Artist Brent ‘Biffy’ Smith brings us our 10th Random Acts of Art bag, which features a kookaburra in a balaclava. No rapper or Pussy Riot innuendo, no coffee meaning, just sweet random subject matter, so good to know our art project is on its trackless track.
In May, I joined a panel of 17 International Judges for Mexico’s 5th Cup of Excellence competition. It turned out to be quite the competition, with some ups and downs, and now sees us sharing one of the most captivating coffees from that table…
Before we set off travelling from Melbourne to Brisbane visiting cafes doing extra good in their hood this week, a quick stop in Surry Hills Sydney to fuel up on how we started our journey with CafeSmart.
We’re aiming to cut our single use cup waste in half by May 2018.
Through our collective caffeinated brainstorming, we’ve arrived at a handful of initiatives, which we’re excited to get underway. (more…)
It’s all here on our Random Acts of Art #9 coffee bag by the way-talented Neil McCann, aka Captain Pipe – myths, realities, beasts, a big ... oh look, you’ll have to have a squiz at the bag for yourselves. A big thanks to Neil for this wicked little number & for sharing some words below. And thanks to Lisa, our stellar York St CBD manager who put us in touch when Neil was frequenting the café last year.
Over to your art in a moment but quickly first…
Today we're sending out some love to all the bangin' singles out there (single origins, that is) with a few love letters from the crew to their most memorable coffee trysts. Hope they bring you some love this V Day too xx
With the Single O cafés closed over the festive season, we’ve been brewing like demons at home (and in the campground, on the beach, you name it), and thought we’d share five coffee equipment recommendations from our crew, to help you really get your coffee game on in 2017. You know we can talk coffee ‘til the jersey cows come home, so for brew tips, hit us up at the roastworks on (02) 9693 2232, or see our guides here.
We started this Random Acts of Art project in late 2013, and 3 years later have seen several wicked artworks across our 1kg bags, not the least of which is our latest from Sindy Sinn. It’s our first art bag as officially ‘Single O’ so to celebrate, we’ve splashed a good bit of orange on it. Sindy calls the piece ‘Bottlerocket’, inspired in our briefing chat by the phrase “cannot be contained”. Referencing coffee, the zestful lively types who work with it, and love it. We reckon it also sums up Sindy. Hear from him below!
It’s been a cracker month serving up our 3 Course Geisha. Good Food month coincides with the end of what we call “Geisha Season”, and we had a beautiful Geisha that we wanted to feature as part of a tasting flight. On top of that, we had our first ever Geisha Cascara – actually, it’s the first Geisha Cascara that Hacienda La Esmeralda have ever produced.
So Jan, Gus, Wendy & about 10 other keen beans got together in the lab at Botany to taste the Geisha coffee & cascara and come up with a food pairing. The result: an almond financier cake with house-made vanilla mascarapone, a salad of nectarine, almond & candied lime zest & a cascara syrup.
In typical Single O fashion the idea for a Geisha Cascara was conceived over a few wines between Wendy & Rachel Peterson of Hacienda la Esmeralda, and made from their 2016 auction-winning natural coffees. Because of the uniform ripeness & high quality of these cherries, it tastes incredible.
We’ve had so much great feedback about the Geisha cascara & so we’re stoked to be offering limited 125g packs for sale in the café & online here.
Check out the O File here.
We're celebrating International Coffee Day by sharing one of the oldest and most traditional coffees in the world with you, the Moka variety. Thought to be a wild coffee variety originating in Yemen, it's known for its small round shape and is sometimes called “Ismaili” in Yemen. (more…)