Tim Williams is the co-founder of Bureaux Collective — a specialty coffee incubator that provides Melbourne cafes with the equipment, training, and support to get started roasting for themselves.
Tim has developed and lead renowned specialty coffee brands across three continents, with a focus on building quality-driven coffee sourcing, roasting, and retailing operations. He's held senior roles with Workshop Coffee and Square Mile Coffee Roasters in London, as well as Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea in Los Angeles, and collaborated on Maison Kitsuné's 'Cafe Kitsuné' coffee bar in Paris.
Today, Tim lives in Melbourne and divides his time between roles as CEO of both Bureaux Collective and the World AeroPress Championship, running a small charity in rural Rwanda, and raising three young daughters.
When Fleur Studd founded Melbourne Coffee Merchants nearly a decade ago, she was one of the first importers to bring in specialty grade, traceable, fresh crop coffees into Australia. Over the last 9 years, Fleur, along with her team, have worked tirelessly to improve the quality of coffee in Australia by sourcing the very best quality coffees they can find and sharing these coffees, and the extraordinary stories of the people behind them, with quality-focused roasters throughout Australia. Fleur is also the co-founder of Market Lane Coffee, a roaster and retailer that has played a pivotal role in helping redefine what coffee is and can be to many Melbournian consumers. Market Lane Coffee now has 6 shops in Melbourne and over 60 staff.
With 15 years’ experience in the Hospitality industry and seven dedicated to the specialty coffee industry, Elika has collected a wealth of knowledge, all of which beginning in a traineeship in Hospitality Management. Elika began her work at Three Bag’s Full café in 2010 and worked her way to being completely coffee centric. After spending two years working with the Three Bag’s team she landed a job at Seven Seeds’ Brother Baba Budan, eventuating in a management role.
In late 2012 Elika re- joined her previous employers at Two Birds One Stone, to begin the set up and management of Top Paddock’s coffee bar, opening in 2013. At Top Paddock she lead a team of 10 baristas, gained her Q Grader Certificate, became a certified National AASCA Barista and Brewers Cup judge, and learnt how to roast coffee.
In May of 2015, along with the owners of Top Paddock, she launched Square One Coffee Roasters in Cremorne. Elika is now the driving force behind the roasting house, creating roasting profiles, conducting staff training, book keeping, forecasting and green bean buying. In June 2016, due to her profound coffee expertise, sharp leadership skills, coupled with an ambition to share knowledge, Elika was awarded with the Melbourne Food and Wine Hostplus Hospitality Scholarship. This allowed her to travel to three international destinations of her choice to further her career in coffee.
Andrew has been in coffee for well over a decade and his exploration into quality on all fronts has seen many a metamorphosis: after founding Auction Rooms Cafe in North Melbourne the obvious step was to create Small Batch Roasting Co., now one of the world's most respected artisan roasteries. The deeper one delves into the intricacies of this complex food product the further one is led to the source: Andrew is championing a rare breed of honest and (actual) direct trade that treats smallholders as fellow artisans and businesswomen/men. Andrew’s purchasing practices encourage and legitimately support growers to transition to a very involved organic agriculture and to produce a superb quality of coffee. With socio-environmental impact a driving factor behind sourcing, on the home front a ceaseless pursuit of the perfect roast and brew keeps Andrew and his team engaged and in love with this humble seed.
Zeta’s career started in nursing. After a long career as a nurse educator she joined a medical publishing company where she worked as an account director in South East Asia, Europe and Australia.
Zeta moved to the Tweed hinterland where she and her husband planted coffee in 1994. Her first roasting business Carool Coffee Traders showcased locally grown coffee and Zeta became an advocate for local produce by initiating the food group Taste The Tweed which was a leader in the area of food tourism. Zeta is the owner, manager and roaster of Zeta’s Coffee and now focuses on producing one of the world’s finest single origin coffees. In her free time she is completing a Master of Gastronomic Tourism through Le Cordon Bleu and Southern Cross University.
Whilst working a fly-in fly-out health professional job in WA mining , Ryan co-founded Life Cykel in 2015, with his good mate and work colleague Julian Mitchell. The pair were unsatisfied with societies disconnect to growing food and linked this to problems associated with nutrition, well-being, environment and community.
Ryan was born in Melbourne and has been on a mushroom movement over the past 2 years setting up Coffee Waste Mushroom Farms in Fremantle, Noosa, Melbourne and Byron Bay.
Ryan's mission is to replicate the Life Cykel coffee waste model in all corners of the globe and inspire new attitudes towards waste products, food production and mushrooms.
Ben Evans is the founder of St David Dairy in Fitzroy. Ben is a passionate Food Technologist, having studied at Gilbert Chandler College, achieving Dux of each year of study, and receiving 9 scholarships for academic excellence. While working his way through the ranks of the Victorian dairy industry, Ben had a long term dream of one day starting his own. After moving to Melbourne and observing the local food 'revolution' and an increasingly educated consumer, the idea of an urban micro-dairy in the heart of Fitzroy was born.
In an industry where big business dominates, St David has carved a loyal following with its authentic value proposition and authentic passion for what they do.