Want to master the art of the alternate brew?

Looking to experience and see your coffee through a new light? Our Alternate Brew Method classes shine the spotlight on the increasingly popular brew methods including the Chemex, Aeropress, Siphon and V60.

Espresso School Trainer, Tom Hespe’s take on why teaching is its own reward.

Teaching is its own reward. In my many years as a barista trainer I have never really tired of the process. It’s simple; new names on a list every morning. You never know who is going to join the next class. No doubt this would terrify some people, bore the hell out of others. Me?

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A guide to choosing the best café and barista for your coffee

If Tom Hespe taught high school he’d be the cool teacher; the one the boys wanted to hang with and the girls giggled about. He plays in a band, wears understated yet edgy shirts with slim cut jeans and is deeply serious about coffee. As the senior trainer for Toby’s Estate espresso school, Tom’s role is

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Espresso Rico

You’ve heard of garage bands? Well, I was a garage roaster. Which makes Espresso Rico, my first blend, a bit like my debut album.


If this coffee was grown in Broadway instead of just being roasted here, one suspects it would taste quite different. Coffee, like wine, takes its characteristics from the location, and this area has never been a delicate place.


“You really don’t know what you’re doing do you?’” The bloke had walked right into the part of the day I loved the most. Mum had taken her afternoon trip to the bank and I’d jumped on the forbidden coffee machine at last. The question was pitched in a thick Italian accent and wasn’t really

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Opening a café in Melbourne was partly an excuse to go and mix it with mates down there, which is what coffee is about. If I wasn’t based in Sydney I’d live in Melbourne in a second. I love how it is street oriented. Bikes, cafés, hanging around – that’s just what you do. We

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How to ensure freshness with every cup.

Here are some tips on how to make sure your coffee always remains fresh and tasting its very best. No one wants to drink a bad coffee, right?

Our Best Kept Coffee Tips

Let us share with you a few of our favourite coffee tips, from what makes a great filter coffee to where your coffee comes from.

Our Local Community Coffee Tree

Did you ever think you could grow a coffee tree in your backyard? Well with the right environment and care you can. Tom and Pablo, our trainers’ from the Woolloomooloo Espresso School have been working with the local Woolloomooloo community to care for a coffee tree over the last few years that they finally had the pleasure to roast

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