After a decade of operating in Australia’s capital, Veneziano Coffee Roasters finally opened the doors to its Canberra headquarters in April.
The space features a “pseudo training studio cellar door” and offers beans and equipment for home use. With initial plans to launch a full suite of barista training classes, the Veneziano team had to rethink its offering to comply with social distancing rules amidst the COVID-19 outbreak.
“Opening our doors now was important to us to show the Canberra market and our wholesale family that we’re still here and give them the confidence that we will be on the other side of COVID-19 too,” says Craig Dickson, Managing Director of Veneziano.
“We also know people are now, more than ever, making coffee at home, and we have the beans, equipment, and advice to help them get their home coffee set-up established.”
The venue’s retail wall contains a full range of coffee beans and micro lots, plus all the home brewing equipment Veneziano recommends for customers to make a barista quality cup.
Veneziano has implemented pick up, drive by, and same-day delivery for the Australian Capital Territory and surrounding suburbs to get supplies to the people who need them during lockdown.
Once social distancing restrictions are lifted, Veneziano Trainer TJ Phillipson will lead a range of classes at the studio. The roaster’s wholesale network will receive ongoing training and coaching, and Barista at Home courses will be available for home brewers.
Modelled after Veneziano’s training room in Richmond, Victoria, the studio is decked out with La Marzocco Linea PBs espresso machines, Victoria Arduino Mythos One and Mythos 2 Gravimetric grinders, Mahlkönig EK43, and Mazzer Robur S grinders, and other new tools and gadgets for students to perfect their skills.
“Our courses are led by some of the best in the business, overseen by former World Barista Champion Pete Licata and well-known barista finalist Jade Jennings,” Craig says.
“Our training studios and courses are a core part of the Veneziano offering and what we believe sets us apart from the rest.”
Veneziano Coffee Canberra
2/131 Lysaght Street, Mitchell, Australian Capital Territory, 2911
Open Monday to Friday 8:30am to 2pm
0400 843 579