Get to know your coffee
Inspire your senses with a Merlo Coffee Appreciation session. Learn how coffee is grown, sourced, blended and roasted. And why fresh roasted coffee makes all the difference. The sessions include:
- a tour of the roasting facility & a short history of coffee
- a sample of two origin beans, and a Merlo blend
- expert advice on making the best coffee at home
- a light continental breakfast
- a goodie bag including custom ground coffee
Sessions require 6 people minimum, start at 7:30am and run for one hour at a cost of $25 per person. We can also take private bookings for 5 to 12 coffee lovers. Bookings are essential.
Bowen Hills: second Wednesday monthly. Call 07 3620 4202.
Fortitude Valley: first Friday monthly. Call 07 3257 0465.
Southport: first Tuesday monthly. Call 07 5561 1588.
For more information and to book your session, please contact your closest participating Merlo Coffee Torrefazione.
Every Thursday morning at our Bowen Hills Torrefazione, our coffee quality team get together to conduct a cupping.
Cupping in the coffee world is similar to a wine tasting. It is a globally recognised, industry-wide process where coffees are critically evaluated to identify specific flavours, qualities and pick out any faults.
This process allows us to maintain the quality and consistency of our coffee, as well as provides an opportunity to review new single origins for our Bean of the Month program.
If you would like to know more about this process, we’d love to have you along to our next public cupping. You can read more about the art of cupping in our blog.
All you have to do is sign up as a Friend of Merlo and drop us a line to register your interest, then we will keep you updated on our next public session.
HOW TO MAKE GREAT COFFEE
Let us show you how
Make the perfect coffee at home with our easy brew guides for a range of methods like Chemex, AeroPress, Syphon and more.
The plunger is a simple way to prepare coffee at home and requires no extra filtration – the device does it for you.
As the appreciation of good coffee grows, so too does the popularity of home espresso machines.
Simply designed, the Hario V60 filter coffee-maker is ideal for preparing a quick and simple coffee for one without the fuss!
Home machine training
Learn how to make cafe style coffee on the machine that you have at home by following our brew guide, or booking a Home Coffee Machine training session with us.
Available at select Merlo Torrefaziones, these one-on-one sessions run for an hour at a cost of $70. You’ll bring in your coffee machine (and grinder if you use one) so that we can tailor the training to suit your equipment. You will learn:
- how to use and care for your machine and/or grinder
- how to make the perfect extraction
- the art of steaming milk
- basic cleaning procedures
- PLUS we will set your grinder.
Bookings are essential:
Fortitude Valley – 07 3257 0465
Bowen Hills – 07 3620 4202
Paddington – 07 3368 2099
Southport – 07 5561 1588
Coorparoo – 07 3324 2309
Queen Victoria Market – 03 9326 6685
Commercial machine training
Learn about coffee from the crop to your cup (and everything in between) with this extensive one-on-one training session.
Well-suited for the hardcore coffee fan, this session runs for two hours at a cost of $175 per person and includes:
- The coffee journey from harvesting to processing and roasting
- A full cupping session to analyse the flavour profiles of different single origins
- How to identify good and bad extractions
- How to texturise milk, pour and present coffee
Please note that this is a non-certified course. Bookings are for one person, but can be adapted to small groups of 4 or less.
For more information or to make a booking, please email Frith or call 0418 727 254.
Who discovered coffee?
Before espresso macchiato and caramel lattes, this story of coffee begins in Ethiopia with, of all things, a goatherd.
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