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Daydreaming about… Albany

From bikes and beaches, to history and culture, explore Albany and drink good coffee

Emu Point is a long promontory which juts out into the ocean near Oyster Harbour. It is the perfect place to go swimming, whether you want to do a few laps in the lanes or play in the clear, calm and shallow water. With grassy lawn, shady trees and a playground, it is a relaxing place for families. Also popular for fishing and boating, windsurfing and kayaking, walking and cycling, this is a great place to get some exercise – followed by breakfast or lunch at Emu Point Cafe. Alongside their delicious menu they serve our Daydream Organic blend, and also sell a range of whole bean coffee. On a hot day you can enjoy a cold brew coffee, or try the batch brew of the day in the cooler months.

Middleton Beach is one of Albany’s  beautiful, safe swimming spots. Ellen Cove offers a floating pontoon, the nearby boardwalk leads to whale watching viewpoints, and you can enjoy the dog beach and surf. Whether its for breakfast, lunch or dinner Three Anchors has something for everyone on its menu. You will also find the best kids playground (with a pirate ship!) so you can enjoy your Stash Coffee in peace.

It is possible to walk and cycle from the centre of Albany to Middleton Beach and on to Emu Point along a shared cycle and pedestrian path. The return distance to Emu Point is 17km. Experience the Ellen Cove Boardwalk, Middleton Beach, the wetlands and bird-watching areas  beyond Middleton Beach and of course the amazing views over King George Sound and Princess Royal Harbour. Middleton Beach and Three Anchors is 4.5km from Albany and Emu Point Cafe is another 4km past Middleton Beach.

High above the sea, you can wander around the grounds of the Princess Royal Fortress, Australia’s first pre-federation defences. Explore original gun batteries, large coastal gun defences and the barracks. Located within the fortress grounds is the National Anzac Centre which tells stories of the Anzacs.

Stirling Terrace is at the heart of historic Albany. With heritage listed buildings dating back to the 1870s, expansive views over the Princess Royal Harbour and a footbridge connecting it to the foreshore and the Albany Entertainment Centre. The quirky Little Coffee Shoppe is located at the York Street end of the Terrace. It is a great place to find local art and gifts, house-baked treats and pastries, while you enjoy a great Stash Coffee (they run Pretty Things blend), grab some beans to use at home and chat with the friendly owners. Try the iced coffee if you need something sweet! Remember your reusable cup though, as it is take-away only, with a few seats available.

Walk across the footbridge froom Stirling Terrace and explore the Anzac Peace Park and the Albany Entertainment Centre.  Located on Princess Royal Harbour which has been home for thousands of years to Noongar people. The Albany Entertainment Centre is the focal point of the region’s performing arts.

The Museum of the Great Southern shares the stories of the Menang Noongar people and the influence of Mokare, a young Noongar warrior. Stories of the early settlers and convicts and the region’s unique natural landscape, flora and fauna are on display. The Brig Amity is a must see permanent attraction where you can explorea replica of the convict ship as it was in 1826 when it sailed from Sydney to establish the first European settlement on the west coast of Australia.

If you are after a pub style lunch or dinner, head to The White Star on Stirling Terrace. Using local produce and a seasonal menu the restaurant has a wide menu, including children’s meals and plenty of desserts. Plus if you feel like ending the day with a cocktail you could try an espresso martini made with Stash Coffee!

Coffee brewing tips

  1. Fresh is best – always look for the roasted date which we stamp on every bag of coffee. Avoid coffee with a best before or use by date as that doesn’t tell you how old the coffee is.
  2. Buy small quantities of coffee so that you can drink it at it’s peak flavour. Around 5 to 21 days after roasting is a good time to aim for.
  3. Store the coffee in a cool, dark, dry place.
  4. Grind the coffee fresh, just before you brew it. This will give your coffee more flavour and body than pre-ground coffee.
  5. The coffee that you enjoy is personal to you – experiment with the type of coffee beans and the grind size to find the flavour that you prefer.

Singlefile’s bespoke coffee story

Stash Coffee’s story is intertwined with that of Singlefile Wines. The co-founders of both businesses are Phil and Viv Snowden, the owners of the Singlefile Wines property, who moved to Denmark and started producing excellent cool climate wines in 2008. Their son-in-law Patrick Corbett soon joined them by taking on the role of CEO and their younger daughter Pam Corbett stepped into the business as well. When the Snowden’s elder daughter Nina Bradshaw moved to Denmark with her family, the family branched out into creating a specialty coffee roasting business with Nina’s husband, Brad Bradshaw as the roaster.

Nina Bradshaw

Daughter of Singlefile’s Viv and Phil, Nina turned to artisan coffee roasting after her family moved to Denmark

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What is coffee cupping?


SCAA_FlavorWheel.01.18.15-212x300There are well over 800 aromatic compounds in coffee (while perhaps 200 aromatic compounds in wine in comparison) and it can be rewarding to take some time to experience a coffee cupping. Cupping is a method of evaluating coffee beans and roasts, and it is useful at every stage of coffee production,from the farm to the roastery to the café. Learning how to cup coffee will enrich your coffee drinking experiences and help you appreciate your coffee more.

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The Green Pantry opens in Denmark

Denmark’s long standing and much loved Health Shop moved to bigger and brighter premises late last year, and has gone from strength to strength, selling everything from organic wholefoods and local produce to organic essentials for a healthy body, home and mind. Successfully selling Stash Nitro Cold Brew on tap over the last summer, more recently excitement has been building as renovations took place in the empty cafe next door to the Heath Shop.

The Green Pantry cafe opened last week. An all day menu of healthy and delicious meals, including gluten free, paleo and vegan options, and a bespoke blend of organic specialty coffee roasted fresh and with love and precision at the Stash Roastery, The Green Pantry is a cafe that should not be missed when you visit Denmark.

The Green Pantry

A roast with a difference

We had a lovely time hosting the journalist Heather McNeill at our roastery late last year and she has written a lovely article about her visit. You can read it here.
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If you would like to tour our facility, taste some of our coffees and hang out with us for a while, do come along to our free Roastery Open Day on March 11th as part of Taste Great Southern 2018. We’ll be joined by some of our friends such as Denmark Gelato and there will be activities to keep the kids happy too.

Golden Bean Coffee Roasters Competition

The Golden Bean is the world’s largest coffee roaster competition and conference. This competition endeavours to find Australia’s best coffee roasting business with coffees being judged as espresso, milk and filter beverages. Entering for the second year, we were delighted to come away with three bronze medals – one in each of the categories. Our Pretty Things blend achieved a medal in the milk category, while Heroes blend was sucessful in the espresso category and our newest single origin, Ethiopia Kochere was successful in the filter category.  All of these coffees are available on our website or come and try them with us at one of our events over summer – coming up first is the Denmark Arts Market on December 9th.

Pretty Things is our Silver Medal Winning Blend

Now available on our website, Pretty Things is one rockin’ blend. It scored a sweet silver medal in the Australian International Coffee Awards (AICA) 2017, in the milk-based espresso category. The AICA is the first and only international coffee roasting competition in Australia and received more than 800 entries. Brad our roaster says “Pretty Things is designed to taste best with milk. It is great as an espresso or with a filter brewing method.”

 

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Taste Great Southern 2017

The epic Great Southern food, wine and coffee festival, Taste Great Southern, is approaching and we’re excited to be holding a series of workshops at our Roastery this year.

Encompassing everything from coffee roasting and cupping through espresso and brewing, these four workshops are going to be a lot of fun.

We’ll be opening up our Roastery to visitors, sharing our love for all things coffee and even playing our favourite vinyl records for you.

If you’d like more info and for tickets available through Eventbrite check out the links: Espresso (sold out), Everything But EspressoRoastingCurated Cupping.

Billed as the world’s biggest coffee roaster competition, the Golden Bean 2016 was held last month in Port Macquarie. Amongst the hundreds of entries we were delighted that Brad’s roasting skills were awarded in two categories – Pour Over Filter and Decaf. Brad refuses to roast specially for competitions but for the first time agreed to enter three of his production roasts in the competition. Receiving the two awards therefore is validation of his unwavering committment to make every batch of coffee roasted by Stash meet his high standards.