ST. ALi // Specialty Coffee

ST. ALi ‘Country of Origin’ Dinner

Posted in ST ALi. // Latest news by mattjohn on May 18, 2009

Last Friday night Exec. Chef Ben Cooper served up one of his best efforts for the second Country of Origin dinners held here at St. Ali. Food, coffee and wine were all paired to the theme of Central America which was delivered in an 8-course degustation. The night was beyond a success with a packed house of locals/media/foodies and master chefs. Our next Origin dinner will be held in July with the theme being South American. If you would like to get in early, don’t hesitate to give us a buzz on 96862990 to ensure yourselves a seat!

Photos courtesy of James Broadway



Posted in ST ALi. // Latest news by mattjohn on May 4, 2009

People… St. Ali will be hosting round two of the “Country of Origin” degustation events held on the 15th of May. Executive chef Ben Cooper (ex. Nobu, Ezard’s and Long Grain) will be putting together an 8-course Central American inspired feast with accompanying wines. To add to that, Justin and Toshi will be roasting up single estate coffees fresh from Costa Rica, Nicaragua and El’ Salvador which will be served during the evening through Siphon Bar, Cold Drip, Espresso and Affogato. The cost of the event is $100 per head and bookings are essential so please RSVP by the 12th of May. You can contact us on 9686 2990. See you there!


Posted in ST ALi. // Latest news by mattjohn on May 3, 2009

So the story goes a little something like this…

Don Salvatore comes in and says to me “hey matt, what you doing in the next two weeks…” Me being reluctant to commit to anything that far ahead said “not too sure, why?” Then he follows it up with “You wanna go to Atlanta? It will be fun…” By this stage I was looking for cameras in the room, anticipating a ‘gotcha’ from my fellow collegues. There were no cameras and the Don was serious. Next thing, I’m being pampered by Virgin…airline 😦 hostesses and on my way to Atlantic city for the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) 4 yearly event. This thing was massive! The World Championship Barista competition was being held there along with labs, lectures and tradeshows. It was 5 days of non-stop action. Even the nights were filled with excessive drinking and mingling amongst Australia’s best known coffee brands. Biggest highlight was hanging with the Slayer boys. These guys were exceptionally good blokes, not to mention genius’. If you’ve ever seen or played with their new machine, or even just hung out with them, you’ll see why.

Overall, the trip was likened to cramming in study before a big exam, only a hell of a lot more fun. The guys I’d like to thank, who babysat and introduced me to the world of coffee are Maria Paoli, Elenora Genevese, Kenton and of course Don Sal. Photos courtesy of the Slayer boys


Kenton (Zarraffa Coffee), Johnny boy (Slayer) and Me


Slayer booth – Centre of attention


The winner of the WBC this year, Gwilym from the UK


Team Slayer – minus Chris


Jason (Slayer), Maria (Evolving Success) and Me


Johnny boy and myself looking like we’re about to get a room…