Our Valued Sponsor
OpinionsConsumer ReviewsGuides and How TosCoffeeGeek ReviewsResourcesForums
opinions and articles
Coffee in Australia by Alan Frew
Celebrate The Bean
Author: Alan Frew
Posted: March 29, 2003
Article rating: 8.1
feedback: (9) comments | read | write


It's a beautiful, warm, sunny day in Melbourne as I write this, and the "Celebrate The Bean" part of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, www.melbfoodwinefest.com.au, is on as I write. This is a coffee festival for the consumer, with stalls (the white tents) on the upper level for domestic machines, and the lower level for commercial machines and roasters.

There are consumer "seminars" on growing, home roasting, espresso, domestic machines and more, and it's PACKED with people! Below is a pictorial record of the event.

Click for larger image Click for larger image
The Coffee Academy at William Angliss College display booth.
Breville (thermoblock) machines and grinders
Click for larger image Click for larger image
Gaggia, the Carrezza is on sale for US$200.00.
DeLonghi Machines..they're still selling the rebadged Solis 166 cheaper than I can buy it!
Click for larger image Click for larger image
Jura Superautos on display
I saw the new digital Incanto at the Saeco stall
Click for larger image Click for larger image
Sunbeam, made in China
Roger of Coffeeselect (www.coffeeselect.com.au) had the ECM machines on display.
Click for larger image Click for larger image
Krups was displayed by Andronicus, a Nestle brand.
..and next door were the Nespresso machines & capsules.

Then it was downstairs to the "Commercial" section, where the local roasters were selling their wares for A$1.50 (US$0.75) per cup. You can see why Australian espresso culture is more like that of Italy than the USA, these guys are about a third of the companies in the local Melbourne market!

Vittoria Coffeeparts
Vittoria Coffee, the local Faema dealers.
Dom from Coffeeparts, www.coffeeparts.com
Crivelli Eureka
Crivelli Coffee were showing the Vibiemme E-61 machines.
Eureka Coffee are local growers and roasters.
Gravity Organic
Gravity Coffee pack in "Illy style" tins.
Organic Coffee claim to be Australia's only organic certified roasters.
Monte Segafredo
Monte Coffee had the La Spaziale machines on display.
Segafredo Zanetti, one of the "multinationals".
Amanti Timms
Amanti were displaying their "thermoblock" commercial machine, dual hopper grinder and lever tamper.
Robert Timms is an old Australian brand now owned by a Multinational food company.
Jasper Grinders
Jasper Coffee are one of the few truly "Specialty" roasters in Melbourne.
Finally, the Grinders coffee stall. They represent Grimac machines. Their original Lygon Street store was the first place I ever purchased coffee beans, over 30 years ago!

Giancarlo Gusti

The gentleman in the picture above is Giancarlo Gusti, who actually sold me that first bag of coffee beans! He has been roasting and blending in Melbourne since 1962, originally selling to the large local Italian community, then to Uni students, and now all over Australia. He is what we call "a lovely bloke" and has the sort of respect from his peers, the public and the local food industry that someone like Don Schoenholt has in the USA.

I don't know of anywhere outside Australia where these sorts of consumer oriented events are held, but I reckon they're a good thing!

Article rating: 8.1
Author: Alan Frew
Posted: March 29, 2003
feedback: (9) comments | read | write
All Retired Columnists Articles
These articles are listed in alphabetical order, first by columnist, then by article title.
A day in the life
Alan Frew, 04.24.2002, Rated: 7.4
A Dinner Party Challenge
Alan Frew, 10.15.2002, Rated: 7.8
Domestic Espresso Repair
Alan Frew, 05.20.2002, Rated: 9.1
Domestic Grinder Analysis
Alan Frew, 08.30.2002, Rated: 8.5
Domestic Machine Reviews
Alan Frew, 08.22.2003, Rated: 8.2
Domestic Machine Roundup
Alan Frew, 07.01.2002, Rated: 8.8
Espresso Blend Building
Alan Frew, 03.25.2002, Rated: 7.7
Imex Roaster Revisited
Alan Frew, 12.15.2001, Rated: 7.5
Meditations on a Mantra
Alan Frew, 09.28.2002, Rated: 8.3
My View of SCAA 2002
Alan Frew, 06.10.2002, Rated: 8.2
Plenty Questions
Alan Frew, 01.22.2002, Rated: 8.4
Price Up, Taste Down
Alan Frew, 01.07.2002, Rated: 8.2
Show Me The Money!
Alan Frew, 12.28.2001, Rated: 8.4
Small Espresso Tweaks
Alan Frew, 02.14.2003, Rated: 8.5
Suck It And See
Alan Frew, 08.09.2002, Rated: 8.1
The Coffee Academy
Alan Frew, 07.21.2003, Rated: 7.7
The Top 10 Coffee Myths
Alan Frew, 07.15.2002, Rated: 8.1
Turn on, Tune in, Espresso out
Alan Frew, 02.23.2002, Rated: 8.3
Up at the Sharp End
Alan Frew, 05.24.2003, Rated: 7.5
Andrea Illy Speaks in New York
Liz Clayton, 01.15.2008, Rated: 8.3
NYC Cafe Scene Report: March 2008
Liz Clayton, 03.28.2008, Rated: 8.7
Humble Beginnings
Aaron De Lazzer, 01.25.2002, Rated: 7.5
Latte "Tips", Part Two
Aaron De Lazzer, 12.28.2001, Rated: 8.0
Latte Art, some "Tips"
Aaron De Lazzer, 12.10.2001, Rated: 7.6
Love and Hate in Espresso
Aaron De Lazzer, 07.26.2003, Rated: 8.1
Mediocre Coffee
Aaron De Lazzer, 07.13.2003, Rated: 7.9
Ristretto Shots
Aaron De Lazzer, 02.24.2002, Rated: 7.9
Training Espresso
Aaron De Lazzer, 06.28.2003, Rated: 8.4
An Introduction
Jason Dominy, 04.28.2012, Rated: 8.6
Making Progress
Ed Gabrielle, 09.15.2002, Rated: 8.5
Meeting Silvia
Ed Gabrielle, 07.21.2002, Rated: 6.9
Ethiopian Sidamos
Karen Hamilton, 10.15.2008, Rated: 8.8
Ritual Coffee
Karen Hamilton, 11.15.2008, Rated: 8.6
Coffee Business Journey
Jack Hanna, 04.08.2012, Rated: 8.3
Coffee and a Donut
James Hoffmann, 06.02.2007, Rated: 7.0
James Hoffmann, 10.14.2006, Rated: 8.9
Bean There Part 4
Terry Montague, 05.26.2002, Rated: 8.6
Bean There, Roasted That Pt.3
Terry Montague, 01.28.2002, Rated: 8.5
Beans & Roasts, Pt.2
Terry Montague, 01.13.2002, Rated: 9.0
Beans and Roasts, Pt.1
Terry Montague, 12.31.2001, Rated: 8.3
Good taste - Good cause
Terry Montague, 04.29.2002, Rated: 8.8
Notes from the Road
Lou Pescarmona, 08.16.2002, Rated: 8.3
Reluctant Admission
Lou Pescarmona, 05.12.2002, Rated: 8.3
Supreme Bean
Lou Pescarmona, 06.16.2002, Rated: 8.2
Cold Espresso
Jim Piccinich, 10.23.2002, Rated: 8.3
Power Protection
Jim Piccinich, 03.01.2003, Rated: 6.3
So Many Choices
Jim Piccinich, 09.15.2002, Rated: 8.4
Temp Regulation 101
Jim Piccinich, 07.04.2003, Rated: 8.1
What is a Heat Exchanger?
Jim Piccinich, 07.14.2003, Rated: 7.7
Faema E61 Part 2
Paul Pratt, 12.18.2007, Rated: 8.8
Faema E61 Restoration
Paul Pratt, 06.05.2007, Rated: 8.8
Setting the Scene
Paul Pratt, 11.15.2003, Rated: 6.7
Barista Basics, or Not
George Sabados, 05.03.2004, Rated: 7.8
Cafe Culture Downunder
George Sabados, 06.12.2007, Rated: 7.8
Changing Cafe Owner Thinking
George Sabados, 02.06.2006, Rated: 7.6
The End of the Barista
George Sabados, 12.27.2006, Rated: 7.8
"Espresso", a review.
Ted Simpson, 01.20.2002, Rated: 8.2
A Quick Introduction
Ted Simpson, 12.14.2001, Rated: 8.5
The Hunt
Ted Simpson, 12.28.2001, Rated: 8.6
Grinder Adjustments
Chris Weaver, 03.01.2012, Rated: 8.1
Login Password
forgot pw | signup
Demitasse Spoons
Elegant demitasse spoons for special occasions and everyday use.
Learn @seattlecoffeegear
Learn all about coffee, watch videos, read how-to articles.
Better Coffee Beans
Better coffee for a better day. These beans might just change your life.
Home | Opinions | Consumer Reviews | Guides & How Tos | CoffeeGeek Reviews | Resources | Forums | Contact Us
CoffeeGeek.com, CoffeeGeek, and Coffee Geek, along with all associated content & images are copyright ©2000-2015 by Mark Prince, all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated. Content, code, and images may not be reused without permission. Usage of this website signifies agreement with our Terms and Conditions. (0.384007930756)
Privacy Policy | Copyright Info | Terms and Conditions | CoffeeGeek Advertisers | RSS | Find us on Google+