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A new fixture in Adelaide’s scene – Fix Specialty Coffee

As far as first ventures into café ownership go, Tom McNeil and Nick Wood have done a stellar job with Fix Specialty Coffee in Adelaide’s leafy suburb of College Park. The guys are pretty new to the coffee scene but that hasn’t stopped them from creating a cool little community-focused coffee shop and pumping out…

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Just one of the many reasons I love specialty coffee

Last week the good folk of Three Thousand Thieves sent me a sneaky parcel in the mail. They had a new roaster on their subscription service and were keen to spread the word about it. Wanting to get the most out of their drop, I headed down the road to my local here in Canberra – Red Brick Espresso (becuase who has an EK43 at home anyway?). We opened the cute little box and pulled out a bag of San Isidro, a Colombian from new Melbourne based outfit ACOFFEE.

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Onibus Coffee grows up in Nakameguro – Tokyo Japan

Since I’ve been back in Australia I’ve spoken to countless people about the specialty coffee scene in Tokyo. I liken it to Melbourne about 10 years ago – there’s an innate love of coffee in its people, there’s no market saturation, however there are a select few roasters that are pumping out some truly awesome beans and a community of baristas passionate about their extraction. My experience of the Japanese culture is one of perfectionism in process, there is great pride taken in making things in the most correct way possible.

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Prayers Answered – Chocolate Jesus Coffee – Okinawa

A couple of months before I left Okinawa a little store opened up called Chocolate Jesus Coffee (quite fitting for an Easter post) and it quickly became one of my locals. Owner Kazufumi Shinzato also runs a skate and apparel shop on the island by the same name and has carried over his branding into the new space. The whole thing oozes attitude and I simply love it.

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Sayonara Okinawa – Hello Canberra

Well that was a pretty epic trip. One and a half years in Okinawa has been enough to change my life forever. The Japanese are such special people with such a rich culture and they won’t hesitate to welcome you into it. This friendliness, the budding specialty coffee scene, the architecture, the branding, I just can’t rate it highly enough. I won’t harp on for too long about it but if you’re reading this and haven’t yet been to Japan, do it. Stat.

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Bangin’ Brews: Reuben Hills’ Ethiopian Harosana

The world of buying green specialty coffee beans is filled with a myriad of potential pitfalls, not least of which is the chance that by the time the coffee actually lands at the roastery, it simply won’t taste like it did at origin. It can go both ways. The micro-lot roasters used when cupping green…

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The Sound of Silence – Meet Rosie Girl

You guys have no doubt noticed it’s been a little silent around these parts the last couple of weeks. Well this is why: World, meet Rosie girl. She’s all kinds of awesome. Sleep deprivation is at an all time high right now, so thanks for sticking around and cutting me some slack. I have a…

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Zhyvago Coffee Works – Bringing Portland to Okinawa, Japan

It’s been a while since I featured any Okinawan content on the blog, but recently the island seems to be embracing specialty coffee culture with quite a few new spaces opening their doors and putting out some pretty decent espresso. One of the best is Zhyvago Coffee Works which kicked off operations last month. As…