Home' In The City : In the City - Winter 2012 Contents 33
Monday May 21, 2012
Caffeine devotees all
know it but Australia
is addicted to coffee.
Here's the proof.
The city is home to some small but
perfectly formed coffee havens.
Attracting the next generation of
coffee drinkers has been one of the
aims of Cream boss Omar Muscat.
For more than five years, Cream's
stylish set up has attracted caffeine
connoisseurs of all ages, but youth has
been a major factor in the business.
"Dealing with a diverse clientele ranging
from families to business people we
tailored Cream to represent an eclectic
experience catering their individual
needs," he said.
"We are looking to attract young people
into the business, either working or as
customers. Hospitality is a great career for
Along with associates Socrates Kuchinos
and Michael Nagee, Omar -- a former
pastry chef -- has nurtured a youthful
feel to Cream, along with several other
businesses across Canberra.
The trio now employs more than 400
people, justifying the decision made in
2006 to open Cream.
"We believed in the position that was
offered to us and felt we had the right
business model to complement the existing
premises in that precinct," Omar said.
From mochas to signature cocktails like
the chilli martini, Cream aims to entertain
"People should have the right to know
(where their products some from)," Omar said.
"Canberra cafe scene has evolved and
become extremely competitive which
is good news for the discerning coffee
A: Shop FG10, Bunda Street, Canberra City
P: 6162 1448
O: Monday to Friday, 7.30am-late, Saturday
8am-late, Sunday 8am-4pm.
Consistency is important and successful at Deja Brew,
a small but perfectly formed store in the Canberra
Centre. A piccolo latte from Deja Brew will warm
your heart and your soul.
A: 212 City Walk, Canberra City P: 0405 004 690
Often overlooked in Garema Place, Smooth Bean is a
quiet achiever. A small hole in the wall it may be, but
Smooth Bean has a large customer base. A double
macchiato for $2 wins many fans.
A: 148 City Walk, Garema Place, Canberra City
KALDI ESPRESSO BAR
Tucked away in the southern end of City Walk, Kaldi
offers great espressos, made with the coffee with
company roasts in Canberra. Quick service is the
name of the game here.
A: 240 City Walk, Canberra City P: 1300 052 534
A favourite with commuters looking for their morning
caffeine fix, Jina's Cafe offers good quality coffee in a
flash and service with a smile. A hidden gem.
A: 2 Mort Street, Canberra City P: 6249 1931
Canberra's coffee scene has created
niches. While some want to be the
most eco-friendly or the place to be
seen at, the Blue Olive is aimed at
Turned around by barista Simone
Hunter, the Blue Olive has succeeded
because of one thing.
"People want a nice place to sit and
have coffee. We try really hard to be an
all-rounder, offering quality products and
With its bright yellow walls and homely
features, the Melbourne Building cafe
has become a surprise success, even by
Hunter's own admission.
After training as a barista, she taught
the art of coffee making to newcomers
before "falling into" the Blue Olive.
"I was stuck in a desk job but came into
the Blue Olive a lot. The owner was looking
for a way out and it just kinda happened.
It was a bit run down and building the
business was tough at the start."
Double shots from the Blue Olive are
especially popular with local business
workers because "the double shot brings
out the caramel a bit more and goes
down very well".
Hunter divides her time between the
Blue Olive and Scope, on Mount Stromlo,
but isn't resting on her laurels, with a
research trip to the US about to start.
"The scene is amazing in New York and
I'll hopefully find something to bring back
A: 56 Alinga Street,Canberra City
P: 6230 4600
O: Monday to Friday, 7am-3pm; Saturday,
price of a
is $3.37, but
$3.70 in Perth.
visit a café
Forecast annual spend by
Australians on coffee by 2013.
of coffees are
drunk in the home
cup of coffee to start my day."
THE AMOUNT OF COFFEE
THE AVERAGE AUSTRALIAN
CONSUMES A YEAR.
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