Coffee with a view at The Shorehouse

By Nicole Novak on Tuesday, 06 October 2015 at 10:34 am | Cafe Reviews

I am a strong believer that taste is only one part of the whole culinary experience. Think about the best meal or coffee you have ever had. Who were you with? What could you see? What could you smell and hear? This is why it’s so exceptionally easy to sit back and enjoy yourself (and the coffee, of course!) at the newly-opened The Shorehouse in Swanbourne.

School's In at our Stanmore Barista Academy!

By Andrew Easthope on Friday, 02 October 2015 at 10:00 am | Company News

A few months ago, we officially opened the doors of our beautiful new NSW headquarters in Stanmore in Sydney’s inner west. After a long search for the right space, we set to work designing the interior, filling it with the finest coffee equipment known to barista-kind and infusing the air with the aroma of delicious coffee.

Nordic Coffee: Stand, Cup & Conquer

By Hannah Sexton on Monday, 14 September 2015 at 12:48 pm | Industry News and Events

Vikings, Abba and Ikea — the northern kingdoms of Denmark, Norway and Sweden strike fear into the hearts of thousands. We’ve reached out to our friends roasting up a storm across the oceans, to curate an exciting cupping showcasing a tasty snapshot of the Nordic scene — join us to learn more about this influential coffee culture!

Coffee Moments from the Elbow Room team

By Ben Bicknell on Wednesday, 09 September 2015 at 10:38 am | Cafe Reviews

I know that it’s hard to believe, but even within the capital cities of Australia there are some suburbs which are yet to be graced with a cracking specialty coffee venue. Forced to eke out a survival based on sub-par extractions and beans which have been roasted to within an inch of their life, the citizens of these isolated pockets are crying out for something better. Luckily for Sydney’s northern suburb of Chatswood, Elbow Room Espresso is here to offer that special something.

It’s trés belle at Coco Belle

By Chris Jackson on Tuesday, 01 September 2015 at 11:30 am | Cafe Reviews

The humble suburban café has been a difficult act to master in recent times. The allure of densely populated office spaces and high rise apartments has seen many hospitality entrepreneurs neglect the neighbourhoods we wake up in each morning. Cue the entrance of Coco Belle Espresso Bar in Mount Pleasant. Wikipedia humorously lists Mount Pleasant as, ‘the most pleasant mountainous suburb in all of Perth’. Before Coco Belle’s arrival, you might have argued with that claim. But not anymore! Coco Belle is a dynamic, inviting café and after a sit down chat with Donna Quinn (the owner), you immediately know why.

Vue De Monde Barista Showdown

By Adrian Dart on Friday, 28 August 2015 at 8:00 am | Barista Competitions

As a specialty coffee supplier, we are often privileged to work alongside some of the most talented individuals in the hospitality industry. With that comes the opportunity to collaborate on creative projects and special events.

New Lunar landing from Acaia

By Ben Bicknell on Friday, 14 August 2015 at 9:15 am | Product News

With the rise of brew ratios as a cornerstone of specialty coffee preparation, so too have the tools in the barista’s arsenal evolved — and the new Acaia Lunar packs a hefty double wallop of style and substance to help hone the barista craft.

These days, most baristas are accustomed to thinking about and controlling the many factors that affect an espresso’s taste. They may have also honed the art of perfectly steaming milk and be pouring beautiful designs on their drinks. Today we’ll be talking about something which is often overlooked: the amount of milk we’re mixing in to that coffee, and how it affects the strength and flavour of the coffee we drink.

In this blog post I’ll be exploring the time component of an espresso recipe and suggesting why it should be the most flexible part of your recipe when it comes to troubleshooting.

Nestled inside the Royal Botanical gardens near the observatory, Jardin Tan is another shining jewel in the culinary crown of iconic chef Shannon Bennett. The main theme here is Vietnamese and the menu offers up a creative mix of traditional and French fusion, inspired by dishes born out of France’s colonization of Vietnam. This is an interesting direction given Vue De Monde’s renowned French-inspired fare…

The face of the Adelaide CBD is changing rapidly; construction and development are hitting the heart of the city and revitalising every edge. Before the momentum started to swing though, Sam Carey saw an opportunity tucked away on Gilbert St in the quiet south west corner of the geometrically perfect square that makes up the central area, opening his dream café, Paddy’s Lantern.

Cafes have long been more than just a place where delicious coffee is crafted – they’re also a place where people come together, a hub for the community. Some members of that community aren’t so fortunate though.

Unearthing New Coffee Gems

By Hannah Sexton on Thursday, 23 July 2015 at 9:50 am | Industry News and Events

For our July Curated Cupping, we’re excited to showcase some delicious fresh arrivals from La Florencia Mill, Nicaragua and Finca Maputo, Ecuador in Unearthing New Coffee Gems!

Cleaning Your Brew Gear

By David Christie on Tuesday, 14 July 2015 at 7:00 am | Coffee 101

Freshly brewed coffee is delicious, but old coffee taste is less delicious. Coffee leaves oil behind on anything touches. If left to build up, this oil will go rancid and develop a bad smell, or ‘stank’, to use the proper industry term. So, keeping your brew gear clean is pretty important. Luckily it’s pretty easy; a rinse after use goes a long way towards eradicating the problem and any long term issues can be avoided by following some simple steps.

Welcome to a new era at Five Senses Coffee! On Monday, we launched a new approach to our coffee offering that will see our range streamlined into one highly accessible line-up. If you haven’t caught wind of these changes yet, let me quickly recap some of the benefits to this new program.

Picture perfect at Pixel Coffee Brewers

By David Christie on Thursday, 09 July 2015 at 10:00 am | Cafe Reviews

Pixel Coffee Brewers is a great new addition to Perth’s booming specialty café scene. Nestled on Oxford St., just clear of the main Leederville press, it’s an excellent addition to the neighbourhood. Pixel is the brainchild of two longtime Perth baristas, Kaya McCarthy and Juliana Nobre, and their personality really shines through all aspects of the café. Everything is fresh, clean and beautiful – from the coffee, food and fitout to the succulents and flowers which fill the café.

Until fairly recently, specialty coffee in Geelong was a rare entity. This was both a frustration and an opportunity for prospective café owner, Brad Anderson.

We all love a good tax break and with a few weeks left in the 2014/2015 financial year we thought we’d highlight the government announcement a few weeks back that states small businesses can claim immediate tax deductions for as many sub-$20,000 purchases as they make between now and 30 June 2017.

Coffee blends have an interesting place in today’s specialty landscape. Although it is a craft as old as coffee production itself, the notion of what constitutes a ‘good’ blend has never been more scrutinised. With the landscape constantly shifting and roasting companies taking various different approaches, we thought it was a good time to re-illustrate the intent behind our Five Senses blends. Consequently, we are excited to announce the release of our new blend cards.

When you drop the seeds of the coffee fruit into a rotation drum and apply heat, a lot of stuff starts happening. Over the years, we’ve explored many of these dark recesses and in this months Curated Cupping, we’d like to open the door on the Roast Development Spectrum.

Clever Coffee Dripper Brew Guide

By David Christie on Thursday, 11 June 2015 at 9:00 am | Coffee 101

Enter the Clever Coffee Dripper (CCD). In terms of the brew style, it is what’s known as a “steep-and-release” brewer. Although it looks like a pourover, the valve in the bottom means the coffee can be constantly immersed in all of the brew water, before a short drawdown phase, giving it more in common with immersion style brewers such as the humble plunger. Because of this, the brewer is very easy to use and also very repeatable.

Keeping it real in Canberra at Fox and Bow

By Ben Bicknell on Tuesday, 09 June 2015 at 12:30 am | Cafe Reviews

Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, there’s something about being surrounded by mediocrity and drudgery day in, day out that can act as a catalyst for a special few to burst out of the grey and create something really awesome. Such is the story of Alex Piris…

Let me preface this by making one thing extremely clear: I LOVE BREAD. I’ve been a patron of the humble corner store bakery for a long time. Growing up in South Australia, I’d quite often do laps of the local footy oval at the tender age of seven, collecting cans and bottles to exchange for real money…

Coffee is a truly amazing beverage. Not only does it offer a broad spectrum of flavours, textures and tantalising aromas to savor, it’s also an incredible connector of humanity. Whether it’s a sleepy morning cup shared with a loved one at home, intense conversations at a café with a bestie or the collective slurp, spit and sigh of a great cupping, there’s many places where coffee is the glue of the social environment.

Being born a girl in rural India is the start of an uphill battle. Faced with a lifetime of discrimination and a lack of opportunities it would be easy to fall into a state of despair. But these girls are bravely optimistic… they just need some assistance to level the playing field a little. The people at Nanhi Kali foundation are doing just that, but they need our help.