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Sammy Piccolo Prado

Prado Cafe comes to Surrey City Centre

It’s a chilly autumn morning. Where will you stop to experience that satisfying cup of coffee? You know, the one that gets you out of bed in the morning. If you enjoy sipping a cup at Prado Cafe (like I do), you’ll be excited to hear that Prado is coming to Surrey City Centre! The first ever Surrey location will be located at 3 Civic Plaza with an expected opening in February 2018. In between sips, we had the opportunity to ask the Founder of Prado, Sammy Piccolo some questions to get to know him and the cafe, and about Prado’s move to City Centre.

Your coffee of choice this morning?
I had a cup of Ethiopian coffee. It’s always one of my favourite origins. This is one of our more fruity coffees with peach and kiwi notes.

Tell us about your start in the coffee business.
I’ve been in coffee a long time now. I started with my brother Vince when he opened Caffe Artigiano. It started as just a job when I was young. But then you realize that there is more to coffee than just being a beverage. Education about coffee is endless. Since then I’ve been involved in so many aspects of the coffee business from brewing coffee to winning Barista Competitions, to learning and appreciating the whole supply chain of coffee. Now I get to design my own coffee experience for my customers. Having my own shops and leading my team daily is one the most rewarding experiences in coffee.

What has been the most significant recent change in the café business? How has Prado adapted?
Coffee is always evolving and the people who lead the industry are continuing to innovate in order to provide the best coffee experience possible. Changes are always happening and I have to keep Prado focused on executing the best customer experience possible. This includes everything from coffee quality and origin availability (which is number one) to the entire customer experience – food, cafe design, atmosphere, service.

Why did you decide to bring Prado to Surrey?
The opportunity to be part of Surrey’s growing City Centre was exciting. There is so much great community building and enhancement happening, I knew it was a great match for a community-focused place like Prado to be.

How do you hope Prado will contribute to the Downtown Surrey neighbourhood?
I hope Prado will be a cafe that the community feels connected to. We are excited to welcome people into our space, serve them delicious coffee, get to know them and be a part of their neighbourhood!

Describe the Prado vibe. What can we expect when we visit?
Prado focuses on experience. The design will be inspired by minimalism to focus on coffee and connections. Expect a super welcoming vibe – we want everyone to feel comfortable.

What are some of the featured items on the food menu?
We’re really proud of the food options we offer. The Prado Breakfast is poached eggs on arugula with organic sourdough bread. We recently added a quinoa breakfast bowl, we’ll have our infamous Cookie with No Name, amazing raspberry bars and lots of homemade pastries and muffins.

Most importantly, tell us about Prado’s coffee offerings!
We’re selecting some of our favourite espresso offerings for Surrey City Centre. All our coffee is sourced and roasted by 49th Parallel Roasters. Blue Sky and Old School espresso are our more bold, chocolatey options. Both taste amazing with our traceable milk! For filtered coffee, we will be rotating the most current and tasty selections available.

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Related Video: The Local – Episode 1 – 3 Civic Plaza

In this episode of ‘The Local,’ David gives us a tour of the iconic 3 Civic Plaza, the tallest tower being built in the City of Surrey. Moving from bottom to top, he’ll introduce us to a variety of guests, including Sammy Piccolo from Prado Cafe, Councillor Vera LeFranc from the City of Surrey, Dr. Sal Ferreras from Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Norm Laube from the Surrey City Development Corporation and a number of representatives the developer, Century Group. Throughout the episode, you’ll see that 3 Civic Plaza is more than just a building, it’s a community. Stay Local. The Local is a Surrey604 special web series focusing on building up our local communities.

Fatima Beatty
Fatima was born and raised in Surrey. She is a yoga fanatic and loves aromatherapy. Her professional experiences are in Community Development, Communications/Marketing, & Human Resources. Fatima has been an active volunteer within the community for several years. With a passion for the creative and a love for the entrepreneurial spirit, Fatima is excited to bring something new to our city.
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