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About Contraband



At Contraband we believe that great coffee is the amalgamation of science and passion. We never tire of learning and testing new ideas around the science of roasting and extraction, always on the hunt for new and exciting ways to expand our knowledge and challenge our understanding of coffee.

Equally important to the science behind the bean is our passion for coffee and cafe experience. We live and breathe coffee, and believe that the appreciation and enjoyment of our product, from crop to cup, brings out the exceptional results that scientific understanding alone cannot.

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Every coffee we roast is individually batch roasted on our custom built Petroncini roaster. We believe that each coffee’s characteristics (physical, chemical and flavour) are unique, and so in order to bring out the best in every coffee, each is approached with it’s own specific roast profile. This ensures that each coffees unique nuances can be brought to the fore, according to whichever brewing method is to be used. This process involves a great deal of trial and error (and caffeination!) when assessing new-season coffees, but we don’t mind!


We are acutely aware of how lucky we are to be able to build a life from the coffee industry in Australia. For this reason we always strive to source coffees that have been sustainably and ethically grown. We purchase our coffee through importers who deal directly with farmers at origin, ensuring full traceability of the supply chain. Without the tireless work and expertise of the farmers at origin, we would not be able to bring you the incredible coffees we all enjoy.

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