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"It was daunting being a young female
starting a new business."
For many 24-year-olds, starting up a
cafe and running it seven days a week
sounds a bit too much like hard work but
not for Hannah Campbell.
In less than two years, Campbell has
built Harvest's reputation for fine coffee
and a relaxed atmosphere, all with little
advertising and having never run a
"We've created a casual environment
for students to come and spend a few
hours doing their work or for business
people to relax."
Campbell believes the passion of a
young team is displayed in the products
"We are trying to push the pour-over
coffee at the moment. It's more of a
smooth, delicate flavour which is easier
to drink and not very widely used in
Canberra," she said.
"It's also very easy to brew at home.
We try and educate people on things that
are easy to replicate."
As for Campbell, who does everything
from serving the coffee to managing the
books, she has a dream. "I would love
to open a coffee shop in New York," she
A: 40 Marcus Clarke Street, Canberra City
P: 0433 358 024
O: Monday to Friday, 7.30am-4pm
Rob Lee has been on a mission
for five years to change the way
Canberra interacts with coffee.
By offering espresso-based
drinks at Tonic, he feels the city has
embraced the coffee philosophy.
"We are always trying to deliver good
coffee and things seem to be going well.
It's hard work trying to keep places fresh
but people like what we do and things
have come a long way in Canberra
during the past few years."
As part of a trio that have brought
Harvest and Group Seven to the city, Lee
has integrated new techniques and a
fresh approach to Tonic.
"We were one of the first in Canberra
to offer cold-drip pour-over coffee and
there's always something different you
can try. The blend we use is sourced
from South America and we are proud
to promote it. It's a very rich blend that
makes consistently good coffee."
The small, cozy environment entices
office workers and shoppers from the
nearby Canberra Centre.
"We have a little gem that fits into what
people want," Lee said.
A: 7 Mort Street, Canberra City
P: 6247 8778
O: Monday to Friday, 7.30am-4pm
MADE TO ORDER
How the baristas make that perfect cup of coffee.
30ml-35ml of coffee with
a thick golden cream on
Served short or long with
dollop of froth.
A full cup of espresso.
One-third espresso, one-
third steamed milk and
the remainder froth.
One-third filled with
espresso with the
remainder hot milk.
An espresso topped with
steamed milk and 10ml
Grant Dumigan has a four-
word motto: "Coffee with a
At the recently opened
cafe at the Canberra Museum and
Gallery, Grant has merged his
interest in sustainability with his
love of coffee.
The eco-friendly ethos of the
CMAG cafe appealed instantly to
the trained barista, who took on
the role of sole operator earlier
"My ultimate dream is to set
up a permaculture retreat in
the rainforest where there is a
chiropractor, an acupuncturist and
where sustainable living can truly
exist," he said.
"I have a strong interest in
sustainability and that is what
CMAG is trying to achieve."
From compostable cups to
energy-efficient appliances, the
eco-conscious set-up is something
that Dumigan enjoys and is proud
of. He aims to achieve Rainforest
Alliance status in the future.
"I am hoping for something that
I can be proud of. This is coffee
that feels good."
It hasn't all been good in the
short time the cafe has been on the
scene, with Dumigan dislocating
his shoulder a week after opening.
On returning, he noticed the
cafe's surge in popularity among
customers all wanting to get away
from it all.
"The standard shop has a lot of
background noise but here you
can have a quiet coffee away from
It has the added appeal of
free Wi-Fi and food supplied by
Croissant D'Or and Dumigan
feels it has earned its place in the
"The thing about Canberra is the
people, everybody is so friendly.
I'm from Hobart so I know friendly
people and I think that definitely
helps a coffee scene," he said.
"In Sydney, there's too much
pretention. In Canberra, people
care about good coffee with a
friendly, eco-conscious attitude."
A: CMAG Cafe, London Circuit and
Civic Square, City
P: 6207 3968
O: Monday to Friday, 10am-5pm;
Saturday and Sunday, noon-4pm
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