Created to bridge the gap between the traditional and new-school coffee drinker, Italo Disco celebrates everything great about the heritage of Italian espresso—with the sourcing and roasting credentials of a specialty coffee roaster. We've taken what we believe to be the best parts of that heritage—the fun design and rich history—and married it to well-roasted and expertly crafted coffee, creating a bold yet accessible flavour.
Blended together with beans from Brazil and India, this is a smooth and consistent coffee. As an Italian-inspired dark roast, this coffee is truly reminiscent of ST. ALi founder and CEO, Salvatore Malatesta's own Italian heritage, and his memories of coffee growing up. This coffee forms a strong espresso flavour while staying prominent in any kind of milk drink.
When it comes to specialty coffee ST. ALi was one of the first, one of the pioneers; the ones who defined specialty coffee in Melbourne; and the ones who continue to push boundaries forward. Since inception in 2005, ST. ALi has been an industry leader in direct relationships with farmers, in-house roasting, expert coffee brewing, with a best-in-category food offering.
While our spiritual home will forever be our laneway roots in South Melbourne, we've spread our wings pretty far since '05. We're the chosen coffee partner for events big and small, creative collaborators and partners for local and international businesses like Mercedes, Mr Black, Archie Rose and Koko Black to name a few.
Crew-owned, ST. ALi is a stand-alone brand, unique, focused—and hard to replicate. Powered by a group of passionate people who want to see delicious coffee in everyone’s cup.
ST. ALi derives its name from Ali ibn Umar al-Shadhili, a fourteenth-century Sufi cleric from the mystical Sufism branch of Islam. Al-Shadhili spent time in the court of the sultanate in Southern Ethiopia, where he learned of a strange berry that promoted wakefulness, which he took back with him to Yemen. As Yemen is generally recognised to have introduced coffee to the rest of the world, he is now considered to be the patron saint of coffee.