Read. Brew. Taste. Repeat.

Read. Brew. Taste. Repeat.

Our quest to do our bit in the reduction of landfill continues, with the focus still on our hessian coffee sacks.

Grab a sack and together we have reduced landfill, pat yourself on the back and prepare to get crafty!

 

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Read. Brew. Taste. Repeat.

Read. Brew. Taste. Repeat.

Our Gippsland roastery sees many beans in many bags pass through its warehouse doors. Bags shipped from across the world housing the amazing green beans we can find, beans that make up our specialty blends and single origin roasts, beans that make up your divine cup.

Yes our sought after varietals are coming from near and far, and far-er – which means miles, but it doesn’t have to end there, we discovered we can find a way to offset those miles, because every little bit counts, right?

This is a time to think outside the box, or bag.

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Read. Brew. Taste. Repeat.

Read. Brew. Taste. Repeat.

We think a lot about sustainability in the coffee industry – the sustainability of the farms, of the industry as a whole and always in the peripheral, we think about sustainability of our planet.

But it has become an issue that I’m finding myself unable to keep in the peripheral, in my both personal and work spaces. With the broadcasting of ABC’s formidable documentary series earlier this year, War On Waste, and along with it the consequent wave of change that came from that series – namely, the very powerful boom of KeepCup sales, it was evident I am not the only one thinking about this.

But what can we do?

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Milking the nut for all its worth, how a new wave coffee dream became a reality for Melbourne cafe owner.

Milking the nut for all its worth, how a new wave coffee dream became a reality for Melbourne cafe owner.

About 4 months ago a customer walked into Particle Cinnamon Cafe, Avondale Heights, and asked owner/operator/barista Zac for a 'standard' full cream latte. Doesn't seem such a strange request, in fact probably one of the most 'normal' requests one can make in a Melbourne cafe.

Thing is, Zac and Particle Cafe are challenging that 'standard'  - what is a normal latte?

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Local table tennis tourney serves up a very decent score (and a good cup) for a worthy cause.

Local table tennis tourney serves up a very decent score (and a good cup) for a worthy cause.

Local school aces a recent table tennis fundraiser - rallying up over $20,000 for school kids in South-east Asia by playing ping-pong and drinking Zest coffee.

How much do you love ping-pong? Enough to place for 24 hours straight?

Well that's exactly what our friends at Belgrave Heights Christian School did last weekend, but not just because they love ping-pong, because they are good people.

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Z marks the spot at Balaclava Station, and you'll find the not-so hidden treasure on Platform 1.

Z marks the spot at Balaclava Station, and you'll find the not-so hidden treasure on Platform 1.

Handsome Tom hands me another Corcavado latte (because they are just that good) as a city bound train pulls up and the new queue of Zest lovers take their position. I contemplate moving suburbs and giving up my car as ‘Start Me Up’ has me strutting the city bound platform, rooster-like with my Z-cup in hand and a skip in my step, while Mick Jagger’s staccato rings in my ears, reminding me what a good coffee can do.

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