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Tassie coffee connections for mainland adventurers

Selector Chrissie Ng Coffee Life behind our latest Coffee Box Mixed Collection.

I was born and grew up in Hong Kong, a city bustling with people rushing to compete with time. Coffee is my daily need to raise my spirits to cope with a frantic work schedule. However, the coffee I drank was usually a quick cup at my workplace. I’ve eventually discovered that drinking coffee is something I would have to sit down and sip on slowly when I came to Tasmania.

Having stayed in Hobart for almost two years, I have been embraced by love and devotion from the local coffee providers. It is hard to describe how Tasmanians are passionate about coffee and proud of local produce. But you can find that all coffee shops and baristas here are dedicated to serving the best and most heart-warming brews to the people in the community. I noticed that there are a lot of different coffee scenes across the State, and each of them have their own uniqueness and personalities. This is why I’ve created @coffeemania.c on Instagram to causally record my coffee journey in Tasmania.

Café-hopping in Hobart has become my motivation to hone in on work that needs to get done. I usually take my laptop and hide myself in the corner of a café. Fortunately, the atmosphere of the cafes in town is always pleasant and relaxing. It is usually not difficult to find a good spot to enjoy a freshly brewed coffee to start your day.  In my spare time, I like to bum around the island for some adventurous experiences. Not only is Tasmania home to some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world, but it is also a destination on the map for coffee lovers. One of the perks of living in Tasmania is that I can explore coffee and nature altogether.

I was born and grew up in Hong Kong, a city bustling with people rushing to compete with time. Coffee is my daily need to raise my spirits to cope with a frantic work schedule. However, the coffee I drank was usually a quick cup at my workplace. I’ve eventually discovered that drinking coffee is something I would have to sit down and sip on slowly when I came to Tasmania.

Having stayed in Hobart for almost two years, I have been embraced by love and devotion from the local coffee providers. It is hard to describe how Tasmanians are passionate about coffee and proud of local produce. But you can find that all coffee shops and baristas here are dedicated to serving the best and most heart-warming brews to the people in the community. I noticed that there are a lot of different coffee scenes across the State, and each of them have their own uniqueness and personalities. This is why I’ve created @coffeemania.c on Instagram to causally record my coffee journey in Tasmania.

Café-hopping in Hobart has become my motivation to hone in on work that needs to get done. I usually take my laptop and hide myself in the corner of a café. Fortunately, the atmosphere of the cafes in town is always pleasant and relaxing. It is usually not difficult to find a good spot to enjoy a freshly brewed coffee to start your day.  In my spare time, I like to bum around the island for some adventurous experiences. Not only is Tasmania home to some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world, but it is also a destination on the map for coffee lovers. One of the perks of living in Tasmania is that I can explore coffee and nature altogether.

There are plenty of road trips that will only take 2 hours or less and will show you all of the best sights in Tasmania.

 

Finding a scenic coffee stopover on the way is what I usually plan for my road trips in Tasmania.

I also allow myself to slack off at home sometimes with home brews. Here come my favourite blends for all home baristas who would love to have a taste of coffee roasted in Tasmania.

  1. Ritual Coffee – Reserve Blend

Based in Launceston, the northern part of Tasmania, Ritual is sure to blow you away with its special blends. In addition to some classic flavours, this Reserve Blend will offer you an interesting adventure of a fruity touch. I particularly enjoy the refreshing flavour under a creamy texture. It is one of the ideal picks for enjoying with milk and even with other alternative milk choices. Even though the sweetness is definitely there, it does not tend to overwhelm the sense overall. If you like a delicate and well-balanced coffee blend, then this is something that will not disappoint you.

  1. Ludwig the Merchant – Arch Duke

An artisan micro-roastery based in Hobart; Ludwig the Merchant will be something very unique at your coffee bar. Even though I do not usually choose a lightly roasted coffee, I am completely spoiled by the taste of this Arch Duke. Many local baristas actually give this coffee a very high rating in Hobart as the next big thing so here’s a call out for this newest Tasmanian roaster, Ludwig the Merchant – only one year old and named after the roaster’s Polish great great grandfather. Archduke is the first custom blend created by 28yr old Engineering Uni student Jesse Ryland who has been roasting coffee since he was 16 and is a blend of 70% Colombian Huila washed and 30% Ethiopian yirgacheffe washed. Roasted on the dark side, Arch Duke is reminiscent of chocolate desserts, hints of hazelnut chocolates with subtle tones of forest berries. It’s the comfort coffee especially created for milk blends to be drunk any time of the day.

  1. Straight Up Roasters – Criminal Smooth

Without a doubt, Straight Up is very popular in roasting their own coffee for its café in Hobart. Among the many different blends, Criminal Smooth is the one to focus on. The sweet aroma of cameral and blackcurrant that linger in an early morning is what wakes the senses up. The fresh and nutty notes that fill in the mouth gave this blend a silver award from Golden bean 2019 in the Espresso category. The balance of sweet and malt is what makes this blend stands out. Only one sip and you’ll understand that it is worth it.

4. Villino – Synergy

An early player in Tasmania’s speciality coffee scene, Villino and and its hole-in-the-wall sister Ecru in Hobart’s CBD are staple caffeine stops for coffee addicts, locals, and visitors alike. A classic blend of three origins, their famous house blend is the product of years of dedicated roasting and blending to create this perfectly balanced coffee experience. The Synergy Blend is rich, sweet, and full-bodied with a caramel character, syrupy fruitiness and floral notes. 

 

This latest coffee adventure was featured in HUNTERHunter #lockdownpicnic with delights from our Tasmania Choice Mixed Coffee Box Collection.

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