In June 2012 in the upmarket North Oxford district of Summertown, Florio Bar and Kitchen, a new restaurant, coffee lounge and cocktail bar opened its doors. Proprietor, Ross Buchanan, took a run-down, formerly Italian restaurant on the main drag in Summertown and spent six months transforming it into a modern and luxurious venue set over two floors. It is a small haven of comfort, glamour and individuality in the midst of the corporate giants that dominate this High Street.
From the beginning, Ross knew that his coffee offering was going to be very important. Having spent hundreds of thousands of pounds creating a glamorous and luxurious ambience at Florio’s, he wasn’t going to cut corners when selecting his coffee machine … or perhaps that should be machines, since Florio specified two Synchro traditional espresso machines from supplier, Teknomat UK – one for each floor!
The Synchro is a stylish and sophisticated machine range, made in Italy, which simply oozes luxury. It is available in a choice of colours, but Ross selected chrome, to match the chrome finish to his beer fonts and cocktail shakers and to ensure a sparkling reflection of the light that bounces from the many chandeliers adorning the ceiling. The Synchro also has a slightly retro feel to it, which fits well with the Florio ethos of comfort and glamour. “The Synchro helps set us apart from the chains and adds to our glamour appeal,” said Ross.
Florio offers its customers a unique experience. Customers are invited to enjoy a cocktail in the upstairs lounge before dining downstairs and returning upstairs to wallow in its comfortable armchairs, order dessert, coffee and a liquor, or more cocktails. Ross knew the coffee he served would be very important, but even he has been taken by surprise. Whilst dropping off his children at school other parents, (OK mums), have not asked him about his daily specials, but have asked him how good his coffee is.
“We don’t just make coffee, we make exceptionally good coffee,” Ross explained. “We have invested in barista training so our staff are able to perform latte art on milk-based coffees because we knew that was what our customers wanted. In this part of North Oxford there are three things that make Florio stand out from the crowd – our comfortable interior, our friendly service and our coffee. That’s what people are coming back for and we’ve just had three record weekends in a row.”Florio’s coffee is a special blend supplied by Teknomat’s sister company, Bean Bags Coffee.
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