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PHUKET: Operators of hotels, restaurants, cafes and especially Swiss expats wanting a taste of home, can now purchase Caffe’ Chicco d’Oro and many other imported food products from Switzerland in Phuket.

Patty Bamert together with Samai and Fredy Reutlinger, have recently opened their ‘Caffe’ Chicco d’Oro’ coffee and bistro shop in Kathu, serving the popular Swiss coffee brand of the same name as their new shop.

The business is strongly committed to the hotel, restaurant and cafe (HORECA) market and also aims to provide private retail customers a chance to sample the delicious coffee from Switzerland as well as many other high quality products such as jam, bread, cake, cookies, sausages, cheese and wine.

Other than these, the company also sells coffee machine for private use and for restaurants.

Their flagship brand Chicco d’Oro coffee is imported by Thai subsidiary of the Valsangiacomo family company, which is the biggest coffee company in Switzerland; producing 20 tons of roasted coffee per day and exporting to 27 countries. Formed in 1949, the long-standing company’s 64 years in the business ensures customers can trust in the quality and taste of their coffee.

The trio are aiming to make their coffee shop a meeting point for Swiss expats living in Phuket, but also want to attract all customers to visit and taste their aromatic coffee and delicious range of Swiss food and drinks.

“We would like to make our shop a place that everyone enjoys coming and meeting with friends. We sell good and delicious Chicco d’Oro Coffee. This shop is very clean, cozy and central. We have plenty of parking, so it’s easy to stop by and we also have free Wi-Fi,”said Mr Fredy.

“Customers can eat in or take out, we offer friendly service and we love meeting new friends and are thankful for their comments and advice.”

Espresso Correto Grappa is one of the cafe’s special menu items; it’s a mix of fresh roasted espresso coffee and fine grappa from Italy – something you can rarely find in Phuket and perfect for those adventurous people seeking a new taste for their coffee.

The trio, who both manage and own the cafe, revealed that their inspiration for starting the business was their love of coffee and high quality food from Switzerland, and that they wanted to introduce great Swiss products to everyone on the island.

“Our purpose is to fulfill the needs of customers; provide high quality products from Switzerland and to meet our customers’ high expectations every time,” said Mrs Bamert.

“This is a place where people can meet interesting people that speak the same language and that they feel comfortable with. People can sit down and discuss anything and enjoy a cup of Chicco d’Oro coffee at the same time.”

Centrally located in Kathu, on the road to Patong not far from Bangchak (the one with the green leaf logo) petrol station, the coffee and bistro shop is in a new townhouse with a big yellow Chicco d’Oro sign.

“Just stop by and enjoy a good coffee with us and find out what else we have to offer,” Fredy added.

For more information, call 076-510913 or click here.

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