ST. ALi // Specialty Coffee

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!



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  1. kyliestali said, on October 30, 2008 at 10:05 am

    An amazing first blog!!!

    I was left hanging on the end of each word. Somehow you had the ability to write what I’ve been thinking all along…

    Thank you for reaching out to me. Please keep them coming.


  2. rushole said, on November 24, 2008 at 10:39 am

    Nice hair jdiddy//

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