The owner of a Taren Point business, which won a swag of awards at Australia’s top coffee roasting competition, has a simple explanation for their success.
“We are caffeine addicts and we deliver on our expectation,” Dean Crowe said.
Australian Roasted Coffee Company (ARCC) walked away with bronze medals in seven of the 10 categories when the Golden Bean Awards were presented at a conference at Port Macquarie.
The competition attracted a record 1400 entries from more than 200 coffee roasters in Australia and New Zealand.
Mr Crowe said winning seven medals was “easily the best result across all categories” achieved by a shire roaster.
The firm, which has 14 staff, operates from two industrial units in Box Road, with a third lined up for future expansion.
Leading the roasting and tasting team is Mick Kiely, who has internationally recognised qualifications and is a former gold medal winner in the Gold Bean Awards.
Mr Crowe, a Caringbah resident, started the business in 2012 after he caught the “coffee bug” when he and his wife Renee owned a coffee shop in Canberra.
He said ARCC was the largest roaster in the shire, producing 2.5 -3 tonnes of coffee a week in 8-10 blends.
“Our mandate is simple – purchase the best possible green beans on the market, roast to perfection, deliver to our esteemed cafe partners, coach our baristas, and deliver excellence in a cup,” he said.
Mr Crowe said major customers in the shire ranged from Summer Salt at Cronulla and Jensens at Kareela to Caringbah YMCA.
“We distribute from Brisbane down the east coast to Sydney Canberra, Melbourne and Adelaide and recently gained accounts in Perth,” he said.
“Off the back of these awards we are going to push hard.
“We extend an invitation to visit our facility in Taren Point, whether it’s to discuss coffee roasting, becoming a barista or having a coffee and discussing your coffee journey.”