About Us & History of Mikro Coffee Roasters
Hey guys, its Valeri Tkatchenko from Mikro Coffee Roasters here and i would like to personally thank you from the bottom of our hearts for reading this message and supporting a small local business, there has never been a better time to show your support and vote with your dollars to keep honest small coffee roasters like us in business and producing quality roasted coffee in Australian owned and operated coffee roastery based in Torquay, Victoria.
Let me tell you a little about our history and how Mikro Coffee Roasters started and the sacrifices we made to grow a small coffee business from the ground up and without serious financial investors, we literally started from nothing.
In 2012 when i finished my Uni degree on the Gold Coast and we moved back to Mt Gambier, SA me and my partner Mel bought a small, tired cafe called Cafe Melzar and we decided from the very first day that we would roast our own specialty grade coffee in a small country town of SA with no professional support network and no prior experience or knowledge of coffee.
So to take you back in time, here is a little flashback to where we started!
We started roasting coffee for our cafe on a small 1kg Propane gas coffee roaster from Taiwan in our shed at home!
About 9 months later and some more sleepless nights and 7 days work we decided to go all out and risk it all and opened Mikro Coffee Roasters roastery in Ripley Arcade, Mt Gambier and bought our current Probat 12kg Coffee Roaster.
Whilist we were in the planning phases of moving our business an opportunity came up to purchase a small takeaway coffee shop in Torquay called Kombi Kiosk that we were already supplying coffee to. We operated the new business whilist still roasting coffee in Mount Gambier and travelling 4 and half hours there and back each week to keep the wholesale production going. Arriving in Mount Gambier at 4pm and roasting coffee until 1am and sleeping on coffee bags and cardboard sheets on the floor in the roastery and starting back up again at 6am to roast more coffee and travel back to Torquay to open the coffee kiosk at 6am next day. All the while we were looking for a new site to move the roastery to Torquay at the same time.
With your help and support Mikro Coffee Roasters can keep the doors open and our awesome team of staff in jobs, producing quality coffee you love!
All we are asking you is this, please support local and choose locally roasted coffee, we know we cant compete on price with the big supermarket brands but for a few extra bucks you are buying the hard work and quality and the satisfaction of knowing that you are supporting a small local coffee roasting business through good times and the bad and we couldn't be more thankful!