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HOT: Merlo Coffee Roasting House – 104 McLachlan St, Fortitude Valley

On the hunt for something a little different to do for a small corporate event, cialis my colleague CB suggested we hold a coffee appreciation breakfast at Merlo Coffee.  After all, stomach if there’s one thing that makes the IT world go round, dosage it’s caffeine.

The logistics were pretty straight forward – we rang, we booked a time, we showed up.  We gathered about 10 people together for our private booking and upon arrival everyone was greeted by the smiling faces of the Merlo Coffee team and offered a coffee of their choice as we waited for everyone to appear and settle in their places.

After the introductions and formalities were over, our Merlo Coffee host for the morning gave a thorough over view on how coffee is grown, how and where it is sourced and then blended and roasted into Merlo’s premium fresh espresso.  Unfortunately, the Merlo Coffee ‘torrefazione’ in McLachlan St is stuck beside a construction sight at the moment, so in all honesty it was a poor setting for even holding a conversation with the person beside you, let alone trying to listen to someone explain the difference between beans and blends.  Even so, our crowd appeared engaged and fascinated by what they were learning.

Over a pleasant selection of fresh fruit, muffins, croissants and cakes provided for breakfast, we had the privilege of sampling a few short blacks and tasked with the job of trying to decipher the unique flavours and their origins.  Not that much different to a wine tasting experience and to the untrained palettes (like mine) in the room, they all pretty much tasted the same!

Towards the conclusion of the appreciation session we were given a back-room tour of the roasting area.  The grand old roaster was in full swing as we were talked through the intricacies of the roasting process by the friendly staff.  Above and beyond anything else, one thing you realise is that these people take their coffee very seriously!

The coffee appreciation sessions cost $25 per head for about an hour and a half, held once a month at each of Merlo Coffee’s five torrefaziones.  The Fortitude Valley Merlo Coffee Roasting House boasts a fast turn around on creamy, made-with-love coffees via a hole-in-the-wall style shop front whereby you can pretty much drive through or walk up to order (without having to go through the small store). 

Inside the store itself you’ll find shelves full of cups, mugs, fancy machines and other paraphernalia on sale for the amateur coffee connoisseurs or professionals alike.

  • Merlo Coffee Roasting House – 104 McLachlan St, Fortitude Valley +61 3257 0465
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  1. Posted by Cindy | August 17, 2011, 8:32 pm
  2. I think they have a great coffee in that town. They make a fresh coffee. Thank you.

    Posted by Steven | January 14, 2012, 12:13 am
  3. Garuva is an intimate little restaurant which is quite popular for couples wanting something different.I remember kicking back on the cushions, eating some fine food and drinking some sterling cocktails.

    Posted by Furniture Storage | May 11, 2012, 4:16 pm

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