Australian CIGS Champion Shae Macnamara opens Expat Roasters in Bali

ASCA 2016 Australian Coffee in Good Spirits Champion Shae Macnamara has joined forces with Australian entrepreneur Adam McAsey to launch Expat.Roasters in Bali.

Expat.Roasters is located in the heart of Seminyak, right next door to Adam’s other cafe venture Sisterfields.

The specialty coffee brew bar and wholesale business started as a passion project for the two Aussies who were driven by a desire to produce “an exceptional, unpretentious brew”  from the ground up.

Co-founder Shae says Expat’s point of difference is its approachable ethos around all things coffee alongside its heavy focus on education and training.

“We specialise in high quality specialty coffee, yes, but the whole reason for doing this is to bring a new approach to the coffee industry in Indonesia. We want to collaborate within the industry and educate coffee lovers along the way,” Shae says.

Coffee is first and foremost on the menu, including espresso-based drinks and alternative brew methods such as the V60 pour over.

In the centre of the café sits a cement bench with a custom designed La Marzocco PB with built in auto brew ratio scales and independent boilers, one of the most technically advanced machines on the market.

As residents of the island, Expat.Roasters works closely and respectfully with local Indonesian farmers and producers to source the finest quality local product to complement their nomadic collection of beans from around the globe.

Additionally, Expat.Roasters wholesale their specialty coffee across the Indonesian cafe market.

“Our house blend Nomad is a combination of three Indonesian coffees, an Arche Gayo from Sumatra and two local Balinese beans from the Kintamani region,” Shae says.

All three are processed differently to give balance in the cup. As for its singles, Shae is excited with what’s out in the market and the speciality brokers he works with.

“The perfect bean is a delicate combination of both art and science – recognising a superior product from the point it’s handpicked to the myriad of scientific processes that determine its final flavour. A delicate balance of hand, head (and heart),” Shae explains.

Expat.Roasters is working to foster the burgeoning coffee and barista community of Bali by introducing the culture of making a good brew across the island, one cup at a time.

A selection of treats are also available, such as house-made banana bread with single origin espresso butter, designed to match the brew being served, and filled donuts, all made fresh daily.

Melbourne-based Travis Walton Architects designed The Brew Bar, alongside 21-19, an award-winning brand and communications agency, both behind the 8 Degree Projects venues in Indonesia.

Expat. Roasters is part of the 8 Degree Projects Group, specialising in memorable establishments throughout Asia.

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