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What's special about specialty coffee

What's special about specialty coffee

In the world of coffee the word 'specialty' is not a term that is used lightly. If used correctly it applies to any green bean that has been assessed by a Q Grader and given a Q score greater than 80. The Q score system was introduced by the Coffee Quality Institute as a way of getting skilled individuals who were capable of grading and assessing specifically Arabica green bean and improve the product they had available. Similarly, the Q score is a way of giving farmers feedback on where their product sits in the market. The majority of coffee beans never reach the cut-off point...

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Supporting Local Businesses

Supporting Local Businesses

When COVID_19 restrictions escalated from social distancing measures to stay-at-home isolation, many local Brisbane businesses were forced to close their doors - particularly those in our hospitality industry. At Q Roasters we were able to adapt to the situation and quickly set up an outdoor takeaway service and thanks to incredible community support we have been able to keep trading throughout this period. But we could see that our customers wanted to shop for groceries safely and there were lots of food suppliers who were doing it tough. With people staying home, online sales for our roasted coffee beans increased and we decided...

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How To Prepare Chai Tea

How To Prepare Chai Tea

Often costumers wander into our Stafford roasting house (on the north side of Brisbane) unsure of what they want. What drives them there? Perhaps a mid-morning hunger pang, a social catch-up with a friend or maybe just the smell of freshly roasted coffee beans got their attention. "What would you like?", we ask. To which they reply, "I don't know. I don't drink coffee!". The Q Roasters team love these customers and we are only too happy to make suggestions. One of our favourites is chai tea. Chai is said to have originated in India and dates back 5000 to...

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Sustainability: What It Means To Us

Sustainability: What It Means To Us

Q Roasters - sustainable espresso. What do we mean when we say sustainable? Like the word 'organic', 'sustainability' has a certain buzz about it. Used quite loosely, these words add a certain credibility, but what does it take to stand up to their full meaning? The Oxford English Dictionary definition for sustainability is “The property of being environmentally sustainable; the degree to which a process or enterprise is able to be maintained or continued while avoiding the long-term depletion of natural resources“. This definition has helped us to shape a criteria for where we source our green bean. Based on our philosophy that coffee should...

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