Grinders® Coffee was established in 1962 in Lygon Street, the centre of Melbourne’s famous Italian Quarter.

Giancarlo Giusti and Rino Benassi founded Grinders® Coffee House discovering the secret to good coffee as well as the secret to success. 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, Giancarlo started roasting, grinding and selling his own coffee beans from the back of his store.

The welcoming atmosphere of the shop, along with the delicious Italian coffee, drew a huge following among Australians, especially university students, and soon the wider community.

By 1969, Giancarlo was supplying coffee to cafés throughout Melbourne – the coffee revolution had begun and was spreading fast.

Grinders® Coffee continues to grow with an ever evolving coffee market roasting in state-of-the-art facilities nearby in Fairfield.

And now, thankfully, Giancarlo and Rino’s dream has been realised due to their hard work and persistence. They started from a very humble beginning. They borrowed money from a friend to buy a roaster, and through their passion and dedication helped to make Grinders® Coffee what is it today – one of the premier coffee companies in Australia.

Grinders® Coffee continues to strive to produce the highest-quality coffee blends for Australia’s booming café and restaurant scene – and now for an increasingly astute domestic market.

Our wide and growing range of blends are increasingly recognised and sought after as our reputation strengthens in all major cities, coast to coast, cape to cape.

As well as roasting and supplying coffee blends to commercial and domestic customers from all walks of life, Grinders® Coffee also distributes and retails award-winning coffee equipment, providing ongoing technical support, training and regular service.

But ever-mindful of our roots, Grinders® Coffee continues to operate and roast at our original Lygon Street retail shop. To us, tradition is the cornerstone of an excellent coffee business.


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