The company, Nespresso SA, is set up in Vevey, Switzerland with a staff of five including one secretary. Nespresso is launched in Switzerland and Italy with the C100 and C1100 machine models manufactured by Turmix and targeted to the office coffee service (OCS) sector. Capsule production begins in Orbe, Switzerland, and coffee varieties include Bolero, Capriccio, Cosi and Decaffeinato. 1987
Nespresso is launched on the Italian and Japanese household markets. A “Service” department is set up to follow-up with customers in Switzerland. Technical assistance is provided by two employees called “Baristas”. 1988
Both the machine’s technical performance and the capsule technology are perfected. Operations are still focused on the OCS business. 1989
Nespresso launches on the Swiss household market and the Nespresso Club makes its debut. The company moves offices to Pully, Switzerland and comprises a staff of 15 people. 1990
Market tests begin in the USA. The Veneto (now Volluto) coffee variety is introduced as a replacement for Bolero. “Special Club”, blended from exceptional and rare annual harvests, is launched as an exclusive coffee variety limited to year-end sales. 1991
World leader Eugster Frismag AG becomes the exclusive producer of...