This article was first published on our original site MyCityLife way back on 26th February 2014
Australians have declared themselves coffee #connoisseurs for the last ten years, and one of the many reasons Queenslanders have developed such an appreciation for the fine bean is thanks to Merlo Coffee.
Today marks a special day on the Merlo Calendar as the Merlo family celebrate yet another #milestone in their unique culinary journey. In true #Italian style, Merlo will be teleporting their own Brambati Roaster direct from Italia with their own custom-designed Cupping Room where the roaster will be welcomed with a traditional Italian christening. The brand new and shiny Cupping Room will allow java aficionados to trial single-origin beans in Coffee Appreciation Classes from the Bowen Hills Trattoria. The new roaster will be able to recycle the heat and air from the burners, allowing for a more efficient deep slow-roast – a technique Merlo Coffee is quite #famous for.
Merlo’s history in The Sunshine State has long become an urban legend, with Dean Merlo overlooking the coffee roasting these days. He has a history steeped in #tradition and an ingrained appreciation inherited from his grandfather, Luigi Merlo, who now operates his own roaster #Trattoria from Tirano, Italy. Locally, Merlo Coffee is the acceptable addiction since their introduction of the first espresso machine to the Sunshine State in the 1950s, where the #signature blue cups have spread far and wide to become the bean of choice, while Merlo’s iconic retail fronts are easily the ”go-to” for espresso shots, lattes, flat whites, Euro-inspired accessories and friendly caffeinated advice. As one of Queensland’s #reigning local roasters, Merlo can certainly take credit for contributing towards the newly spawned generation of roasteries now blooming across The City.
Pay tribute and raise a glass to the Merlo bambino and extended family. In keeping to the traditions of every other big fat Italian Christening, we say:
Merlo, don’t look behind for fear of leaving the door open to anxiety and worry.
Instead, always look ahead to the future to stay strong and bright.
In nomine Patri, et Filii et Spiritus Sancti. Caffè, Possa tu vivere per sempre.