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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 Australian 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!

It sounded like a great idea to roast our own coffee and run the cafe at the same time but what the reality of that was actually long 12 to 14 hour work days and roasting coffee til 2 am and opening the cafe for trade every day at 7 am!
After some small successes and a couple of bronze medal awards at Australian International Coffee Awards we realised how huge the world of coffee really is and how much there is to learn and discover, so we decided to take our coffee roasting a bit more seriously and upgrade our coffee roaster to a larger 3kg machine to save some time on roasting and focus more on quality rather than working overtime to produce just enough coffee to run the cafe on.
After we managed to get a hold of a 3kg coffee roaster and setup in our shed we managed to convince a couple of local restaurants to do some business with us and buy our coffee wholesale, they asked us what was our coffee called and this is when Mikro Coffee Roasters was born in 2014 with our very first logo!
What a time to be alive! We started our own coffee brand from our garage and now supplied 2 other restaurants in town.

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.
When we started roasting on our new Probat roaster we decided to have another crack at the Australian International Coffee awards in 2015 and to our surprise we won 2015 Australian Champion Espresso as well as a couple of bronze medals for our coffees entered in to the competition that year and our passion for roasting quality specialty coffee has only grown stronger and we persevered to try and grow and establish Mikro Coffee Roasters coffee business further.
3 Years later, we made a tricky decision to leave our starting place in Mount Gambier and relocate our whole business to Torquay, Victoria as our wholesale coffee grew in demand from Victorian cafes and the need to be closer to our new clients has given us the motivation to make the move.

Whilist we were in the planning phases of moving our business we decided to buy a small takeaway coffee shop in Torquay and operate the 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 and looking for a new site for the roastery in Torquay at the same time.
About 9 months later, we found our new home on the corner of Baines Crescent on the surf coast highway, this spot was to be the new home of Mikro Coffee Roasters!
And here we are, roasting coffee in Torquay in 2020 and facing the most difficuilt time in our coffee careers. The future is very uncertain and times are certainly tough, however this will not break our spirits! 

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!

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We are 1% for the planet. This means that we are committed to contributing 1% of our company turnover every year to local and Australian national causes to improve the environment and the quality of life of Australian people.

As of September 2022 we support the following not for profit organizations:

CERES

Surf Coast Energy Group Inc. (SCEG)

Surfrider Foundation Australia (Torquay)

Sea Shepherd Australia

Mikro Coffee Roasters is proudly a Carbon-neutral company as of August 2022.

We have diligently calculated all carbon emissions directly and indirectly related to our activities as a coffee roasting company and taken steps to reduce our carbon footprint by reducing our waste and working with companies that have already taken the steps to completely offset their carbon footprint and become carbon-neutral companies.

To offset our greenhouse gas emissions that are inevitably created from operating a coffee roasting business we purchase Australian Accredited carbon units from accredited Australian Carbon Market broker to completely offset the remainder of our emissions that we are unable to remove from our business such as natural gas use to roast coffee, operations of motor vehicle and other small incidentals.

The Following Services & Companies We use That are already 100% Carbon-Neutral.

  • FTA Coffee (importing our coffee from Ismael and other farmers)
  • Australia Post (all our coffee is delivered Express via Auspost)
  • Biopak (Takeaway compostable cups and lids)
  • Reground (remove and reuse all our soft plastics and used coffee grinds and coffee chaff from roasting)
  • Happy Happy Soy Boy (soy milk for our espresso bar)

Our net calculated annual greenhouse gas emissions from operating activities

Gas for roasting coffee 44.98t

Electricity 14.45t

Motor vehicle 5.02t

Non-recyclable/non compostable waste 4.48t

Water to brew coffee & wash dishes 0.27t

Paper 0.31t

Dairy & other milks used to brew coffee 16.62t

Business air travel economy class 1.5t

Events & promotions 6.23t

Total 92.44t Co2

Carbon Offsets Purchased in 2022

250t Moombidary Forest Regeneration Project vintage 2021-22

This project establishes permanent native forests through assisted regeneration from in-situ seed sources (including rootstock and lignotubers) on land that was cleared of vegetation and where regrowth was suppressed for at least 10 years prior to the project having commenced.

For more information on this project click here