Sam Patti founded La Prima Espresso Co. in 1988. His original business plan was to sell and service commercial espresso machines from his showroom in the city’s historic market and restaurant district known as The Strip.
Soon the showroom evolved into a full-service espresso bar, where it became a must-stop Pittsburgh destination. Join the locals and visit the first La Prima Espresso location at 21st Street and Penn Avenue. If you're near the Convention Center, you can enjoy our beautiful cafe at 11th and Smallman Street. If you're at Carnegie Mellon University and wish for thought fuel, we have a full cafe in the lobby of Wean Hall.
Our cafés are served by our roaster in the Manchester neighborhood on Pittsburgh's North Side. There, at Torrefazione La Prima, we roast over 20 varieties of coffee to order. We sell espresso and coffee to cafés, markets, restaurants, and businesses across the United States.
Through laprima.com, we send espresso and fine filter coffee, roasted and shipped the same day ordered, to our happy customers. Providing superior customer service is important to us. It's the La Prima way,
Many Pittsburghers will tell you, a trip to La Prima is like a little trip to Italy … only closer to home. Thank you for considering La Prima Espresso Co.Visit Our Locations
Established in 1988, La Prima Espresso Company is dedicated to procuring, roasting and serving premium Italian-style espresso and fine coffees from around the world. La Prima strives to work in a manner respectful to our employees, community, environment and the farmers who grow our coffee.
At La Prima, we hand-roast our coffees in small batches to bring out the distinctive flavors of every bean. We are a certified organic roaster by Pennsylvania Certified Organic (PCO), and we continue to offer many fair-trade coffees through committed relationships with growers and producers. We stay close to the roast and put our knowledge and expertise to work to produce the best cup of coffee possible. La Prima Espresso Co. is a veteran owned company.
We take our commitment to producing fine coffee seriously.
La Prima is proud to be associated with these professional and industry groups committed to authentic sourcing and fair-trade practices.
PCO Certified Organic (USDA-accredited organic certifying agency)
SCA (Specialty Coffee Association)