I left Campos Coffee in Carlton with a takeaway strong flat white, thinking that it didnt taste like a Melbourne coffee. Later, when I spoke to company director Brian Dessaix, he explained it was the domination of the PNG beans in the house blend.

Campos Coffee

14:45:PM 28/07/2011
Leanne Tolra

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I left Campos Coffee in Carlton with a takeaway strong flat white, thinking that it didn’t taste like a “Melbourne” coffee. Later, when I spoke to company director Brian Dessaix, he explained it was the domination of the PNG beans in the house blend. I’m not certain that was the difference, but this Sydney entity, which set up its first Melbourne café late last year, is determined to make an impact.

The fabulous space, plans for a roaster and cupping room, and a commitment to quality and source aren’t new to our city’s specialty coffee culture, but Dessiax insists there’s a degree of separation. “We source all of our beans from origin and actively support the local community,” he says. “Our latest project has just supplied water and schooling for 80 PNG kids.”

Brian’s brother Matt began working at Sydney’s Newtown Campos Coffee five years ago. Brian was running a café in Avalon and began using Campos (which means field). Sales doubled in six months and the brothers were hooked on it. A second outlet was established in Sydney and another in Brisbane, then Campos began supplying coffee to select cafés in Queensland.

Barista

Miranda Borg
Miranda Borg
Miranda Borg gave the Victorian Latte Art Championships a shot in 2009, but says it wasn’t her thing. She’s happier making coffee for regular appreciative customers, rather than a crowd. Borg was working at Brunswick Flour Mill when she saw the job for a head barista advertised by Campos. She’s a qualified architect who worked in the industry for six months, but feels more suited to the hospitality industry and believes there’s a strong career path in coffee. Borg is enjoying working with the Campos Sydney-roasted coffee, which arrives in pristine condition three times a week, but is looking forward to the opening of the roastery behind the shop in a few weeks. Her role is primarily day-to-day quality control and loads of customer service, she says.

Campos Coffee

144 Elgin Street, Carlton

Phone 9347 7445

Barista Miranda Borg

Coffee Campos Coffee

Barista’s choice Three-quarter flat white, cold drip

Open Monday to Friday 7am-4pm; Saturday 8am-4pm

» www.camposcoffee.com

Smooth surfaces, dark walls and polished timber tables give this street café a slick, city-like feel. The Slayer espresso machine dispenses a single-estate coffee of the day, while the house espresso blend is extracted from the shiny La Marzocco. Cold-drip and syphon-filter coffees are offered too. Today the Slayer specialty is a Colombian Cup of Excellence El Tiestero, lot 14. It is chocoately with a nip of scorched caramel and a zing of red fruit. Staff are swift, happy and helpful. Coffee and food are ordered at the counter.

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