March 07, 2017

Autumn is here

 

Autumn '17

 

Looking for a cure for those fresh early mornings? We have blended two of our favourite coffees to bring you our best seasonal roast yet. 

Black Lion from Ethiopia is an origin with lovely sweetness and dominant fruit notes. We mix this with one of our favourite washed Colombian lots called Cauca, which adds a vanilla sweetness and orange acidity that makes this seasonal blend perfect for both black and milk coffees. 

Only available for the next 3 months! Head over to our online store to help keep your autumn toasty and caffeinated.

February 17, 2017

Industry Beans x Billy Van Creamy

Our old mates at Billy Van Creamy continue to bring the goods! Our affogato uses the Fitzroy Street Blend, poured over a soft and creamy espresso flavoured ice cream. The smooth coffee flavours compliment with the cold sweetness of handmade espresso ice-cream, which melts into creamy-milky goodness. 

 Oh and make sure you pop-in to their new pop-up in Collingwood for the next few weeks and pick up an Espresso cone!

 

December 05, 2016

Summer '16 has arrived

It's the best time of year and to make your summer all the better we present

SUMMER '16

Created to reflect the current season, Summer from Industry Beans blends two exceptional coffees together.

Tade Guji from Ethiopia is an origin with lovely sweetness and dominant tropical notes. We mix this with one of our favourite washed Tanzanian lots called Tweega AA, which adds a citrus complexity and a vibrancy perfect for the warm weather. The result is a hugely satisfying coffee, with a crisp acidity and sweet body that drinks well black and with milk.

We're thinking STRAWBERRY, PAPAYA and MEYER LEMON is a perfect combo for those warm summer mornings.

Available instore and online now!

October 19, 2016

Industry Beans Roll Sleeve Tee

Thanks to our friends at Autonomy, we have created the Industry Beans Roll Sleeve Tee!

These rad tees are 100% cotton and as Autonomy is a Melbourne based clothing brand, they are made locally too! What more could you want in a shirt?

Here's the link to purchase your very own Industry Beans Roll Sleeve Tee at a launch price of $49 (RRP $59) for a short time only.

September 08, 2016

Bubble Cup Cold Drip

Here it is... We have created the first specialty coffee bubble cup, it is a delicious single origin cold drip layered on con-soy (condensed and soy milks) and coffee soaked tapioca balls – just like bubble tea but with tasty coffee and made fresh!  

We love Melbourne for it's coffee culture and for it's bubble cup obsession so why not put them together!

Bubble Cup Cold Drip by Industry Beans

 

July 01, 2016

The ultimate food and coffee pairing is right here....

With Winter along came the opportunity to make this chilly season so much warmer. The kitchen and roastery have turned up the heat and created a perfect pairing of our Winter 16 seasonal espresso blend alongside a dessert showcasing the characteristics of this delicious coffee.  Check out this and many more wonderful dishes on our menu... or if you'd like a bag of this years Winter Blend head to the online shop

WINTER 16

BLACKBERRY.
DARK CHOCOLATE.
DRIED FIG. 

 

Winter 16 by Industry Beans

May 23, 2016

Job Advertisement - Roasting Operations Manager

Industry Beans is growing and with it comes new opportunities:

The Operations Manager is responsible for the daily, weekly, monthly and ongoing functioning of the roasting team.  The Operations Manager is a leadership role, providing guidance and taking responsibility for decision-making to ensure the team is not only fulfilling the day-to-day requirements for our clients, but is also enabled to exceed and grow Industry Beans.  

The Operations Manager is the key point of contact for all coffee-related matters at Industry Beans, including communication between Roasters, Baristas, Managers and Front of House staff.  Further, the Operations Manager is ultimately responsible for resolving any customer service items related to coffee and the timely delivery of coffee related services to retail customers and wholesale clients, either directly or through management of the roasting team. 

The Operations Manager is accountable to the Directors and is expected to work with a high degree of independence and autonomy.

 

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Overall administration of Industry Beans coffee roastery
  • Green Coffee Procurement
  • Product development and implementation
  • High level client account management
  • Human resources management
  • Reporting and communication
  • Day-to-day operations management

 Key Skills and Attributes:

The successful applicant will have the following skills:

  • Strong leadership and staff management skills
  • High level competency with computers and software
  • Exceptional administrative and operational organisation skills
  • Detailed technical skills with coffee roasters and machinery
  • Developed coffee palate and appreciation
  • Strong barista skills
  • Detailed coffee knowledge from crop to cup
  • A hands on approach to management

 Relevant Qualifications and Experience

  • 2 years minimum experience in similar positions (essential)
  • 5 years minimum experience in the broader coffee industry (essential)
  • Previous origin trips and experience (preferred)
  • Industry related short courses (preferred)
  • High level competency in email, documentation and spreadsheet programs

 

This is a fantastic opportunity for the right applicant and offers a long term career driven path in the specialty coffee industry, with a growing and progressive organisation.

Applications for this position should include a cover letter, resume and relevant qualifications and should be emailed to Industry Beans Director Steve Simmons on steve@industrybeans.com

April 05, 2016

Autumn on a Plate

After an amazing response to our food pairing over summer, we have taken the concept to Autumn.  Pairing this seasons espresso blend with dessert.  Autumn on a Plate brings together green grape. cranberry and fresh nutmeg in a refined dish showcasing the positive relationship food and coffee can have..

The roastery and kitchen have worked together to construct a flavour experience to suit the changing weather in Autumn and it's pretty fantastic.

Autumn on a Plate - Industry Beans Specialty Coffee Roasters

Autumn on a plate
Coffee soaked grapes, cranberry puree, espresso ice cream foam and fresh nutmeg

February 02, 2016

Origin Trip to Colombia - January 2016

In mid-January 2016, Industry Beans Co-Founder Steve Simmons took the opportunity to travel to Colombia with one of our Senior Roasters Tom, and visit key growing regions and meet with farmers, exporters and brokers to discuss existing and new relationships, understand in greater detail the challenges and opportunities in specialty and boutique coffee, and of course, cup coffee.  Here's the travel wrap from Steve himself:

View over San Juan, Colombia - Specialty Coffee Roasters MelbourneThe view over San Juan

A little bit of background on evolution of coffee growing in Colombia will assist in contextualising the challenges that farmers face in producing exceptional coffee.  In around 2008 Colombia experienced an outbreak of the incredibly damaging leaf rust disease.  This disease, cause by the fungus Hemileia vastatrix, has been present in varying degrees across the coffee growing world for generations, however the outbreak from 2008 to 2011 was unprecedented in its intensity.  The disease attacks the leaves of the coffee plants, causing them to die and as a result the plant has no method of absorbing sunlight, and therefore performing photosynthesis.  Airborne, the disease spreads quickly and the only way to curtail it is to destroy affected plants.  As a result:

  • In 2008/09 Colombia produced only 8.6 million bags (70kg) of coffee
  • This represents a more than 30% decrease compared to the 2007 yield of 12.5 million bags
  • In 2013/14 Colombia had recovered to nearly 13 million bags (All statistics courtesy of International Coffee Organisation, Total Coffee Production 1990 – 2016) 

On the ground, the devastation caused by leaf rust is galling for farmers.

Arabica (Coffea arabica) species is highly susceptible to leaf rust, while alternative species such as Robusta (Coffea canephora) exhibit desirable leaf rust resistance.  Unfortunately, as we well know, the cup quality of Robusta species is inferior to Arabica varietals, and farmers are presented with a challenging proposition – how do we maintain cup quality and production yields when Arabica is so highly susceptible to the damaging leaf rust? 

The Federacion National de Cafeteros (FNC) was founded in 1927 to represent the coffee growing industry, develop quality standards, and regulate exports.  In 1938 the FNC established a National Coffee Research Center (CENICAFE), tasked with developing new varietals, techniques and strategies for improving coffee quality, yields, and disease resistance.  In the 1960s CENICAFE started producing hybrid cultivars, such as:

  • Catimor (Caturra x Timor Hybrid)
  • Colombia (further evolution of the Catimor)
  • Tabi (Typica x Bourbon)
  • And most recently, Castillo (again a further evolution of Catimor) 

A common theme in developing these cultivars is the hybridisation of Arabica and Robusta genes in an effort to gain increased disease resistance while maintaining cup quality.  The best of both worlds according to the FNC and CENICAFE! 

This last point continues to be the subject of some conflict between the FNC and specialty roasters who don’t necessarily agree that the hybridised cultivars maintain the cup quality of heirloom (traditional) varietals.  The controversy that continues is the FNC promoting, in particular, Castillo to farmers as the preferred cultivar.  Promotion occurs in the form of incentives for farmers to plant Castillo in place of heirloom varietals, thus leading to a challenging cost-benefit analysis for farmers – grow higher yielding, disease resistant varietal with a much lower input cost, or buck the trend and grow an heirloom varietal that provides the opportunity for exceptional coffee.

Coffee seedlings in San Juan, Colombia - Specialty Coffee MelbourneCoffee Seedlings at Jorge's Nursery in San Juan

Our observations from cupping a range of cultivars from a variety of growing regions distilled down to this:

  • We cupped a number of good quality Castillo samples.  None were truly exceptional, but plenty were certainly examples of high quality specialty cups.  Highly approachable and drinkable, making valuable, consistent contributions to blends such as the Fitzroy Street, or to be presented as examples of traditional, high quality Colombian coffee.  This perhaps fits quite neatly with the general consensus that Castillo certainly has an important role to play in ensuring Colombia continues to produce a consistent, quality coffee.
  • We also cupped a range of heirloom varietals, such as Geisha, Bourbon, Caturra and Pacamara.  Interestingly, while these certainly produced more expansive and diverse cups, the quality and refinement was a little varied.  Growing such varietals as well as processing them effectively is a not-insignificant challenge in itself, and the bourgeoning boutique market is seeking to continue to learn from their experiences in order to produce consistent, exceptional coffees.
  • The final observation relates to processing.  While Colombia has very traditionally been a fully-washed process coffee producer, farmers are realising the opportunity to experiment with semi-washed and honey, as well as natural processing techniques.  Like growing heirloom varietals, experimenting with processing techniques will take some time to achieve high quality, consistent results.  The early signs are promising and exciting!

One of the barriers in the way of farmers straying too far from the beaten track is the FNC quality assurance for all exports.  Every lot exported from Colombia is cupped by the FNC and declared acceptable or otherwise.  In an example of the challenge faced by farmers in exporting distinctive lots, one of the farmers we visited, Jorge, had one natural process lot rejected by the FNC because it was deemed too far removed from the typical Colombia flavour profile….which is exactly the point of creating a natural process lot! 

Loading Bags in mass amounts - Specialty Coffee Roasters MelbourneSenior Roaster Tom Austin discussing green storage and export

Where less tightly regulated nearby Central America countries such as Panama, Guatemala and Costa Rica have been exporting exemplary and interesting coffees for many years, the ingrained conservatism exhibited by the FNC clearly creates a significant challenge in exporting distinctive Colombian coffees. 

Nonetheless, the future is bright for Colombian coffee – overall, exports have recovered to pre-leaf rust crisis levels, which can surely only be a good thing for farmers, roasters and coffee drinkers.  Security of one’s livelihood must be the first step in continuing to develop a more diverse and exceptional offering, as the reliable income from high quality specialty coffee allows farmers to access buyers, such as Industry Beans, that are seeking those truly exceptional coffees.

Green Coffee Colombia - Specialty Coffee Roasters Melbourne

Most encouragingly, we experienced first-hand the passion that farmers have for growing fantastic coffee, tending to stunning estates, and recognising the opportunity to work with exporters and roasters at the apex of high quality specialty coffee.

A special thanks goes to the generous hosts who kindly gave up their time to show us their livelihoods, and extended an incredibly warm welcome to Tom and I, inviting us into their homes, introducing us to their families, and sharing with us their pride and joy on the cupping table.

Thanks for reading,


Steve
Co-Founder

Steve, Tom and Farmers from Huila 

December 14, 2015

Summer on a Plate

Summer on a Plate - Industry Beans Specialty Coffee Roasters Melbourne

One of the best dishes to encapsulate the Industry Beans approach.  Matching our seasonal espresso blend SUMMER with a deconstructed dessert based on the flavour profile, this is the ultimate summer pairing and best way to finish brunch at Industry Beans. Available until...the end of summer!

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