Coffee Facts: Part 1

coffee-pitsLegend has it, Kaldi, a 9th-century Ethiopian goatherd discovered coffee after noticing his goats becoming hyperactive after grazing on some bright red berries. Kaldi tried these red berries himself and the exhilarating effects of coffee became clear to him.

Since then many people from all over the world have come under coffee’s delicious spell, and this obsession love for a good brew has been represented in countless memes, movies, TV shows, books, poems and even classical music! Take a look at a selection of interesting facts we’ve gathered about coffee… Continue reading Coffee Facts: Part 1

Gold Coast Coffee Roasters Brew Up a Roasting Business Worth Boasting About

Latest article in the Gold Coast Bulletin on August 10th , 2015

IT’S testament to the Gold Coast’s emerging reputation as a hub for small business that the country’s number one supplier of coffee roasting machines is based in Arundel.

Coffee Roasters Australia, which was taken over by Mark and Alana Beattie in 2009, has grown in just six years to a multi-million dollar business….

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Coffee Roasters Australia Branches Into Asia

Coffee Roasters Asia RoasteryIn January 2015 Coffee Roasters Asia was established, with an outlet opening in Hong Kong to provide a base for the company’s planned expansion into South East Asia.

“We felt the best way we could service the Asian market was to set up a roastery. We have four employees in the roastery in Hong Kong and 20 members on a sales team,” says Mrs Beattie.
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Justin Gets Roasting

Justin and his partners decided on the Proaster 120 kg Batch Roasting line that included a green bean loader, destoner, afterburner and PLC control system that is manufactured by Taehwan Automation in Seoul, Korea. This wasn’t an easy decision for Justin to make, given that this would be the fi rst industrial installation of a Proaster line in Australia and so would present certain challenges in relation to timing and compliance for the local market. I also had no experience with the brand other than what I had seen at trade shows, so a quick trip to Korea was organised to inspect the quality of the equipment, as well as to nut out the viability of importing and installing one into Australia for AESP. I was also looking for a premium end range to add to our roaster product portfolio, so figured this would be a great opportunity.
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The Skillfull Roaster

One of the things I have learnt from my time in the coffee industry and dealing on a daily basis with coffee roasters is that people’s approach to and their perceptions of coffee roasting are greatly varied. There is a wide scope for adding creative flair as a coffee roaster, so one must be very careful not to judge too harshly and also to embrace the varying points of view, as this is one of the reasons the industry is so dynamic. Someone roasting coffee commercially should really aim to approach the job in a similar way that a professional chef approaches their trade. There are many similarities between the two, and I have found the coffee roasters that apply themselves in a similar manner are the ones who tend to possess the most skill and knowledge. Continue reading The Skillfull Roaster

Single Origin Verse Blends – A Roasters Perspective

The specialty coffee market is forever evolving and one of the buzz words at the moment is Single Origin. A lot of roasters and coffee outlets have or are looking to introduce single origins into the coffee repertoire but are struggling as to where it fits in the scheme of things verse the tried and tested concept of blended coffee.

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Royale Pacifique – A Coffee Roasting Success Story in New Caledonia

In May of this year I had the pleasure of supplying and installing a 60kg Coffee Roasting line in New Caledonia for local company Royal Pacifique S.A. This being my first visit to the island which was surprisingly only a one and a half hour flight from Brisbane. The Café Culture team on hearing of my visit asked if I could share my experience. Continue reading Royale Pacifique – A Coffee Roasting Success Story in New Caledonia