Beanhunter Coffee Club – Passport Specialty Coffee

Written by Jamie|24, March, 021

What makes you unique?
Our focus is on high end, unique, and affordable coffees from places that many people would not think to look. We have relationships with many farmers, mills & exporters around the world and are constantly in search of new ideas and coffees.

Who started the business/roastery?
Aaron McKenzie and Jason Joffe

What is your roastery’s story/ where did it all begin?
After working together at a previous company, we shared a love of high end specialty coffee. As the company grew we found ourselves working further away from the coffee and in more management roles. When that company sold we took a break to further our knowledge before starting Passport Specialty Coffee. Passport Specialty Coffee was our shared vision as a place to buy the kinds of coffees we wanted to drink, and share the stories of these coffees. Aaron had been working as a café and barista consultant and Jason as a green bean trader prior to Passport Specialty Coffee and the business was a place to showcase all the talents and knowledge we had accumulated over decades in the specialty coffee industry.

When did you start/date founded?
We started the business in January 2019

Who is the head roaster?
Jason Joffe

What is your roastery’s ethos?
We buy traceable, ethical and sustainable coffees that are of the highest quality. We want as many people as possible to experience these coffees and get as excited about them as we do.

Where is your roastery heading/ plans for the future?
We are expanding an idea to showcase coffee as more than just a pick me up. Trying to serve the worlds best coffees means we have to try and break away from the low price that a cup of coffee fetches. Consumers are no longer worried about paying more for other beverages such as craft beer but the coffee industry seems to still has a price stigma to it. We also have a range of cold brew products that are about to be launched on a much larger scale.

Why are you passionate about the coffee industry?
The people are what make the industry so special, from producers to consumers and everyone in between. Coffee as a product is really exciting and the direction it is heading is amazing. As consumer education increases the market is allowing us to push the boundaries of what people perceive coffee to be and the ways they are prepared to drink it.

Any coffee competition wins?
Being in the coffee industry as long as we have, we have drawers full of awards that are collecting dust.

How many stores/roasting locations in Australia?
Just the one roastery and retail outlet in Brisbane as well as café partners.

Any special roasting technology you are using?
We have a Loring A15 Merlin, which as far as we know is the only one in the country and we only know of a handful worldwide. It was the original prototype for the current Loring design.

This week on the Beanhunter Coffee Club you will be drinking…

The Espresso Blend is our House blend, Arrival. It is a blend of 2 coffees, from Brazil and Timor Leste. The Brazil is from a farm called Fazenda Ondas da Mantiquiera which is a biodynamic farm near the town of Carmo in the Mantiquira Region. The farm grows both red and yellow Catuai and is processed naturally on raised blends. The owner, José Nicácio Itagyba de Oliveira, undertook the huge job of converting the farm to Organic standards and later certifying it.

The Timor is a small holder collected coffee from the Letefoho region of Timor Leste. The farmers are paid a premium to collect only the ripest cherries and deliver them to the mill, named Lutlala. The coffee is organised by Domingos Sarmento who was a leader in the resistance army against the Indonesian invasion and after Timor Leste gained independence was the minister for Justice.

Our filter coffee option comes from one of our favourite regions in Ethiopia, Yirgacheffe, and is a classic co-op dried naturally. After extensive work and travel in Ethiopia and around the world, this is still our favourite place to buy coffee and visit when possible.

Any famous last words?
Buy better coffee


We hope you enjoy this week’s cup. The Beanhunter Coffee Club is the best way to discover amazing coffee – join today!