Merlo Coffee to open flagship roastery in Melbourne

Merlo Coffee has announced it will open a new flagship store and roastery to be launched in Melbourne later this year. “Though we supply cafés all over Victoria, we’ll set up our new Melbourne home in the inner city so that Merlo fans can drop in and see how it all happens,” says Chris Read, Merlo Coffee National Sales Manager. The Brisbane-based, independently owned coffee operation has set its sights on more than doubling its Melbourne roasting for the local wholesale and retail market.
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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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Tim Adams and Shae Macnamara to host workshop at Fine Food Queensland

Fine Food Queensland will take place at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre from 10 – 12 April. Fine Food Queensland is the regional trade food show with a focus on the foodservice, retail and hospitality industry of Queensland. From sustainable packaging to baking secrets, event organisers say this year’s show promises to bring the best of the state’s producers and businesses to the forefront of the food and hospitality industry.
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