Clare Riesling up with the World's Best

By David Ellis from vintnews.  

The Clare Valley is the undeniable home of Australian Riesling, the first vines being planted there well over 150 years ago and the region today recognised internationally as producing among the world’s best-of-variety. 

A stunner just released from one of the oldest labels in the Clare is interesting in that it’s not been sourced from a single carefully nurtured vineyard to result in a wine of such quality. Rather its fruit from a company vineyard in Watervale, blended with that from a number of local growers who have been long-term suppliers. 

This is the 2016 Leo Buring Clare Valley Dry Riesling, and further adding to its appeal is the price: it’s just $20 a bottle, and a wine that on pouring gives off delicate floral aromas and an earthy spiciness, while on the palate it is all about forward lemon and lime flavours, steely minerality and a rewardingly crisp and acidic finish. 

A drop that’s ready for enjoyment now, it’s also one to consider a half-dozen of to put a few away for years to come, as this is one that will get seriously better over the next six or eight years. 

Pair it up with whole baked fish, or if you’re after something with more flavour, Thai fish cakes and an accompanying sweet chilli sauce. 

One to note: Hamish MacGowan had a confession when he released his 2014 Angus the Bull Cabernet Sauvignon mid this year – and that was that he had fallen into the trap of making a wine for himself in recent vintages rather than for his loyal fans, and so with his 2014 had gone back to a more balanced and food-friendly drop.  

Those loyal fans will be glad he did, for here is a traditional Angus the Bull to go with a good piece of prime beef: medium to full-bodied with ripe black-fruit flavours and firm tannins, Hamish blended fruit from Central Victoria’s Heathcote (61%,) Goulburn Valley (37%) and Strathbogie Ranges (2%) for this most rewarding drop that’s got a nice $22 price tag. 

Are these Australia’s Quirkiest Cafes?

From boutique cafés with upside down lampshades to coffee and cake underground, we think we’ve found some of Australia’s quirkiest cafés.

The Old Butcher Shop Café | Seville VIC

Delicious food made with fresh local produce and a family-friendly environment are some of the ingredients that have made The Old Butcher Shop Café an enduring success. The family-run operation is the oldest shop in the area and still retains some original fixtures and fittings, creating a welcoming and rustic environment for all.   

"We decided to get a little bit wild, and it worked! Don't ever let anyone tell you that watermelon and pumpkin don't work. Here we have a special which we are pretty excited to share with you. Roasted butternut pumpkin and watermelon with Meredith goat's feta, fresh chilli and pomegranate molasses." ~ Stagger Lee's, directly quoted from their facebook page. 

Stagger Lee’s | Fitzroy VIC

Holding a reputation for being bad in all the right ways, Stagger Lee’s on Brunswick Street has fast become a Fitzroy favourite with looks to kill and a menu that doesn’t hold back. Inspired by the infamous story of St Louis gangster, Stagger Lee, this café sticks to its guns, luring in those passing by with a confident, sleek design of rustic timbers and bold aqua features, while tantalising smells broadcast its latest offerings. 

Three Monkeys Coffee & Tea House | West End QLD

A local hangout for West End regulars, Three Monkeys Coffee & Tea House on Mollison Street makes an ideal place for cosy brunch catch-ups and coffee in between exploring the thrift shops and nearby boutiques for knick-knacks. Relaxed in character, this cosy venue is filled with curious ornaments, autographed posters and to catch the eye, with a lush jungle courtyard giving guests plenty of space to escape the concrete jungle outside and refresh with drinks among the greenery. 

Pet rock anyone? 

Mandala Organic Arts Café | Mermaid Beach QLD

Go guilt free on the Gold Coast at Mandala Organic Arts Café, an all vegan and vegetarian eatery making its mark in Mermaid Beach. With Mother Nature in mind, Mandala Organic Arts Café takes it back to basics, using local and organic produce with sustainable practices to create a complete vegan and vegetarian menu. 

Photo credit: Leah.  

Our Daily Bread Café | Broadwater NSW

Housed in a recently refurbished church on the edge of Broadwater is Our Daily Bread Café, a charming venue and Australian Pottery Gallery by the Richmond River. Our Daily Bread makes an ideal place to stop when travelling the Pacific Highway, offering a welcoming ambiance to all who enter and a quirky arrangement of cosy lounges and dining tables to choose from, surrounded by artistic ceramics and pottery from the 50s through to the 70s. 

Folonomo | Surry Hills NSW

Warm the heart and soul at Folonomo, a trendy Bourke Street restaurant in Surry Hills creating tantalising cuisine ‘for love, not money.' This feel-good, profit for purpose restaurant is a hit with locals, giving 100% of the profits made in the café back to charities chosen by the venue staff and nominated by those who dine. 

Little Treasures | Petersham NSW

A European inspired delight to discover in Petersham, find Little Treasures restaurant and bar on Stanmore Road. A warm interior is filled with soft light, illuminating bookshelves brimming with stories, leather lounges and vintage décor all neatly set for formal dining in an eclectic mix of refinement and comfort, with French doors that open up to the greenery of Maundrell Park providing a fresh, gentle breeze.  

"At Manna Lane, we're passionate about ensuring that our food is sourced from the most ethical and sustainable sources possible. So, it's only natural then that our eggs come from Tom's Paddock, where just a handful of chickens roam beautiful green pastures and forage for natural food."  ~ Manna Lane, directly quoted from their facebook page. 

Manna Lane | Mooroolbark VIC

At the foothills of Mt Dandenong sits Manna Lane café, a popular locale for nearby residents and those adventuring through the area in search of boutique roasted coffee and vibrant cuisine. Their menu is completely paddock to plate focussed, they even own a farm just down the road from the café in Lilydale. 

Jerry’s Milk Bar | Elwood VIC

Established in a century old building on Barkly Street, Jerry’s Milk Bar has become an icon in Elwood, loved by locals and visited by coastal day-trippers for decades. The café stands tall in a two storey red brick building and while all the original signage remains and the lolly jar counter still turns a high candy count, inside has since been refurbished in a warm and charming style. 

Common Galaxia | Seddon VIC

When looking for a café in Seddon that’s anything but ordinary, be sure to check out business chic, Common Galaxia. Industrial meets modern Scandinavian at Common Galaxia where the use of American oak veneer, raw steel, copper and adjustable wooden stools creates a wonderfully polished eco interior, which radiates sleek, signature style. 

The Shoe Chef Café | Dulwich Hill NSW

The Shoe Chef Café in Dulwich hill is loved by locals for a cheery vibe and a quirky shoe theme, tucked in among the boutiques of New Canterbury Road. Charcoal walls, touches of white and bright pops of yellow make for a clean and trendy look inside with artwork portraying all kinds of colourful shoes with sassy, outlandish styles surrounding guests as they dine or simply drop in for a quick coffee. The chef is rumoured to have more shoes than his wife (over 200 pairs) and heavily focusses on the motto “walk in and roll out” as the café serves generous serves of hearty food, with no kale is sight! 

Satellite| Newtown NSW

Going on 15 years now, underground Satellite Café continues to quirk up the backstreets of Newtown, with a lively vibe and trendy locals seeking out this venue on Wilson Street for coffee and tasty snacks. Radiating a funky vibe, this establishment is a gathering hub for artists, musos and eclectic friends looking for a cool and casual place for coffee tucked away from the city rush.  

Zara’z Espresso | Ashfield NSW

For a mouth-watering bite in Ashfield’s bustling shopping precinct, find Zara’z Espresso café sitting on Brown Street. Home to food coma inducing monster shakes! 

Satchmo Café | North Pert WA

This friendly establishment lures in those passing by with the smell of aromatic coffee, inviting them to join an already lively crowd mingling inside a bright and trendy setting, jazzed up with a soundtrack of groovy tunes. A harmonious combination of classic New York and traditional Jewish inspired dishes sees diners delving into deli-style foods and hearty, warming dishes bursting with flavour. 

 

Petals and Pinecones | Atherton QLD

For a refreshingly raw treat or a glutinous super shake to enjoy after a scrumptious meal, Petals & Pinecones garners a reputation among Atherton locals and visitors from afar. Hidden behind a door on the end of Herberton Road’s Supercheap Auto, P&P offers a delightfully warm and cosy interior filled with an eclectic mix of retro furnishings and vintage decor, welcoming in guests to stay and relax over a leisurely brunch catch-up.  

The Boot Factory | Coburg VIC

Originally the building for well-behaved prisoners to make shoes and boots for prison guards, The Boot Factory is now a popular Coburg venue to catch a delectable bite to eat on Pentridge Boulevard. Since being converted, the café has breathed new life into the history of Pentridge Prison (circa 1850s), by inviting locals and visitors from afar to unwind in a series of four dining spaces, each with the charming characteristics that still remain.  

One Plus Piece | Balwyn VIC

Round up your pirate crew and embark on a burger eating adventure at One Plus Piece café and burger bar, a venue inspired by the Japanese manga, One Piece, found along Melbourne’s Whitehorse Road. Running with the theme, walls are plastered in the wanted posters of manga cartoon characters and figurines line the countertop and back shelves with diners perched at the bar on black stools or dining alfresco to enjoy a lively street vibe. 

Little Bertie | Richmond VIC

Known for decades, Berties Butcher in Richmond now offers a café setting in which to enjoy their quality cuts, prepared fresh from the butchers knives and boards to plates at Little Bertie cafe. This cosy space is fitted out with lush plants while tantalising smells waft from the smoker installed in the back courtyard; the vibe is reminiscent to that of a beer garden, tucked down a laneway and overlooking a carpark, but provides an endearing ambiance to urban dining. 

Have more to suggest? Hit us up via pr@agfg.com.au.  

Breakfast Beckons

16 Breakfast Hotspots.  

As the weather heats up, the thought of sitting on the patio of your favourite café begins to become an urge more than just an idea. To put your plans into action, we’ve scoured some breakfast hotspots around Australia to bring you 16 inspiring breakfasts that will have you out of bed early.* If our suggestions aren't near, simply search via your location here.

Asparagus wrapped in charred jamon, served on sourdough with slow poached eggs and topped with toasted pepper hollandaise at Hobba, Prahran VIC.

Sebastian’s Food & Wine | Hampton VIC

Middle Eastern crumbed eggs with crispy kale, spiced fruit and hollandaise.

Mercetta | Mornington VIC

House toasted granola with goji berries and chia honey yoghurt. Available take away or dine in.

Tailrace Café | Riverside TAS

Two poached eggs served with salmon on sourdough. Tailrace Big Breakfast. Sweet blueberry buttermilk pancakes with crème fraiche. Breakfast salad with haloumi. Savoury pancakes topped with bacon, caramelised banana and maple syrup. Fresh fruit salad with yoghurt (middle).

The Royal | Darlinghurst NSW

Super crispy wok fried egg on a slow roasted pork and sesame slaw on a brioche toast topped with Sriracha.

Ten One Ate | Essendon VIC

“Eggs Benedict.” Free range eggs with pulled pork, Mr Little organic apple cider hollandaise, crispy pancetta and apple pearls.

The Flinders Street Project | Adelaide City SA

French toast with chocolate salted caramel, freeze dried berries, poached pear and mascarpone.

Duchess of Spotswood | Melbourne City VIC

Smoked brisket, seared tongue and oxtail hash with fried egg and house-made Branston pickle.

Mr Hendricks | Balwyn VIC

The crispy eggs, soft-boiled, rolled in panko breadcrumbs and deep-fried for just 30 seconds, served with a salad of ham hock chunks, sweet potato puree, fennel, radish and walnuts on sourdough toast.

Acustico Café | Brunswick VIC

Simplicity at its best: salmon and poached egg salad.

No. 4 Robe | Robe SA

Borteli bacon, pork and fennel sausages, The Splendid Egg’s free range eggs as you like, house beans, homemade potato hash, and slow roasted tomatoes on sourdough with mushrooms.

Small-fry | Hobart City TAS

Earthy, tangy, sweet and fresh: du puy lentils, radicchio, fig, goat’s curd, shallot dressing and herbs.

The Reveley | Perth City WA

Smoothie bowl. Currently featuring a coconut smoothie bowl with steel cut oat granola, freeze dried strawberries and coconut yoghurt.

Milkbar & Co | Mt Martha VIC

Their infamous handmade Dr Marty’s Crumpets topped with scrambled eggs, crab and green chilli relish.

Lt. Osteria | Melbourne City VIC

Crushed avocado with heirloom tomatoes, baby radish and Meredith goat’s cheese on sourdough.

Ronnie’s Place | Gold Coast QLD

Zucchini and corn fritter with smashed avocado. Photograph by Frankly Photography.

*Dishes discussed in reference to venues are an example of their food. Menus may have changed since the completion of this article, click through to each venue and delve into their menus for current breakfast offerings. 

Tea Time: The Female Embrace

Did you know over 70% of Twinings' Australian market is made up of women?

That is why, next year, Twinings will be celebrating 300 years of female pioneers in the tea industry. At a time (18th century) when women were losing their men for the night to the lure of coffee houses, where they would drink, do business and carry on in a lascivious manner, tea came along as the height of aristocracy, where women could host their husband’s business partners in the home, while keeping a good eye on their behaviour. 

The focus of the coffee houses, was as the name suggests, coffee (as well as alcohol), giving Twinings' creator, Thomas Twining a competitive edge. In 1717 he launched The Golden Lyon in London, one of the first coffee and tea houses in history to welcome women in to buy and enjoy tea as well as socialise. Thomas began making a name for himself for the pure quality of the tea he was selling, as at the time the tax on tea was astronomical, which gave way to a lot of black market dealings from tea smugglers who would mix their product with dirt, sticks and leaves to increase the volume for profit. Twinings tea was never mixed, which led to Queen Victoria granting Twinings its first Royal Warrant for tea in 1837. 

Stephen Twining and Philippa Thacker, enjoying a cuppa at Eleven Rooftop Bar in Brisbane CBD, Image: Anna Osetroff.  

In celebration of this history, through last June, Twinings' Master tea blender Philippa Thacker and Stephen Twining, a 10th generation member of the Twinings family, embarked on a whirlwind tour of Australia’s capital cities to become inspired and to develop a unique 300th anniversary tea that is not only new but distinctive of the Australian palate.

“My main challenge here is to engage with some Australian women in each state to find out a bit about their palates, their likes and dislikes and what they want out of a cup of tea,” Thacker says.

Philippa Thacker master blending tea, Image: Anna Osetroff.  

Along with the tour, Twinings announced the names of 33* iconic and inspirational Australian women who have submitted artworks to the Twinings Design Challenge. Finalists will be announced in September and from the 10, Archibald Prize judge, Ashley Dawson-Damer will select four designs which will be seen on our shelves early 2017.  

Post launch, we (the public) will be able to vote for our favourite design and ultimately one design will win and 10c for every pack sold over a period of four years will be donated to the winning participant’s charity of choice.

With over 23 years’ of experience in blending tea, Thacker will take inspiration from the sophistication of Melbourne, the energetic vibrancy of Sydney, the wine of Adelaide, the red Earth of Perth and the sunshine of Queensland and blend this into a national blend for all Australians to enjoy.

The pack designs and the new Twinings tea will be revealed through the year and into 2017 – so keep an eye out for something new in the tea section of your local supermarket.  

*the 33 participants are as follows: 1. Anna Bligh 2. Annalise Braakensiek 3. Bridie Carter 4. Carrie Bickmore 5. Celia Ireland 6. Chris Bath 7. Christine Manfield 8. Chyka Keebaugh 9. Emma Freedman, 10. Emma Watkins 11. Erica Packer 12. Jessica Rowe 13. Jo Stanley 14. Kathryn Eisman 15. Kerri-Anne Kennerly 16. Kym Ellery 17. Kimberley Hawryluk 18. Kylie Gillies 19. Lauryn Eagle 20. Lisa Black 21. Mary Lascaris 22. Meshel Laurie 23. Natalie Barr 24. Natalie Bassingthwaite 25. Nicole Kidman 26. Noriko Watanabe 27. Olivia Phyland 28. Rachel Ward 29. Samantha Armytage 30. Samantha Harris 31. Samantha Jade 32. Shaynna Blaze 33. Susan Carland.

12 of our Favourite Brunch Ideas

Breakfast + Sleep In + Lunch = Brunch.

Is the briskness of the wind still keeping you locked indoors? No matter! We’ve brought you brunch inspo that’ll last for days. These delicious recipes will have you longing to neglect breakfast and move straight onto the day’s golden hour to indulge in the most beautiful marriage of words to date. 

Amandip Uppal’s Indian Made Easy, Creamy Peas and Mushrooms.

Olivia Andrews’ Whole Food, Slow Cooked Quinoa and Chia Porridge.

Kate Walsh’s Real Food Projects, Pear, Hazelnut and Ginger Granola.

Peter Gordon’s Savour, Millet, Roast Veggies, Pietro’s Egg and Pomegranate.

1. Macadamia Breakfast in a Jar.

2. Macadamia Quinoa Porridge with Baked Rhubarb.

3. Slow Cooker Crunchy Granola.

Hemsley and Hemsley’s Good + Simple Huevos Rancheros.

Jason Crawford’s The Gunshop Café’s Housemade Honey with Cinnamon Labna, served on Toasted Walnut Bread.

4. Brownie Batter Oats.

5. Asparagus and Crushed Peas on Toast. 

6. Berrylicious Pancakes

Cafe Culture: A Photographic Journey

A montage of Australia's cafe lifestyle. 

No matter which corner of Australia you occupy, café culture: drinking coffee, having breakfast/brunch and generally “chilling out” in your favourite hideaway is routine, and luckily for some it’s part of their daily comings and goings.

Tomboy, Collingwood VIC.

Whether you’re one to cosy up in the corner with a good book, or huddle over your laptop as close to the wifi as possible – you all make up the wonderful, beautiful café culture of Australia. Reminisce with regular café scenes below. 

21Grams Espresso Bar, Dee Why NSW.

Frank and Connie's Kitchen, Hepburn Springs VIC.

Franks 'n Beans, Corrimal NSW.

Farmers Daughter, Yarralumla ACT.

Hoppa & Joe, Fairfield VIC.

Le Petit Prince, Armadale VIC.

Little Tommy Tucker, Bentleigh VIC. 

Lt. Osteria, Melbourne City VIC. 

Posto No. 19, Rushcutters Bay NSW. 

Small-fry, Hobart City TAS. 

Something More, Fitzroy VIC. 

Sudio Cafe, Canberra City ACT. 

The Press Book House, Newcastle City NSW.

The Wholesome Nest, Carrum VIC.

Wolfe & Co, Dural NSW. 

Worn-Out-Wares Cafe, Singleton NSW. Image by: Emily Jane.

Yardmill, Toorak VIC. 

Z.I.A Kitchen, Roselands NSW.  

A Stand Out Shiraz, Ready for Christmas

By David Ellis from vintnews

It’s not often we get the chance to taste a $150 bottle of what is obviously up there with the very best of the best, so when that opportunity did come our way recently it proved not only one of our most memorable tasting experiences, it decided us on just what we’ll be putting with the family Christmas turkey this year. 

We’re talking about a Wynn’s Michael Shiraz from the best-of-vintage fruit off their best vineyards in Coonawarra, and made only in exceptional years when the most extraordinary of fruit is available, in this case 2013. First labelled in 1955, company proprietor David Wynn released the wine as a one-off in that year after noticing the outstanding quality of two particular barrels, and naming it Michael after his son. 

It has since gone on to become something of a legend of the Australian industry, and one of the most highly-regarded of Aussie Shiraz – which is saying something. Endless layers of fruit, spice and texture are centre to this 2013, together with powdery tannins, nutty oak and suggestions of ginger. 

All of which make for it being the perfect partner with the Christmas turkey, and why all our family will be pitching-in for a couple of bottles with ours this year.

One to note: it’s hard to believe that it has been 45 years since Yellowglen first hit hotel and bottle-shop shelves across this country, and since then showing that Australia can be up there with the best when it comes to making stand-out bubblies for all-occasion celebrations. 

One such that’s now available and worth looking at for special events or festivities is their 2009 Perle Vintage, made from the classic sparkling wine grape varieties of Pinot Noir (60%), Chardonnay (30%) and Pinot Meunier (10%) harvested across a selection of Yellowglen’s vineyards in Victoria and South Australia.  

At $25, its prominent lemon zest and mineral flavours are coupled with grapefruit and nougat to make for a wonderfully elegant and memorable celebratory drop.

Rebel Roasters

Looking for Australia’s best coffee? It was hard for us to narrow it down, but delve into twelve passionate, nonconformist cafés that are taking your morning coffee to a whole new level.

 

Whether you take your poison black, with milk, over ice, filtered or dripped – these roasters will have you sipping on liquid perfection.

21Grams Espresso Bar | Dee Why NSW

Passionate about coffee and creating tasty café fare, 21 Grams Espresso Bar has fast become a Dee Why go-to hotspot on South Creek Road. A specialty house blend coffee will send noses sniffing in search of a cup to savour with full bodied, medium to dark roast with sweet overtones to complement a cheeky morning snack.

Mykies By The Bay | Parrearra QLD

Discover Mykies by the Bay, Cafe, Bar and Restaurant on Grand Parade in Kawana Island, serving modern Italian cuisine with a fusion of Middle Eastern flavours while emanating the surrounding holiday vibe of the Sunshine Coast. Using boutique local roasters, Barossa coffee beans, Mykies has produced their own blend, aptly named, “Mykies Blend,” which they use across their whole menu from early morning lattes to evening espresso martinis.

Tomboy | Collingwood VIC

Carefully selected coffee beans are supplied by specialty roasters such as St. Ali and Maker Fine Coffee to enjoy with classic cafe dishes crafted from locally sourced gourmet produce. 

Bobbi Beans | Balwyn North VIC

Indulge in a short but sweet menu of delectable choices as owner, Daniel provides samplers of a range of single origin coffee bean brews. Under his guidance, find the flavour that suits your palate best and have him mix up a personalised bag of blended beans to take home and tantalise your tastebuds with every day of the week, or simply keep coming back to enjoy his skilful artisan coffee-making.

Black Brew Espresso | Regents Park NSW

Cosy and charming with a black and white interior theme, Black Brew Espresso feels warm in ambiance, filled with fragrant smells and a constant hum thanks to the lively chatter of conversation as regular diners mingle inside this well-loved venue over a specialty coffee and decadent cronut. 

ONA Coffee House | Fyshwick ACT

Canberra locals who take their coffee drinking seriously frequent ONA Coffee House on Wollongong Street, home of the 2015 World Barista Champion, Sasa Sestic. Alongside working with new technology and even developing their own equipment, ONA maintains a careful selection process for beans worldwide, to ensure every cup is a delight to the senses.

Eastfield Coffee Co | Croydon VIC

For a specialty coffee or a bite to eat in Croydon, head to The Mall and join loyal locals inside the Eastfield Coffee Co café, delivering boutique roasted and ground beans to ever cup.

Haven – Tailoring Coffee Joyously | Surry Hills NSW

Individually customised coffee just became a reality for Sydney dwellers at Haven Tailoring Coffee Joyously on Chalmers Street just opposite Central Train Station. A coffee lovers' dream is what you’ll experience at Haven, with the opportunity to delve into Coffee Tailoring – the art of modifying specific attributes including: acidity, sweetness, aroma, body and after-taste in addition to brewing styles.

Ironwood Coffee Company | Woolwich NSW

Enjoy an aromatic specialty coffee experience at Ironwood Coffee Company café and restaurant, found at the far end of Woolwich Road. After a few hints from skilled baristas, choose from over 30 varieties of fair-trade, organic and Rainforest Alliance coffee roasts sourced from around the world, then take time to peruse a mouth-watering cafe menu for vibrant dishes. 

Old Green Bean | Bendigo VIC

Finding popularity among a local Bendigo crowd, pay a visit to Old Green Bean coffee shop and café for a bite to eat and aromatic caffeine on Lyttleton Terrace. An onsite microbrewery roasts a house blend of coffee beans daily to tantalise the senses, best enjoyed over a leisurely meal crafted from the harvests of seasonal, local produce. 

Social Brew Café | Pyrmont NSW

Taking out the 3rd spot on Yelp’s Top 100 Coffees in Australia, Social Brew Café is nestled comfortably under the branches of Harris Street’s trees and offers a sunny alfresco verandah and a trendy red and black interior, ideal for enjoying a catch-up with friends.

Elephant Boy Café | Bowral NSW

Elephant Boy serves only fair trade, organic coffee from high quality beans that are roasted on site in a traditional Italian imported cast iron roaster to complement fine cafe fare. 

If you think your local does the best coffee, let us know on pr@agfg.com.au! We have a few more considerations for you, in no particular order than by state:

NSW:

Drip Coffee Traders, Collaroy Beach.

Cruise Espresso, Freshwater.

Edition Coffee Roasters, Darlinghurst.   

The Coffee Factree, Camden.

Espresso Head, Byron Bay.  

Three Doors Down, Mona Vale.

OneOne4, Lismore.

Lid & Jar, Chatswood.

QLD:

The Coffee & Tea Factory, Broadbeach.

Simply Beans, Brisbane.

Herveys Range Heritage Tea Rooms, Hervey Range.

Costa Noosa Espresso, Sunshine Beach.

VIC:

Manna Lane, Mooroolbark.

Something More, Fitzroy VIC.

SA:

Motherduck, Goolwa. 

The Grind at Norwood, Norwood.

The Coffee Man

Are you looking to fall in love? Because Sasa Sestic, now dubbed The Coffee Man, has a team of hunters, browners, slurpers, packers, sellers, drivers, teachers, fixers and brewers just waiting to tie the knot with you at ONA Coffee House in the relaxed Canberra town of Fyshwick. 

ONA isn’t just another coffee house headed by a passionate barista, it’s a coffee house with a team of people in absolute awe of coffee who wish for you to have the same passionate, loving relationship. Beginning much like Steve Jobs, in a simple garage, ONA was born and Sasa went on to become not only Australia’s Barista Champion but he also took out the title of World’s Best Barista in 2015.  

Competing and winning isn’t the sole driving force behind Sasa’s ambition, the accessibility to quality and well treated “green” coffee beans is what put Sasa on his award-winning path.

“I compete because of what happens … on the farms, I don’t do this to showcase [myself], I do it because I naturally want to look at improving coffee,” says Sasa. 

Sasa ventures and seeks out producers who not only grow quality coffee but are also open to the opportunity to explore, innovate and improve their beans. In doing so, Sasa had two filmmakers join him on one of his bean-hunting trips to showcase the effort that goes into finding “the perfect bean.” Little did they know that their material would substantiate into a documentary. We’ve got a snippet of it for you below – be sure to follow them on facebook for more on the film. Canberrans can check out his coffee at these locations and if you’re a budding barista, check out his Ona Coffee Distributor (OCD) and Tamper.

5 Ways to Take Your Morning Coffee

They say sleep is a weak substitute for coffee and being home to some of the grindest baristas in the world, there is no reason for any of us to wake up with a bad coffee.

Right to left, top to bottom: Flat White from Edition Coffee Roasters, Filtered Coffee from Haven - Tailoring Coffee Joyously, Espresso Martini, Cold Drip Coffee, Vietnamese Egg Coffee. 

We’re all about quality, not quantity when it comes to our coffee consumption per capita, but that doesn’t mean some of us don’t ponder life’s largest questions when staring at the bottom of our empty cups. So, if you’re bored with your double shot, single origin ristretto, kick back on these five ways to take your morning coffee.  

The New Cappuccino:

Coffee fanatics previously seen sipping their chocolate-dusted skinny cappuccino with two teaspoons of sugar can now be heard all over the country requesting cold drip coffee. For those of us yet to join in the hype, this can sound like another fast trend that too shall pass, when in reality; cold drip or cold brew is an age-old method and thought to have origins in South-East Asia.

Want a cold brew at home? Prisma has just launched a crowdfunded coffeemaker promising you your brew in 10 minutes. Want some more in-depth knowledge, check out Cold Drip Coffee is the New Cappuccino.

The Pour Over:

A gentle and easy brewing method which creates a clean cup of coffee. All you’ll need is a filter cone, filter paper, freshly roasted coffee and boiling water. Check out this video from Market Lane Coffee for more inspo: 

The Flat Way:

Forget the espresso-lane and leisurely wind up the road where most Antipodeans still mingle and enjoy a flat white. Until recently, the flat white was only known down under and for foreigners, it was mostly confused with the latte, we’re here to clear up that confusion. The flat white, like the latte, is prepared with espresso and milk but the flat white has less milk than a latte as well as less foamed milk on top. So, if you like your coffee with less milk but not so less that it’s black, the flat white is for you.

Turning Vietnamese:

When in Vietnam, do as the Vietnamese do and enjoy egg coffee. Traditionally prepared with egg yolks, sugar, condensed milk and espresso, it’s definitely not boring. Want to try it? Here’s the recipe.

The Martini: 

Drunk by the cool crowd, in a trendy down town Melbourne bar, the espresso martini will certainly give you a kick out of bed in the morning. While we don’t recommend these on days when you have to drive to work, we certainly don’t see why you can’t feel like you’re the lead character in a famous movie every Sunday. We have a recipe here

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