Get to know your coffee

Coffee Appreciation

Inspire your senses with a Merlo Coffee Appreciation session. Learn how coffee is grown, sourced, blended and roasted. And why fresh roasted coffee makes all the difference. The sessions include:

  • A brief history of Merlo, coffee and roasting
  • Coffee tasting of different brew methods such as AeroPress, Chemex and plunger
  • Light breakfast and a takeaway coffee
  • A goodie bag including a 200g tin of Espresso blend.

Sessions require 4 people minimum, start at 7:30am and run for one hour at a cost of $30 per person. Bookings essential.


For more information and to book your session, please contact your closest participating Merlo Coffee Torrefazione:

Bowen Hills: To book call 07 3620 4202.

Fortitude Valley: To book call 07 3257 0465.

Southport: To book call 07 5561 1588.



Commercial machine training

Learn about coffee from the crop to your cup (and everything in between) with this extensive one-on-one training session.

Well-suited for the hardcore coffee fan, this session runs for two hours at a cost of $175 for up to 4 people and includes:

  • The coffee journey from harvesting to processing and roasting
  • How to identify good and bad extractions
  • How to texturise milk, pour and present coffee
  • How to clean and look after your coffee machine for optimum performance

Please note that this is a non-certified course. Bookings are for small groups of 4 or less.

For more information or to make a booking, please email us or call 1800 637 567.

Home machine training

Learn how to make cafe style coffee on the machine that you have at home by following our brew guide, or booking a Home Coffee Machine training session with us.

Available at select Merlo Torrefaziones, these one-on-one sessions run for an hour at a cost of $70. Depending on what machine you use at home, we will tailor the training to suit you. Whether you have a domestic or a semi-commercial machine, we will help you make a great coffee. Using one of our demonstration machines you will learn:

  • how to use and care for a machine and grinder
  • how to make the perfect extraction
  • the art of steaming milk
  • basic cleaning procedures

Bookings are essential:
Fortitude Valley – 07 3257 0465
Bowen Hills – 07 3620 4202
Paddington – 07 3368 2099
Southport – 07 5561 1588
Coorparoo –  07 3324 2309
Queen Victoria Market – 03 9326 6685

Coffee Cupping

Every Thursday morning at our Bowen Hills Torrefazione, our coffee quality team get together to conduct a cupping.

Cupping in the coffee world is similar to a wine tasting. It is a globally recognised, industry-wide process where coffees are critically evaluated to identify specific flavours, qualities and pick out any faults.

This process allows us to maintain the quality and consistency of our coffee, as well as provides an opportunity to review new single origins for our Bean of the Month program.

If you would like to know more about this process, we’d love to have you along to our next public cupping. You can read more about the art of cupping in our blog.

All you have to do is sign up as a Friend of Merlo and drop us a line to register your interest, then we will keep you updated on our next public session.