Veneziano Launches Elevation Specialty Tea at MICE

Elevation Specialty Tea Range by Veneziano CoffeeTea brewing across the MICE weekend.

Veneziano proudly announces the arrival of its long awaited high-end tea offer, Elevation Tea, to be revealed at the Melbourne International Coffee Expo, March 13 – 15 at the Melbourne Showgrounds.

Backed by two decades of experience in the specialty coffee business, Veneziano managing director Craig Dickson says, “When we decided to introduce a custom tea range to complement our coffee offer, it needed to meet the same strict standards we apply to our coffee. Our search has shown us that there was very little out there, so we made the decision to source and develop our own”.

No surprises then, that Elevation specialty tea is subject to the same principles as Veneziano’s coffee sourcing. This includes traceability to Origin, observing optimal harvest times (regarding tea this is typically three times a year), whilst hand picking and then sorting during pre and post processing stages allows for tight quality control.

“Where specialty tea differs to specialty coffee is the processing method. All teas commence as the same raw product, as opposed to coffee which is available as different varieties and a number of other variables that affect flavour outcome”, explains Craig.

“With tea production, it’s the processing times and methods that determine the end resulting tea type, and therefore flavours, for example whether you end up with a green or black tea, and so on. However we never lose sight of the main objective, it still remains about achieving exceptional beverage character and flavour profiles”.

“It’s the all-important flavour that Veneziano was most fastidious about. Most people experience a dull, ‘baggy’ tasting tea with very little flavour as promised on the label”, he says.

High-end Elevation tea is sourced from a quality grower in Sri Lanka using completely natural growth and production protocol, and no additives are used. Only natural oils (not extracts) and herbs have been used to achieve enhance specific flavour attributes.

Further refinement of flavour also occurs with dosage, brew temperature and steep times so tea-drinkers are encouraged to experiment with these parameters in order to discover what suits their tastes, and this will differ from one tea to another.

Being almost as diverse a crop as coffee, Veneziano has come up with a range of ten natural teas including some traditional favourites as well as some exotic and fruity numbers. The result is a specialty tea that is soothing, calming, packed with flavour and great for your health. It complements any high-end beverage offer, such as specialty coffee, perfectly.

Elevation specialty tea is available as fresh, loose leaf tea, in 375gm or 200gm bags in the following styles and combinations for optimum flavour:

  • English Breakfast – 375gm
  • Earl Grey – 375gm
  • Masala Chai – 375gm
  • Gunpowder Green – 375gm
  • Chamomile – 200gm
  • Peppermint – 200gm
  • Lemon and Ginger – 200gm
  • Green Oolong – 200gm
  • Relaxing Herbs – 200gm
  • Equilibrium – 200gm

For enquiries email: phone: 13 COFFEE

First time at MICE: SOURCED COFFEE PODS, Australia’s first specialty pod

Sourced Specialty Coffee Pods CapsulesBe sure to check out Sourced Coffee Pods on our stand at MICE 2015. Australia’s first (and we believe only) specialty pods launched last year, and make their appearance at MICE.

Created exclusively for use with Nespresso and Nespresso-compatible capsule machines, Sourced specialty capsules were developed with the Australian coffee consumer in mind. Our roast team have developed a great tasting pod, full of flavour, filled only with specialty grade coffee that we can trace back to the Origin, and we roast regularly so they’re always fresh. What’s not to love?!

Sourced Coffee Pods are available as a 10 pack for $7.95 or a carton of 60 pods for $42.


What’s on at MICE 2015: INKER CUPS

Inker Cups by  Veneziano Coffee RoastersDue to popularity at MICE 2014, we are bringing back the ever popular Inker cups. Inker crockery is hand-made in Croatia from European-quality porcelain, with raw materials sourced from Germany, England, Czech Republic, Italy and Croatia.

The Zagreb manufacturing facility is able to produce 12,000 pieces per day and the porcelain is fired at 1200 degrees to ensure colour fastness that will not fade or wear. Because each piece is prepared by hand, slight variations in colour may appear, giving it a character that 100 percent automated manufacturing cannot impart.

Available in sets of six cups/saucers in a beautiful range of colours: onyx black, porcelain white, stormy grey, baby blue, splice lime, sherbet orange, racing red, aubergine, canary yellow, ocean blue and vintage green. Sizes come in espresso (80ml), flat white (160ml), regular cappuccino (220ml) and large cappuccino (260ml). Visit our stand at MICE for more details.


Chemex Coffeemakers all sizes great pricing largest distributer in AustraliaOne of the most superior methods of brewing filter coffee, the iconic Chemex coffeemaker is an elegant, hourglass shaped vessel made of high quality, heat resistant borosilicate glass. When combined with the Chemex bonded filters it produces a sediment-free cup of coffee which is flavourful and free of bitterness. Finished simply with a wooden collar and leather tie, the Chemex is recognised by the Museum of Modern Art and others as a classic design piece. Veneziano is Australia’s largest distributor of Chemex coffeemakers.

Available in 3 , 6 & 8 cup versions, retailing at $50, $60 & $65. Veneziano will demonstrate Chemex all weekend at MICE and brew samples will be available for tasting.


Veneziano custom blends photo by Renee Melides

Image by Renee Melides

We will feature our signature blends and some special microlot coffees roasted just for MICE:

  • Bond St – our seasonal blend created from the most recent harvest, currently ‘Autumn’, Colombia La Cascada caturra (washed)/Rwanda Kanyege Red Bourbon (washed)/Ethiopia Danch Meng heirloom (natural)
  • Forza – award winning, strong, dark, full bodied, low acidity, bittersweet chocolate/caramel
  • Estate – intricate, complex, medium strength, nicknamed ‘Toblerone’
  • Bella Vita – smooth, mellow, balanced, versatile, fruit driven.

MICE Workshops – by Veneziano Coffee Roasters

Check out our workshops, to be held on our stand at MICE… all welcome!


Jen Marks Latte Art Champion AustraliaDaily @ 11am – Latte Art Demonstration

- Tips and tricks – conducted by two former Australian Latte Art Champions

Friday and Saturday @ 1pm – From Origin to your House

- A Day in the Life of a Coffee Bean – presentation

Daily @ 2.30pm – Filter Workshop

- Learn to brew a filter coffee with an expert – Chemex, pour over and more

Veneziano: What’s on at MICE 2015 – Brewing Methods


On our stand at MICE we offer you the following coffees, prepared one of three ways… try them all.


refreshing cold brewed Nitro coffee1. Nitro Coffee -
refreshing, cold nitrogenated coffee on tap.

- Microlot 1 – Colombia Las Mercedes
(honey experiment)

- Microlot 2 - Ninety Plus Ethiopia Kemgin W2





Chemex Coffeemakers all sizes great pricing largest distributer in Australia

2. Chemex - (Chemex kits will be available for purchase).
pour-over style filter brew coffee.

- Microlot 1 – Rwanda Kanyege

- Microlot 2 - Ninety Plus Panama Neel N2




3. Veneziano La Marzocco FB80 Espresso MachineEspresso -
extracted on our custom La Marzocco FB80 machine.

- Microlot – Costa Rica Las Lajas, Black Pearl (natural) – special MICE edition roast

- Bond St – our seasonal blend created from the most recent harvest, currently ‘Autumn’, Colombia La Cascada caturra (washed)/Rwanda Kanyege Red Bourbon (washed)/Ethiopia Danch Meng heirloom (natural)

- Estate – our staple signature blend; intricate, complex, medium strength, nicknamed ‘Toblerone’

Veneziano Sponsor of Let’s Talk Relationship Coffee, Melbourne

Craig Dickson image by BeansceneVeneziano sponsors Let's Talk Relationship Coffee Melbourne 2015 MICEVeneziano is proudly sponsoring the coffee breaks during Let’s Talk Relationship Coffee, Melbourne March 12 – 14. Veneziano’s managing director Craig Dickson will once again be presenting, on specialty Robusta at 9am on Saturday March 14.

Craig presented previously at the Let’s Talk Coffee event in 2013 in El Salvador where he established a strong connection with the folk at Sustainable Harvest. It was there that Craig had said, “You guys are crazy if you don’t do business with Australian roasters. That’s where it’s all happening.”

Six months later, Veneziano were signed up as Sustainable Harvest’s first Australian customer.

Let’s Talk Relationship Coffee 2015 is the Let’s Talk Coffee annual supply chain event driven by coffee importer Sustainable Harvest, who pioneered the relationship coffee model. The theme of the 2015 event is ‘An Origin Experience’ and coincides with the Melbourne International Coffee Expo at the Royal Melbourne Showgrounds.

Find out more about Let’s Talk Coffee here.

Find our more about Sustainable Harvest here.


MICE 2015: Silent Auction on Fixed Track Bike, Funds to Royal Children’s Hospital

Veneziano custom single track BIKE silent auction MICE2015VENEZIANO COFFEE ROASTERS STAND @ MICE2015 – (next to Think Tank Coffee), March 13 – 15 at the Royal Melbourne Showgrounds.

Retail: $2,200.

Fancy this single speed bike? Well it could be yours!

Veneziano Coffee Roasters have arranged for their very own sleek, completely customised single speed bike to be featured on their stand during MICE.

Veneziano are conducting a silent auction across the MICE weekend, entrants submit a bid and the highest bidder takes home the bike.

Bidding opens on Friday 13th closes on Sunday 15th at 5.00pm. The winner will be announced on the stand just after 5.00pm and also contacted via email and sms.

The proceeds will be donated to the Royal Children’s Hospital, with the annual Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal taking place only three weeks after MICE.

The bike is custom created for Veneziano by Just Ride It, in Brunswick Street, Fitzroy and the rear wheel will feature our ‘V wings’ logo.

Single Speed/Fixed Track Bike Specifications:

Frame: JRI 2015 Alloy Track Matte BlackVeneziano custom single track BIKE silent auction MICE2015

Fork: JRI 2015 Alloy Track Matte Black

Front Rim: RAW 88mm Carbon – Novatec Hub

Rear Rim: Custom Veneziano DYMA Disc

Tyres: MAXXIS Re-Fuse 700Cx25 Black

Handlebars: Venzo Red Anodized Riser

Grips: Venzo Lock ons

Stem: Venzo 30 Degree 70mm Black

BB: Shimano 68. 107mm

Saddle: GPP Black FoamCrank: Sugino Pista Black 48T

Chain: KMC Single Link Race Chain Black

Pedals: Wellgo MG5 Gloss Black

Brakes: Campagnolo Mirage – Carbon Pads


Sydney Royal Fine Food Show Summer Edition 2015

Veneziano Coffee Roasters collected a further four medals from the Sydney Royal Coffee Competition, part of the Sydney Royal Fine Food Show, over the weekend, adding to a long line of roaster awards

Now in its 17th year, the coffee competition is held in February every year as part of the Summer Fine Food Show. Veneziano has entered almost every year since 2004.

The Veneziano awarded coffees are:

Espresso Class 1:

Silver:  ‘Contract Roast’ Dark blend (7th overall)

Bronze:  Veneziano Hachira

Cappuccino Class 3:

Bronze: Veneziano Estate

Plunger Class 5:

Bronze: Veneziano Juliette


In other related news sister company Think Tank Coffee, Craig Simon’s coffee consultancy, has achieved these three medals in the same competition:

Cappuccino Class 3:


Think Tank Seasonal blend (1st overall)

Think Tank Hachira (3rd overall)

Plunger Class 5:


Think Tank Neel