If you’re serious about coffee, you will find your passion more than matched at 30Kerr65 in Fitzroy. It’s all about the coffee here, as it has been in the Dimattina family for three generations spanning 60 years.
The personal journeys of both founder, Robert Dimattina, and manager, John Dimattina, have seen them meet the challenges of the coffee industry with the combination of self-belief, teamwork and continual improvement that is needed to excel and produce great coffee. The family tradition continues with another generation adding their skill, commitment and passion to their coffee pods.
John’s background is in teaching, and he has developed their Training School alongside the recruitment of their team, which incorporates baristas from several countries at the centre of the coffee industry, including representatives from Brazil, Colombia and Venezuela. It is their attention to detail and dedication to their art that keeps customers coming back time and time again, sometimes four times a day, for the unique coffee they serve.
The in-house coffee roasting at 30Kerr65 is from a savvy Neuhaus Neotec roaster manufactured in Germany. Robert sources a proportion of the blend from Papua New Guinea. In conjunction with their coffee broker Bennetts, assisted by local plantation and Papua New Guinea Export Managers, Dimattina Coffee has established the Banisu Elementary School in Wau, Morobe Province. They pay a premium for this estate coffee that is directly allocated for the ongoing development of the school and the education of the local community.
“Our blend is our Benchmark,” Robert said, “and this has resulted in considerable years of experience to source origin coffee that can be enjoyed by the more discerning coffee drinker. Four Arabica coffees form the pre-roast blend with an additional Arabica added to the final development and resting stage.
“We capture all of the coffee belt regions in the blend comprising Africa / Arabica, Latin America / Caribbean, and Asia Pacific / Oceania,” he said.
With its location in the inner city Bohemian enclave of Fitzroy, the cafe is immersed in a diverse and eclectic array of restaurants and cafes that encapsulate some of the best produce on offer in the city. The edgy, industrial decor has been sourced from local hip businesses primarily in Fitzroy and Collingwood, and this adds a modern, urban twist to the theme.
And the name? In case you’re wondering it’s derived from their address 30 Kerr Street, Victoria, 3065 – but there is something a little deeper about it too. The coffee calibration settings of the 30ml coffee shot and the 65 degree Celsius milk temperature add a double meaning. Very clever, huh?
As well as the coffee itself, the team at 30Kerr65 sources its range of pastries and Biscotti from local, artisan, family-owned and operated businesses. This way they can select the ideal accompaniments to compliment their coffee. At the espresso bar, there is also a showroom displaying and selling coffee machines and accessories. The showroom becomes an interactive training facility for both the public and the industry.