“Good, better, best. Some people are fine with being just good at something, we want to be the best. From the green coffee we buy, to how it’s stored and roasted. There is no point doing things in halves.”
ST ALi was started by Mark Dundon in 2005 and purchased by Salvatore Malatesta in 2007 which is when ST ALi really started to grow. They started out roasting right inside their cafe but moved across the street to accommodate their growth and now they are roasting out of their Port Melbourne headquarters.
The ST ALi team is what makes them unique. The team consists of Andy Todd the head roaster, Lucy Ward the procurement strategist and a whole rage of other characters. Coffee geeks, designers, punk rockers, artists and surfers all working together to bring you the best of the best.
In the future expect to see ST ALi everywhere. Since opening ST ALi Jakarta the team are working tirelessly to open ST ALi Bali in early 2017 and have many plans to expand even further.
This week with the Beanhunter Coffee Club you will be drinking:
‘For our espresso we choose to send out our Sterling blend its made up of 50% Colombia Condor San Agustin, 25% Colombia Condor Rioclaro and 25% Kenya Karimi Kirinyaga AA.’
Tasting notes: Sparkling lemon acidity with candied orange sweetness and a ripe stone fruit finish.
‘For filter we choose a Caturra from Finca La Bella in Guatemala, its a cracking washed coffee.’
‘Finca La Bella is located in the south of the Sierra de Las Minas region in eastern Guatemala. This is a beautiful part of Guatemala with most of the Sierra de Las Minas designated as a national park and with biosphere status. The practices on the farm reflect the care that the wider community has for the area: water is conserved and recycled, the coffee trees are shaded under two levels of canopy to help preserve the wildlife diversity, and all coffee pulp (the fruit of the cherry that is removed during processing) is collected and turned into nutrient rich soil by the farm’s wormery which is then used in the coffee nursery beds.’
Tasting notes: Notes of pear, dark chocolate and a complex red wine finish.
Don’t forget to check out ST ALi Coffee Roasters at 12-18 Yarra Place South Melbourne!
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