Ask any well-travelled Australian where in the world you can find the best coffee and without a doubt their answer will be right here, in our own backyard. Italians are espresso/macchiato types, Americans…well they think Starbucks is decent and the coffee in Japan generally comes at the push of a button.
When it comes to local roasts we Queenslanders’ are spoilt for choice. Yes, Melbourne might be renowned for its coffee culture but there’s no denying the talent Brisbane has produced. From the ever-growing Merlo empire and boutique roasters like Ascot’s Fonzie Abbott, West End’s Veneziano and Brendale’s Cleanskin Coffee Co growing a loyal following, it’s no small wonder I’m addicted.
Even the Australian Financial Review agrees, last week publishing an article on Australia’s coffee barons going global (which I read over a cup of coffee, of course). And I learnt something new. In all my visits to the Di Bella Coffee HQ in Bowen Hills over the past three years (work is conveniently located around the corner) I had no idea that they were Australia’s largest speciality coffee roaster. Shame on me! Nor did I know that Griffith University marketing graduate-turned-coffee-self-starter Phillip Di Bella in fact sold his 13 year old business to Retail Food Group last year…for a whopping $47m.
Don’t worry, Phillip has no plans to leave Di Bella Coffee and remains as Managing Director to ensure the company’s strategy stays on track, with the customer continuing to be numero uno. It’s business as usual – and last week I donned my “I mean business shoes” and ordered cappuccinos for an early morning meeting…
Who is your favourite Brisbane coffee roaster (or if you’re like me favourites)?