Sazón Espresso

Sazón Espresso

In 2011, Oswaldo and Jose Estrella channelled their Mexican heritage and more than 20 years of hospitality experience into their first café, Sazón Espresso, in Mount Barker. In 2015, the cousins added a second venue in the Adelaide CBD to their portfolio. “We felt there were a lot of places that really had similar concepts and that we could do something different,” Oswaldo says.
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Barbosa Fine Foods

Barbosa Fine Foods

While Barbosa is a name many film fans will associate with The Pirates of the Caribbean, thanks to Barbosa Fine Food Deli, the population of Robina in Queensland instead connects the name to good coffee and high-end organic products. Located in the food precinct of the Robina Town Centre, Barbosa Fine Foods provides fresh local produce, as well as imported cheeses, meats, and other items you’d expect to find at an Italian deli.
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Commonplace Coffee Brewers

Commonplace Coffee Brewers

At Commonplace Coffee Brewers in the Melbourne CBD, Owner Nicholas Ma says the customer experience comes first. “We try to add value and give back to the community rather than only focusing on business and making a lot of money,” Nick says. “Even in our name, we wanted to create a ‘common place’ that was welcoming and grounded, not too pretentious.
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Caffeine Trader

Caffeine Trader

Situated in Westfield Carousel Shopping Centre, local hot spot Caffeine Trader is the perfect pit stop after a long shopping trip.  Since opening, the Caffeine Trader team has seamlessly emerged within the Western Australian community. The coffee lovers of Cannington have been extremely happy and welcoming of the offering. The café says it has become their home away from home within the centre.
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Roma Bar

Roma Bar

For more than four decades, Roma Bar has been a fixture of the Darwin CBD, and since 1989, the café has been owned by Phoebe Breyer-Menke’s parents. In 2012, Phoebe bought out half of Roma Bar and now operates the café with her mother.
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Bloom Room

The Bloom Room

The idea behind The Bloom Room’s flowery aesthetic blossomed from Co-owners Giorgina Venzin and Chris Hollingsworth sitting down with a piece of paper, a pen, and a bit of inspiration from Pinterest and European café design.  “Everywhere you look there’s flowers,” Chris says. “We covered the ceiling with wisterias and set up a floral wall. “We’d noticed at a few pop-up cafés that flower walls were popular for Instagram shots. Social media is so powerful when it comes to marketing these days. We thought, ‘why not create a flower wall where people can come in, get great food, great coffee, and get that photo?’”
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Byron Fresh

Byron Fresh

In 2004, hospitality veteran Markus Hofer took over Byron Fresh, a café located just 50 metres from the beach in Byron Bay. Byron Fresh first appeared on Markus’s radar while scouting locations for a previous employer.
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Hard Coffee Beach Café

In terms of location, there’s not much more you could want from Hard Coffee. The Noosa-based café is located just across the road from Noosa Heads Main Beach, and there’s a steady flow of surfers, locals, and tourists who pass by the idyllic spot for a surf or to stop at Shane Newton’s café for quality-produced coffee. “When I started here 11 years ago we were one of the only cafés serving specialty coffee and doing it well, but now the culture has become stronger and there’s a number of small roasters in Noosa and a greater push towards specialty coffee,” he says. “It’s good for the town to have options. It does make it more competitive, but it has also educated people to have a greater appreciation for specialty coffee.”
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Café Diversity

Café Diversity Owners Kris and Emily De Silva have gone from running a Melbourne reception centre that served 400 meals in one sitting, to a 160-seater beachside café in Queensland. “It was time for a sea change. We spent 10 years in Melbourne running the centre, but had always wanted to move up to Queensland. We bought a caravan, travelled for seven months, then decided to make Redcliffe home. We’ve been there two years now,” Kris says.
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The Candy Shop

  When customers walk in the doors of The Candy Shop, they definitely won’t be hearing 50 Cents’ rendition of the song. Rather, Woo Hyung Lee, two-time New Zealand AeroPress Champion and venue Co-owner, says customers can expect to feel the euphoria he felt as a child when he first set upon a candy shop. “It’s all about happiness and excitement,” Lee says. “I love meeting people, making friends, drinking good coffee and food, and this is exactly what The Candy Shop is all about.”
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