006 by Carlo Farruggio, it is the only independent Fair-Trade coffee house in Haslemere. Prior to owning Barista, Carlo spent 28 years in the catering industry. This included a variety of roles in London restaurants (waiter, cook and front of house management).
When the coffee culture craze came to our shores in the mid 1990's, Carlo became very interested in the concept but wanted to do things differently from the cooperate high street branded coffee houses, his aim was to provide the best coffee house experience by offering an espresso based coffee in a relaxing atmosphere, in-house handmade freshly prepared food products but importantly was that he wanted Barista to have a conscience and a ethos, which he discovered through his involvement with Fair-trade coffee where fundamentally a fair price is paid to coffee farmers and farmers communities to maintain standards in which coffee is grown. At Barista we pay premium prices for our 100% Arabica coffee beans, we believe this is the right way to ensure that the farmers will have the incentive to maintain high standards.
For more information about the coffee in our Haslemere cafe, see our coffee section.