What Brisbane’s ‘Bean’ Waiting For

The problems of three little people don’t amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world, proclaimed Rick Blaine (aka Humphrey Bogart) in the movie classic, Casablanca, and this might be true on planet earth but in a galaxy far, far away, the problems of three people called Hans Solo, Luke Skywalker, and Princess Leia are of utmost interest to many.


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On Thursday 17 December 2015, Brisbane fans of the intergalactic franchise Star Wars can take advantage of midnight cinema screenings of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, which is set approximately 30 years after the defeat of the Empire and the demise of Darth Vader. The plot follows a trio of young leads along with characters from the previous instalments.

And the extra good news is that Merlo Coffee will have all the Java (the Hutt) that weary Brisbane fans need to get them through the day after the midnight screenings.


Rumour also has it that BlackBear, a distant cousin of that legendary Wookiee warrior Chewbacca, will be making an appearance at Merlo’s Queen Street store on Thursday 17 December 2015 from 8am to 10am, along with visiting Jedi Knights, Storm Troopers and even the dark lord himself, Darth Vader.

So if you fancy a visit to the ‘dark side’ why not pay a visit to the Queen Street store, and order a Merlo Long Black – you will be in good company. And, there’s always the froth for those who like a lighter and airier approach to their coffee. Light or dark, whatever your preference, BlackBear, Merlo’s new Cold Press Coffee, is strong enough to keep a Wookiee going for days.


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Help me caffeine, you’re my only hope!

In 1977, Princess Leia said Help me Obi-wan Kenobi, you are my only hope! But modern day ‘princesses’ circa 2015 may find salvation in a shot of caffeine!

And, from one box-office success to another, Merlo is pleased to announce that a new record has been set for December’s ‘bean of the month’ – Cup of Excellence Colombian bean.

After exclusively importing over one tonne of the multi award-winning Colombian bean,
Merlo has been rushed by coffee lovers, and after less than two weeks, only 100kg remains. A new record has been set confirming what we already knew – that Brisbane’s love affair with coffee continues, and is as strong as ever!

Grown by Víctor Félix Ibarra Fajardo, the Colombian bean is naturally processed, producing a taste of malt and brown sugar with smooth butterscotch notes, finished with a twang of spice and coconut. The acidity is lively and orange, with a round body and sweet finish. Since 2010, Victor has participated in the Cup of Excellence awards, attending four exhibitions in total. The Cup of Excellence is a prestigious award given only to the finest quality coffee and is staged by the Alliance for Coffee Excellence (ACE).

Queensland-headquartered Merlo Coffee has the exclusive global supply of the Cup of Excellence Colombian bean for December, grown on the Lucitania farm in the heart of Colombia. The privately owned farm has been perfecting their beans for over 20 years, and is certified by the Rainforest Alliance, Fairtrade International and UTZ, a program for sustainable farming. This year in the Cup of Excellence Awards, the Lucitania beans scored 85.5/100, beating hundreds from around the globe to achieve the required and celebrated level of excellence.

Merlo CEO Mr James Wilkinson said the company has worked hard to secure the exclusivity deal, and that coffee drinkers had responded accordingly.

“Our Bean of the Month program showcases beans that are hard to find, rare and interesting, and each December we aim to unveil a fitting end of the year finale bean – and the Columbian Cup of Excellence Bean is indeed this finale,” he said. “This new record for sales is testament to the ongoing maturation of Australia’s coffee palate – our coffee drinkers are educated, passionate and keen to try new tastes and flavours.”

The remaining beans are available at Merlo’s 14 stores across Brisbane and online.

Merlo is now Australia’s largest independently owned and operated coffee roaster, and today owns and operates its own cafes, in addition to its wholesale supply of freshly roasted coffee to over 1,000 cafes and restaurants around Australia. Merlo also ships coffee online to customers throughout the country and overseas. Merlo is proudly Queensland-based.

May the force be with you!


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