New Betty’s Vanilla Chai

Bettys Vanilla Chai by VenezianoOur Betty’s Chai and Bates Chocolate range just received a new addition – Betty’s Vanilla Chai – to complement our non-coffee beverage offer.

Due to popular demand of the vanilla chai product, we at Veneziano sought to create our own premium version that we proudly call Betty’s Vanilla Chai.

The all-natural ingredients of our vanilla chai includes the addition of ground spices resulting in a chai that is not only vanilla and spice, but delicate, smooth, velvety, creamy and rich with a well-rounded mouthfeel.

Prepare it as per the instructions that follow and enjoy!

Bettys Vanilla Chai by Veneziano How to Prepare and Enjoy Bettys Vanilla Chai by Veneziano

From Bond Street to River Street – the Move so Far

New Veneziano premises - 16 River St Richmond

In March this year Veneziano Coffee Roasters announced its move to new premises in River Street, Richmond, a suburb away from its original home in Bond Street, Abbotsford.

The move will consolidate four disparate locations into one, including the administration offices, warehouse facilities with incoming and outgoing goods, a roastery upgrade featuring a full turnkey Diedrich commercial roaster, and eventually the First Pour cafe that will be expanded to include seated food service.

The premises will also be home to Veneziano’s barista training school whilst the espresso and brew bar showroom will include Veneziano’s most recent, exciting innovation; Nitro Coffee.


Stage One – April 2014:

Administration offices were completed on a mezzanine level overlooking the main floor space.

New Veneziano premises Richmond - admin office overlooking future First Pour









Stage Two – August 2014:

Images show commencement of preparation for the new roastery in August 2014.

Veneziano River Street move preparations Veneziano River Street move preparations

Stage Three – August 2014:

Images show in the mean time, the roastery build at Diedrich’s end, in preparation for installation, anticipated for October 2014.

Veneziano Diedrich Roaster

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Veneziano Diedrich Roaster     Veneziano Diedrich Roaster

Stage Four – September 2014:

The warehouse is ready to be moved into its new home!

Veneziano warehouse moving into River Street

Positioning statement by Veneziano Coffee Roasters – Minor DKL invests

Veneziano Coffee Roasters celebrates a major milestone in the company’s 14 year operations as it welcomes on board an investor for the first time, Minor DKL Food Group (Minor DKL).

Australian retail food brand franchisor Minor DKL has a keen interest in the specialty coffee market, particularly the evolution and success of the industry in Australia. With plans to eventually enter the specialty coffee market in New Zealand, Asia and UAE, Minor DKL approached Veneziano to partner with them in this venture.

Veneziano is seen as an attractive business prospect for the Minor DKL due to its position as a highly successful roaster and leader in the specialty coffee field, with a business that has exhibited steady growth since its inception in 2000.

The prospect of bringing its roasting expertise to new markets in New Zealand, Asia and UAE is one that also resonates with Veneziano, as whilst the company is yet to have a physical presence in Asia, the brand is known and respected throughout the Asian specialty coffee industry community. This recognition has been driven by Veneziano’s strong presence as both competitors and judges in world barista competitions.

“If you had asked me 14 years ago whether I’d ever envisage our company roasting in Asia, I’d never have imagined it”, says Veneziano CEO Craig Dickson, on what now seems likely to become a reality.

“Our early days were focused on roasting for Melbourne cafes, we later included Canberra, Brisbane, Adelaide and more recently Sydney in the mix because the coffee we were roasting and our whole ethos behind what we do was simply in demand. We’re excited for the future and proud of all our achievements to date. Who would’t be?” he asks.

The experienced team at Veneziano Coffee Roasters

The Veneziano Team (seen here supporting Craig Simon in WBC2014)

Minor DKL views the talent, skills, knowledge and intellectual property, in terms of the human resources, as a major asset of Veneziano Coffee Roasters and values the ability of Veneziano Coffee Roasters to create specialty coffee enjoyed by coffee drinkers around Australia. Minor DKL’s success in experiencing tremendous growth is due to recognising an already successful company and not altering with the status quo of its operations.

“We are very excited to partner with Minor DKL and Minor International to continue to invest and grow our brands in Australia and enter markets in New Zealand and Asia. Minor is known for successfully partnering with entrepreneurial founders thereby ensuring the founders’ principles and objectives are maintained, whilst providing infrastructure and resources to effectively grow the brand; this is why we are excited about this opportunity”, says Craig Dickson, Veneziano Coffee Roasters managing director.

The announcement comes at an opportune time as Veneziano announces a state of the art roasting facility at new premises located in River Street, Richmond, to be completed at the end of 2014.

Minor DKL Food Group is the Australian subsidiary of Thai-listed Minor International PCL (MINT). Through its subsidiary, Minor Food Group has more recently expanded in Australia and New Zealand.

About Veneziano Coffee Roasters - established 2000
Specialty roasters; award winning blends, exclusive micro-lot coffees and
contract roasting; supporter of direct trade with producers and cooperatives;
on-site quality coffee training and education by professional baristas; First Pour cafe espresso bars, brew bars and coffee showrooms; home of Australian barista, latte art, cupping and roasting champions; licensed Q Cuppers and World certified judge; professional espresso machines, grinders and equipment for cafe and home; Australia’s largest distributor of Chemex Coffeemakers and Inker Cups, recipient of countless roaster and barista awards and proud supplier to over 500 of Australia’s best cafes.

The First Pours are located at:
SA – 111 Melbourne Road, Adelaide
QLD – 369 Montague Road, West End Brisbane
VIC – 26 Bond Street, Abbotsford, VIC


First Pour Weekly Cupping Has Just Gone Poker

It’s now even more fun to learn about coffee’s complexities! Our public weekly cupping sessions at First Pour, each Friday at 11am, have just gone a little bit poker with a new cupping card game. Just bring yourself; everything else you need is provided.
Here’s how it works:
  • Everyone receives a set of cards representing the number of coffee attributes we are looking for, for example, acidity, body, balance and overall flavour.
  • Each person receives cards of equal rankings regardless of suit, for example someone will get all the Queens, someone else all the aces, and so on.
  • The card suits are assigned with an attribute, for example, hearts = overall flavour, clubs = acidity, diamonds = body, spades = balance, and so on.
Weekly public coffee cuppings at the First Pour card game flavour profiling
Now the interesting part!
  • We cup the coffees and each person participating in the cupping places a card (face down) next to the coffee they think shows the most attractive profile for each attribute.
  • At the end of the session, the cards are flipped over and we see how calibrated the group is.
  • Using this image below as an example, the Kenya Wamuguma microlot was the definite favourite of all the coffees cupped in this session, with Veneziano’s roasting team and guest cuppers, rating it: best body (five out of six people), best overall flavour (five out of six people) and best acidity (four out of six people).

Weekly public coffee cuppings at the First Pour card game flavour profiling

If you decide not to put any cards down, it simply indicates that there is a lot more you can learn about cup tasting as you develop your coffee palate and become more confident in your flavour assertions.

Weekly public cuppings at the First Pour Abbotsford, every Friday at 11am.

Mythos One Australian roadshow hosted at First Pour Melbourne

MYTHOS ONE M1 Grinder demonstrated by Colin Harman at First Pour hosted by Espresso Mechanics MYTHOS ONE M1 Grinder demonstrated by Colin Harman at First Pour hosted by Espresso MechanicsThe First Pour (26 Bond Street, Abbotsford) has been selected as the Melbourne venue for the presentation of the new M1 grinder, hosted by Espresso Mechanics.

Four-time Irish Barista Champion Colin Harmon has been travelling the globe, promoting the Victoria Arduino Mythos One (M1) Clima Pro grinder. Now it’s Australia’s turn, with Espresso Mechanics bringing the M1 roadshow down under from 4 – 13 September.

“Since we launched the M1 Clima Pro last year at Host in Milan, Italy, there’s been not only a huge demand for the grinder, but also a big appetite for more information on how it works,” says Colin. “[Victoria Arduino] initially asked me to tour the United States with the grinder, and the reaction was such that we extended it across many other cities.”

Colin has travelled with the M1 to New York, San Francisco, Seattle and Kansas City, United States; Shanghai and Guangzhou, China; Tokyo, Japan; Dublin, Ireland; and London, United Kingdom.

The tour will extend to Hong Kong on 5 September, before making its way to Australia to present The Victoria Arduino M1 Road show across Australia.

The M1 roadshow will make its Australian debut in Sydney at The Coffee Experience from 4 – 6 September.

Colin will present the M1 in Melbourne on 9 September at Espresso Mechanic’s headquarters in North Melbourne at 2pm, followed by Veneziano’s First Pour in Abbotsford at 4.30pm (food and drink provided).

The M1 roadshow will then visit Perth on 10 September and Brisbane on 12 September before heading to Auckland, New Zealand on 14 September.

“I’m really excited about [coming to Australia]. I got a small taste of Australia at last year’s World Barista Championship in Melbourne and have
been itching to get back since,” says Colin. “As much as the tour is about educating people, I’m often the one who gets the most out of it. Every country I visit has baristas with the same problems and issues with grinders and showing them how the M1 can solve some of those issues is very rewarding. We also get a lot of feedback in every city and we’ll look to feed all of that into the next stage of development.”

Colin designed the grinder with 2002 World Barista Champion Fritz Storm, 2007 World Barista Champion James Hoffman, and 2009 World Barista Champion Gwilym Davis.

The new M1 grinder addresses common on-demand grinder problems, including speed, aesthetics, noise, temperature, sensitivity of dose, dose distribution and cleanliness. The solution is Clima Pro technology, which suspends heat between 35°C and 45°C for the most consistent grinding temperature for espresso. To keep this temperature stable, the grinder has a heating element attached to a sensor on the side of the machine. By managing the milling chamber temperature, grinding doses are kept constant, resulting in a better quality of espresso extraction.

MYTHOS ONE M1 Grinder demonstrated by Colin Harman at First Pour hosted by Espresso Mechanics

MYTHOS ONE M1 Grinder demonstrated by Colin Harman at First Pour hosted by Espresso Mechanics

Veneziano launches Nitro Coffee at Sydney’s Coffee Experience

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Veneziano Coffee Roasters introduces the newest, sought after cold brew offer, Nitro Coffee; a nitrogenated coffee beverage inspired by draught beer, to be demonstrated on the Veneziano stand at The Coffee Experience with daily filter brewing demonstrations.

First demonstrated at the Melbourne International Coffee Expo (MICE) on the Veneziano stand in May this year, the Nitro Coffee concept attracted wide attention from hundreds of cafe owners all around Australia and abroad.

Nitro coffee allows cafes to offer customers a visually exciting cold brew coffee with an alternative mouthfeel to espresso based coffees, in a multitude of serving options including; with or without milk, additions such as alcohol, flat or nitrogenated.

Veneziano managing director Craig Dickson explains, “service of Nitro Coffee requires minimum effort on the part of the barista, is speedy and does not create any mess, which is another part of it’s appeal”.

The multi award-winning specialty coffee roaster has, together with Australian Barista Champion Craig Simon, has chosen specific microlot coffees and seasonal blends to complement the Nitro Coffee system.

Veneziano works with nitro equipment provider and maintenance company, Coffee Keg, to supply the Nitro Coffee apparatus to cafes. The hardware consists of fonts with two taps, each allowing for nitro and flat coffee if desired and also European standard recyclable kegs for under bench placement.

Come and see Nitro Coffee at The Coffee Experience in Sydney, from September 4 – 6 at the Hall of Industries!

Nitro Coffee Cart workings equipment hardware Coffee Keg

Aussie Wins Roasting Challenge Trophy at SCAA Roasters Guild Retreat

That Aussie is Pat Connolly from Veneziano Coffee Roasters!

We are very proud. Here’s an article published by Cafe Culture Magazine, August 22, 2014.

The SCAA roasters guild retreat was recently held in Portland USA. During the retreat a Roasting Challenge was held where over 200 participating roasters were split up into teams of 10.

Each team had to develop a cold brew concoction from 5 available origins. They then had to cup each origin and choose which origins to roast and blend. The teams had a range of roasting equipment available to them including Proaster, Has Garanti, Probat, Diedrich, San Franciscan and Giesen.

Pat Connolly, of Veneziano Coffee, was part of the winning team that claimed this coveted Roasting Challenge Trophy. Pat’s team chose to work with the Diedrich roaster as they believed it would provide the cleanest sweetest cup profile. They then had to develop roast profiles, a roasting philosophy and submit a blend along with tasting notes for judging. The team chose to brew each origin with a different method based on how each would highlight the body, acidity, flavour and sweetness of the chosen coffee.

Each teams coffee was blind tasted by a panel of judges with Pat’s team awarded the winner. The winning cold brew blend comprised 3 origins: a washed Guatemalan, wet hulled Sumatran and a washed Ethiopian.

Congratulations Pat on this achievement!

Why do I need coffee training?

Veneziano barista training courses by Australian barista championsCraig Simon 2014 Australian Barista Champion Veneziano Coffee Roasters Think Tank Coffee

Here’s why others do…

Veneziano’s coffee training school doesn’t just exist for training clients’ baristas; private tuition for individuals and small groups is also available for those who have a keen interest or have had exposure to making coffee.

Veneziano offers training onsite at its premises in Melbourne and Brisbane, and by appointment in ACT, Adelaide and Sydney.

Accomplished former cafe owner, barista competitor and Australian latte art champion Erin Sampson heads up Veneziano Coffee Roasters’ coffee training curriculum.

Customers travel from near and far to do their coffee education with Erin and the team, which includes the likes of Jade Jennings, Jen Marks and two-time Australian Barista Champion and World finalist (2014) Craig Simon. In fact, Erin and Jade were part of the team that assisted Craig in his 2014 World Barista Championship campaign.

One of our most recent training clients attending barista basics Introduction to Espresso in Melbourne is Louise D, hailing all the way from Norfolk Island!

Louise sought out coffee training as she’ll be working a coffee cart to help out friends at the Norfolk Island Food Festival at the end of the year. A self-confessed perfectionist she sought out “the very best training”.

She happened to be in Melbourne for other business at the time, which coincided with availability for her to do some private coffee tuition.

But why Veneziano? A Google search on ‘barista training Melbourne’ and a little further reading and research on the courses on offer, and she was convinced. “The qualifications of your trainers was impressive and I wanted to give myself the best possible training opportunity”, she says.

Louise was trained by Jade and her feedback is as follows:

“Jade was excellent. She was friendly, well-organised, confident and knowledgeable.
I learnt so much about making coffee, it really is an art!
Not as simple as just tamping coffee and pressing buttons on the coffee machine.
I was really, really impressed.”  Louise D.

Another customer’s feedback to Erin:

“I just wanted to say thank you so much for our coffee course yesterday.
Your knowledge is extraordinary and we both learnt so much.
I’m so excited about putting things into practice and also to learn more in the future from such a fabulous introduction!” Karen H.

With the successful team at Veneziano behind you – you’ll learn from the best. They love what they do!

For more information about Veneziano’s Barista Training Courses click here.


Jade Jennings Barista Competitor Trainer at Veneziano Coffee Roasters Barista trainer Jen Marks Latte Art Champion Australia

Australia’s Best Cafes – Features First Pour Brisbane

veneziano First Pour Brisbane by Gourmet Traveller Australia's Best CafesGourmet Traveller publication recently published its top 12 Australian cafes, with Veneziano’s First Pour Brisbane appearing second on the list!

Wonderful accolade to have under the belt. Well done to the team at First Pour Brisbane and doing specialty coffee proud.

See the full list of Australia’s Best Cafes by Gourmet Traveller, here.


Direct Trade – Project Colombia

Coffee Cherries Direct Trade growers Colombia
At Veneziano we’ve been working hard to develop direct relationships with our growers at origin, so far establishing commitments with particular estates in El Salvador, Brazil and India. With Colombia being one of the largest growing regions it was the obvious next step for us.

The Colombian project is the result of a collaboration with our recent partnership with Sustainable Harvest; an Australian first. They’ve developed a relationship model with growers at origin, allowing us to connect directly with our producers and better understand the complexities and challenges they face as well as educate them on our market back in Australia. With theaverage farm size in Colombia being between one to five hectares, it was important for us to connect with larger growers to be able to secure a consistently high quality supply and better traceability.

Veneziano roaster Jack Allisey recently spent 10 days in Colombia visiting farms, getting to know the people, cupping and selecting coffee. Sustainable Harvest has introduced us to three growers we’re very excited to start working with and developing a long, mutually beneficial relationship. The three farms are:


San Fernando Estate, owner Humberto Gonzales Trujillo

San Fernando Estate Colombia Direct Trade Partner Don Humberto San Fernando Estate owner Colombia coffee direct trade

San Fernando has around 200 hectares of coffee trees at an altitude ranging from 1,400 to 2,100 meters. Humberto has been farming at San Fernando since the 1970s but in 2006 he hired two new farm managers, Gabriel and Luis Guillermo, who brought a new enthusiasm for coffee.

Veneziano Roaster Jack Allisey with San Fernando Estate farm managers Gabriel and Luis Guillermo, Direct Trade Coffee Colombia

Keen to better understand what makes a quality coffee and the processing and farming techniques behind it, they began to split the farm into separate processing lots to further understand the intricacies in flavour that their farm produces. There are two mountains on the San Fernando farm and what they found after separating out their processing lots is that the left mountain actually cups with consistently better quality than the right. These separate processing lots allow us to fine tune the flavour profile of our coffee and work to create a repeatable product.

Our first shipment due to start roasting from the start of August is from San Fernando estate and includes a delicious 20 bag microlot. We can’t wait for it to arrive and also return to the farm in October to provide feedback and start working further with Humberto, Gabriel and Luis Guillermo to fine tune our coffee in main harvest.


La Cascada, owner Correa Restrepo Hermanos

La Cascade Direct Trade Coffee Farm Colombia La Cascada Direct Trade Relationship Coffee Colombia

Named after the waterfall running through the farm, La Cascada was the largest farm Jack visited. Managed by Diego Moncada, La Cascada has been producing amazing coffee for years. They’ve developed an incredibly systematic approach to the growing, processing and traceability of their coffee, including taking soil samples with GPS coordinates to analyse quality and ascertain the fertilisation needs, logging rainfall and harvest periods and linking this all back to final cup tasting reports to determine what has impacted final flavour in the cup.


La Cascada Direct Trade Coffee Farm Colombia Las Mercedes Direct Trade Coffee Farm, Colombia

La Cascada also renews or replants 20 percent of their trees every year and anything over 1,600 meters is replanted with Caturra which has been producing higher quality coffees despite its susceptibility to leaf rust. As one of the biggest employers in the area with 200 employees year round, La Cascada has a strong commitment to the community, providing exceptional accommodation and dining facilities for their staff
and supporting the local church and hospital.


Las Mercedes, owned by the Guerra family

Las Mercedes direct trade coffee relationship Colombia

Las Mercedes manager, the young Juan Carlos, is a truly progressive coffee producer; he has set up a cupping lab on his farm and is also a qualified Q grader, which is a rarity as a lot of producers never even have a chance to taste their own coffee.

During a mule ride through the farm Jack and Juan had lengthy discussions on the challenges growers in Colombia face and why it’s important to develop sustainable relationships with roasters as end users. Juan Carlos has been experimenting with his processing technique, playing with honey process coffees and sun drying on raised beds, both a rarity in Colombia.

Juan Carlos also joined Jack during tasting. “It was great to be able to discuss the coffees with the grower directly over the cupping table and talk about what we’re looking for back in Australia; this is the true benefit of direct trade!”, says Jack.

“I’m excited to return in October and see Juan Carlos’ experimental processing in action and hopefully select some delicious microlots for Veneziano”.


Jack Allisey from Veneziano Coffee Roasters with Las Mercedes farm manager Juan Carlos

We can’t wait for our first shipment from San Fernando to arrive in the next couple of weeks. Look out for it in Forza and Estate as well as the delicious limited microlot.


Colombian direct trade coffee ready for export  to Veneziano