Take one look at Lee Lai’s wildly imaginative work & it’s no wonder we picked her for our 12th run of Random Acts of Art. The first Melbourne-based artist to give our bags new life, Lai & her maze of coffee creatures have eaten our hearts out (seriously though, they've got an appetite)!
Cup of Excellence is known for discovering beautiful coffees, as well as celebrating and rewarding farmer excellence – since inception it has returned US $55,181,409.99 to coffee producers. This year we’re showcasing CoE coffees from the newest, oldest and ‘hottest’ competitions in a Single O Cup of Excellence Tour…
Our latest string of singles have stirred up the romance in the Botany roastworks, our Sydney & Brisbane coffee traps, & even as far as our Tokyo roastery. Some genuine love here in this year’s odes to origins. Happy V Day coffee lovers!
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Rounding up our 2017 lineup of Random Acts of Art bags is Sydney-based artist & illustrator, Mike Watt. From a freelancing neighbour at our Surry Hills crib to our feature artist for edition no. 11, Mike & his astro-zombie make an outta-this-world addition to our coffee & art project.
Just shy of 2 years ago, we took a shot at roasting in Tokyo, setting up shop in a back lane in Ryogoku. We’re now roasting for an awesome coffee community here, and we’ve just opened a tasting bar in our little roastery if you’re up for a visit!
THE DEADLIEST CHAMPIONSHIP YET.
300 guests, 1500 tinnies, 25 battlers & 12 rounds of brewing action to produce 1 winner...
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.