Sacarellos is a family-run coffee and wholesale business which was established in 1888 on the Rock of Gibraltar by Bartolomeo Sacarello, grandson of Giovanni Sacarello. Giovanni arrived in Gibraltar in 1817 from Spotorno near Genova in Italy. He was the captain of a ship trading wools and hides. At the time Gibraltar was a British Garrison with hardly any civilians, and depended on the import of all provisions. Giovanni stayed on the Rock and married Maria Bignoni, also from the North West of Italy. In 1888 their grandson Bartolomeo founded B Sacarello Ltd as a provisions merchant to the Rock.
Before long, Bartolomeo was specialising in choice coffee, sourcing the finest beans from Latin America and Africa and blending and roasting them to make the trademark Sacarello blends. He travelled to nearby Cadiz to learn and perfect his trade. The coffees became famous in Gibraltar and the surrounding area of Spain.
Following the death of Bartolomeo in 1920, his eldest son Federico – then only 17, had to take charge of the business. Federico dedicated all his working life to the company and especially the coffee. He remained involved until his 90s, by then, 2 of
his sons, Patrick and Richard had taken over the helm. During this time there were difficult years following the closure of the Spanish frontier after 1969. Despite this enormous setback Patrick and Richard continued to develop and nurture the Sacarello coffee in Gibraltar as well as diversifying into the import of other products – such as wines , foods , spices, detergents and packaging. In 1985 the fronter re-opened. They founded Sacarellos Coffee Shop / Restaurant in Irish Town, where the original Coffee Warehouse and packing plant had been housed
Fast forward to 2010……The brothers decide on an amicable separation. The Café becomes a separate company and is owned by Patrick and Richard keeps the orginal company – B Sacarello Ltd and they continue to work together . Richard is joined in the business by his wife Odile and son Jonny . In 2017, they decide to set up a Spanish Company and Roaster in La Linea , after over 50 years they are able to trade again beyond the border!
In 2020 They also take over the Café. After a lifetime in the business Patrick decides to retire.
4 generations on the Sacarellos continue to strive to perfect the high standards set by Bartolomeo as well as developing their blends and speciality coffees.
They have gone back to sourcing their Colombia Supremo (a major part of their blend) and also their Colombia origin Tolima direct from the Federacion Nacional de Cafeteros de Colombia
FNC one of the largest recognized rural ONGs in the world see www.federaciondecafeteros.org as well as sourcing new origin coffees.
They also continue to source and distribute wines , cavas, Prosecco and champagne for discerning clients and catering establishments as well as quality and speciality teas , chocolates and many other products for the Gibraltar market – always trying to give a personalised service to all their clients.
We provide and maintain coffee machinery and equipment for all our coffee clients as well as offering training and help to make the perfect cup of coffee!
Browse our selection of Red, White & Rose Wines as well as our Cavas, Proseccos & Champagnes.
Historically, B Sacarello Ltd were initially general merchants, wholesaling all types of foods and other products. This is still true today, as although we remain coffee specialists, we have diversified back into many ambient foods, for the retail and catering trade.
In House Bakery
Wines, Beers, Drinks
The cafe, situated in the heart of Gibraltar’s Irish Town houses all of our coffee blends, high quality milk / milk alternatives and a spacious, welcoming environment perfect for socialising or remote working.