06 May '13, 9pm

A look at how coffee culture in Australia has shifted toward quality. @tobysestate @proudmarycoffee

A look at how coffee culture in Australia has shifted toward quality. @tobysestate @proudmarycoffee

Australia will be receiving much of the specialty-coffee universe’s attention this month, as the nation hosts the 2013 World Barista Championship, May 22-26 at the Melbourne International Coffee Expo. The Land Down Under—with a particular focus on Melbourne, the country’s coffee epicenter—is the subject of “Indie City,” a feature in the May issue of Fresh Cup . Among the sources interviewed for the article were three roasters: Melbourne-based Nolan Hirte, who owns roaster-retailer Proud Mary Coffee; Toby Smith, owner of Sydney-based roaster-retailer Toby’s Estate Coffee, which now has roasting operations in the United States and Singapore; and Tim Fraser, co-owner of Perth-based micro-roaster Darkstar Coffee, which is currently transitioning toward specialty coffee. The three talked to Fresh Cup about Australia’s filtered coffee market, its shunning of chains and the sprea...

Full article: http://www.freshcup.com/featured-article.php?id=190

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