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Is Batch Brew a Step Backwards for Specialty Coffee?

Whether you like it or not, batch brew is gaining a crazy amount of traction in the world of specialty coffee, especially in Australia. It’s been hitting the menus of some rather elite roasters and coffee shops, creating quite a buzz in the café scene. It’s got to the point that it’s almost become cool…

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Tupelo Coffee Co – Basically Awesome – Canberra Australia

Canberra is not generally considered to be one of Australia’s premier ‘coffee cities’ and I’ve been trying to figure out why? It’s got the right climate and a decent population size, yet the market penetration of specialty coffee is barely scratching the surface. In my (rather poor) understanding of economics, it’s usually safe to assume…

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Reuben Hills – Celebrating the Coffee Farmer – Sydney Australia

Sydney’s Paramount Coffee Project blew me away, so naturally I was pretty keen to check out one of the parent companies behind it. Occupying a converted terrace house in one of Surry Hills’ leafy streets lies the Reuben Hills roastery and café. It’s the brainchild of Russell Beard and was opened back in 2013 with…

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Single O + Deus + A Film About Coffee

Last week Sydney’s Single Origin Roasters, in collaboration with Deus Ex Machina hosted a screening of A Film About Coffee at Deus’ Harajuku store in Tokyo. Unfortunately I couldn’t make it on the night but barista Naoya Akagawa was there to take these sneaky snaps. Single O is doing some pretty cool stuff in Japan…

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Bangin’ Brews: Wide Open Road’s Pacamara from Nicaragua

I’m still getting through some of the coffee I bought on my Australia trip and there were definitely a few standouts amongst the bunch. One of my favourites is this Pacamara roasted by the guys at Wide Open Road in Melbourne. The greens came from the Mierisch family in Nicaragua’s Matagalpa region. The 100 year…

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Mecca Coffee – Staying young at heart – Sydney Australia

If you’re into your specialty coffee and you’ve been to Sydney, there’s a good chance you’ve already come across Mecca Coffee. This year they celebrated their 10th birthday, which in ‘coffee years’ is practically ancient (because let’s face it, it’s a ruthless market and who wants to go to a café that’s been open for…