The history of our company
Family tradition since 1909.
Ulrich Leysieffer found his true love in Osnabrück - not only once but twice. In March 1909, he married his wife Emilie and in April 1909 they realized their dream of owning a confectionery cafe. His insistence on high quality, his entrepreneurship - he was a merchant’s son - and of course, his wife, who actively supported him, made the company a success from the very beginning.
In good and in bad times.
The signs of the times would also leave their traces on the cafe. The cafe was badly damaged during the 2nd World War. Son Karl followed in his father’s footsteps, rebuilt the cafe with his wife Ursula, daughter of an Osnabrück grocer, and together they continued with the life’s work of his parents. Karl’s big passion were pralines. He used every free minute to tinker with recipes for the little delicacies, which included the Himmlische. Today they are not only a classic, but is still the most popular praline produced at the Leysieffer manufactory.
In 1967, Axel Leysieffer joined the company as the 3rd generation and in 1973 the company relocated to larger premises in Osnabrück-Atter. The heart of the family business has been located here since then: The manufactory.
Axel Leysieffer: harmonizing opposites.
Axel Leysieffer also grew up with a passion for the confectionery craft. And he repeatedly attracted attention with unusual and polarizing ideas: He introduced the color black as a corporate color. His special passion is experimenting with and bringing together contrasting flavors. Our chocolates with sea salt or lavender are examples of this – as well as our popular chili chocolate.
He opened the first bistro-cafe in Westerland on the island of Sylt in 1985.
Jan Leysieffer - confectioner instead of commissioner.
Axel’s son Jan Leysieffer knew from an early age that he wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps. Today he manages the company in the 4th generation and places just as much emphasis on the preservation of the traditional corporate values as on a modern, future-oriented development of the brand. With Leysieffer’s new online store, he has thus created a new branch that is unrivaled as a virtual shopping and entertainment world.
His wife Sylvia Leysieffer, who has literally given the company a style of its own, is always at his side. Packaging and designs are created and painted by her.