"Life in Northern Sumatra is leisurely. Good conversation, storytelling and humour will keep you in high standing with the locals. Not dis-similar to my hometown in Ireland, where I'd been, just a couple of days prior..."Read More
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We came, we poured, we cupped...
And now it's done for another year, Melbourne International Coffee Expo (MICE), where all our favourite coffee faces meet to share brews, ideas, to showcase skills and wares, to network, and do a tiny bit of showing off, TBH - and that's why we all love it so much.Read More
Meet Roy Yu...
This rare lot is now available exclusively to Zest Specialty Coffee Roasters, the only Asian Varietal currently in stock at Zest, Roy Yu is reserved for VIP Customers as a value-adding offering, and for future Café Operators who are craving direction and advice – the Vitamin Z, so to speak.Read More
The icing on the cake. Project Raggiana Lot 1, was awarded a silver medal in the filter category and a bronze for espresso. There is no better outcome for myself and the team at Zest than to have our efforts realised and recognised through the Golden Bean platform.Read More
As it stands today, the Ironstone H-shaped Schoolhouse building reflects its history with schoolhouse references throughout. Most prominently, a mural on one of the walls of two children playing which reads “Forever Learning,” an axiom we at Zest relate to. The ever-changing specialty coffee industry certainly evokes such a feeling.Read More
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!
As well as the calm, Café Lugano delivers experiences.
3-4 very different experiences are on offer at Café Lugano and these are based simply on where you choose to sit. Each of the spaces within the café are considered and tastefully styled.Read More
Tucked away in a quiet, semi-suburban/semi-rural street at the back of Newbourgh is a tiny house oasis (with a small Zest presence) that sparks the soul as soon as you enter the drive.Read More
Persistence and passion manifested in inordinate cupping, and our returning to the drawing board again and again in an endeavour to realise our vision, was the gumption that lead to our success. In November our Buckley St blend achieved bronze in the Golden Bean roasting competition, and this was prior even to its commercial release.Read More
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.Read More
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?Read More
When Robert McDonald talks about coffee he is particular, and thorough, and he makes very certain you - whoever you are -understand what he's saying.
His approach to roasting is as thorough. Because it's about the beans, and the flavour, and because he wants everyone to understand it.Read More
You may have noticed a little excitement on our social media channels the past couple of days…
We are over the moon and so proud to share that Zest were awarded 2nd overall in the 2017 Golden Bean Roasting Championships!Read More
To celebrate the Golden Bean, we decided to sprinkle some gold onto you.
So, for the duration of the Golden Bean judging days, Zest are offering YOU a 20% discount on 6 of our best beans for all website orders.
Go for gold, Zestys, what are you waiting for?!Read More
In the specialty coffee world, it's a rare treat to find a roastery that truly combines coffee with art. And in Zest's case, they achieve just that.
Thanks for the shout out Three Thousand Thieves. Find out what the thieves have to say about this months subscription.Read More
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?Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
Sydney, Zest. A vintage Probat, quality green, a keen young roaster - it's boutique ☕️ at its best.
I dropped in at our Sydney roastery at 42 Buckley Street, Marrickville yesterday and had an experience that solidifies why roasting can be considered addictive...Read More