ST. ALi // Specialty Coffee

The Sepo’s have left the building!

Posted in ST ALi. // Latest news by mattjohn on October 30, 2008

Over the last 3 weeks, Peter from the good ol’ US of A, has been helping out around the place. Go Obama!! He is definitely passionate about coffee and had brought with him lots of experience. We will update this section soon with more bit more detail on the man behind the man in the hat that made the man.

It was sad to see Peter and his girlfriend Morgan leave, they were both becoming part of the furniture and we do need more chairs around here. Go Obama!! Thanks for helping out around the place as well Morgan. Much appreciated.

Now are those tattoos you both got,  “Never Again” in relation to the tattoo itself… or in relation to coming back to Melbourne…

Peter leaves, Go Obama!!, us a changed man – A haircut, a tattoo and a mighty fine hat. Nice Akubra mate! 

Now is that a 3 wise monkey pose or just a roast gone horribly wrong?


So here is some more info on the Americano, Peter Droste.

Salvatore Malatesta, owner of St Ali – “I found Peter in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York after doing a recent coffee trail from Grumpy to Gimme to Ninth Street Espresso and then found a little oasis called Hotel Delmano (no sign of course) and drank the finest made espresso by Peter and beans from Stumptown.  We were on the same page and I offered him a job. He will be running the Bondi or Byron Bay operations and then moving across to our site in Brooklyn with some local team members.  His role is to spread the love and continue the St Ali best in category approach to coffee.  We are all about care from farm to cup. He will develop some direct trade relationships”. And there you have it. 



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Will we be able to keep this blog up to date?

Posted in Juzzie by mattjohn on October 30, 2008


Straight back at ya!

Straight back at ya!

Hmmm!! That’s the million dollar question. Who really has the time to? Nevertheless we are going to give it a good crack and see how we go.

Let us kick this off with our first introduction. Juzzie (Justin) is our Head Roaster and has been with us for over 3 years. A Sydney boy originally who had tracked down St Ali with the intent of furthering his coffee knowledge, either that or it was an economically rational decision, if you could put away the coffee he could, you would really want to work at a roastery where you’re getting it for free. In fairness, it’s the job. The roasters are always cupping and tasting to make sure everything is bang on!  Juzzie has spent time overseas meeting importers, roasters, cafes and most importantly farmers/growers in Indonesia.

Oh… and Juzzie said to say that he ‘likes long walks on the beach, followed by a conversation at sunset about conceptual art, about an incommunicable intra-personal struggle, the sturm und drang plight of the soul and the extent to which its subjective experience is completely inexpressible… while listening to Slayer’. 

He and the infamous Toshi, 4 years on the trot & more on him later, have been the backbone of St Ali. Also Dusty, our home grown rockstar-barista has just taken the next step into roasting and Kris, who has just moved to Melbourne, from apparently a town called Perth, which we are told is on the other side of Australia, where nobody wears clothes, unicorns roam the countryside and everyone has a flying kangaroo as a pet, sounds like a mythical place to me. But Kris is real and that’s all that matters. Kris & Toshi will be competing in the Victorian Barista Championship next week. And lets not forget the return of Nashy, he was there at the beginning and is back on the bus 2 days a week. We will update staff profiles overtime. 


The purpose of this blog will be to:

1. Keep a record of the day to day grind of ST ALi, essentially for our own benefit – though it might be a “week to week grind”.

2. Give an insight into ST ALi for anyone who’s interested. i.e.

  • Tasting notes
  • Latte art
  • How to do’s
  • Upcoming events
  • Competitions


3. To try and get as many incriminating photo’s of Juzzie out into the public domain as possible and any other staff for that matter. Though we guess, they are all going to be on Juzzie!

There has been a lot of changes happening of late, we’ll try and give you a rundown but all-in-all will try and stay on the coffee path.

And that’s day one of the blog!