Over the weekend of the 16th and 17th of November, cafés around Australia and in Singapore joined forces to raise money for the education and support of underprivileged girls in India. Our aim was to extend our current sponsorship of 55 girls per year to 400 girls. Quietly, we thought this was pretty ambitious, but what we didn’t account for was the amazing commitment of the cafés who got behind the event and the amazing people of Australia and Singapore who visited the 12 participating cafés in order to support such a wonderful cause.
As you know, coffee is our life blood here at Five Senses, but we’ve been increasingly aware that we needed to find a world class drinking chocolate to match the quality of our coffee offering. With that in mind, we are genuinely excited about introducing you to our newest partners, Bahen & Co. When we first identified the need to find a world class drinking chocolate, we fully expected and were prepared to search the world, and so it was a pleasant surprise to find Bahen & Co. in Margaret River.
Crompton Road is a much loved blend around Five Senses. Not just because it gets its name from the back roads of WA and represents our humble beginnings, but because it’s become a blend that pays tribute to some of the important partnerships we have established at source. Partnership can mean many things; a simplified version for us is that we know our producers well, we visit them regularly, we understand each other’s needs and we reward quality and trust.
To some, the Don Pepe Estate may need no introduction. The farm(s) which make up the Don Pepe Estate are some of the most acclaimed in the world and this praise is richly deserved. Don Tony is Don Pepe’s son and the current manager of the estate. He is the fourth generation of coffee farmers in his family and his coffees are truly beautiful.
Simalungun is the result of multiple visits to the region over the past 12 months when we’ve been fortunate enough to spend quality time furthering our understanding of the area and creating partnerships with people who share our goals and passion. We’re always after quality and unique flavours, but in Sumatra particularly we wanted to improve on consistency and traceability which are two challenging aspects of working in Sumatra.
Flat (no foam) and white (milk) — Aussies sure do like to keep it simple. The fact that this coffee is an absolute staple on any Australian/New Zealand café menu, as well as one of the most ordered coffees in our part of the world, makes it surprising that it hasn’t really taken off anywhere else. I think I know why, but being a foreigner myself I thought it might be best to show some due diligence and do a bit of research.
I was sitting at home last night, it was 7:30 and all the family had gone to bed. For some reason, I was suddenly aware that I felt inspired to write something about coffee roasting. I know — weird. It was enlightening, even inspiring, to work out how I felt about my work. Anyway, attached is what spilled forth…
The Synesso is firmly established as the world’s premier commercial espresso machine for good reason. The quality engineering, unique styling and impressive specifications, including four stage pressure ramping, have all made the Synesso top of the wish list for the cafe owner who seeks to provide their customers with high quality coffee.
Focussing on highly controllable and consistent delivery of brew water at a constant temperature, the Über Boiler also integrates scales and timer into an in-shelf, slick stainless steel unit. Paired with a good deli grinder and your brewing method of choice, the Über Boiler is being received by leading café owners around the country as the solution to showcasing exceptional coffees for their customers.
Owned by Five Senses the Australian Barista Academy is our dedicated training facility. Equipped with an army of Synessos, Uber Boilers and award winning baristas the Barista Academy is dedicated to inspiring excellence in coffee brewing to the specialty coffee industry and passionate home baristas. No experience neccessary. All you need is a genuine interest in coffee, and you qualify.