Our People

Erik Ruelin

Nickname: Erik
From: Brisbane
Years in the industry: 20
What do you drink in the morning?: Flat white 1 sugar
Favourite…
Coffee blend: House Blend
Single origin: Kenya
Tea: Soothe 
Chocolate: Black pearl
Food: Chicken wings – date & pecan
How do you make coffee at home?: Bucket of water with 500g of coffee
Why do you choose this method?: “it makes strong coffee and I can strain it straight into the cup”
What do you do on your spare time. Hobbies?: “stroke my guitars vigorously”, play drums and make music, go to waterfalls with my dog.
Most hated coffee order: “I don’t have one. I made every coffee you can think of. All of them.” 
Crazy dreams about work: “thinking of spilt milk all over my bed and then waking up and realising I just peed the bed”

Fiorella Denari

Nickname: Fi / Fior
From: Argentina
Years in the industry: 11
What do you drink in the morning?: Piccolo or flat white
Favourite…
Coffee blend: Jungle Cartel
Single origin: Guatemala, pacamara variety
Tea: Rooibos and after dinner mint tea 
Chocolate: Black pearl
Food: pork belly cooked by lance
How do you make coffee at home?: Plunger
Why do you choose this method?: It’s easy, makes great black coffee (we often forget to get milk) and we can make two cups in one go
What do you do on your spare time. Hobbies?: Spend time with the kids. Love camping, making soaps, reading and gardening. But I don’t do much of it anymore
Most hated coffee order: Pour over in the middle of a rush
Crazy dreams about work: “I was at work and the shop got busy all of a sudden. The room kept on getting bigger and bigger and I couldn’t find anyone else working with me. The customers had weird coffee orders and the machine was letting any water out. Luckily I woke up”

Lance Robinson

Nickname: Lanci
From: Mooroolbark, Melbourne
Years in the industry: 6
What do you drink in the morning?: Long black or flat white
Favourite…
Coffee blend: Organic
Single origin: Guatemala
Tea: Herbal 
Chocolate: Cafe style
Food: Asado (argentinian bbq) and vegemite sandwich with tasty cheese – Straya!
How do you make coffee at home?: Plunger
Why do you choose this method?: Taste + volume
What do you do on your spare time. Hobbies?: Look after screaming kids. But I like fishing, fishing and fishing. Camping, mountain biking
Most hated coffee order: Weak decaf 
Crazy dreams about work: No. I don’t sleep.

Rachael Rowe

Nickname: Rachael
From: Sorrento, Mornington Peninsula
Years in the industry: 12
What do you drink in the morning?: Piccolo
Favourite…
Coffee blend: Flight mode
Single origin: Panama – Hartman, black winey process
Tea: Depending on the mood. Peppermint and english breakfast
Chocolate: Black pearl
Food: Cheese
How do you make coffee at home?: Plunger
Why do you choose this method?: “It’s easy. But I also like aeropress”
What do you do on your spare time. Hobbies?: Anything outside, walks, creeks. Film photography
Most hated coffee order: Extra hot
Crazy dreams about work: Can’t remember the dreams, but the panicking sensation

Jess Holme

Nickname: Jess
From: Mareeba
Years in the industry: 7
What do you drink in the morning?: 2 flat whites
Favourite…
Coffee blend: Organic
Single origin: Not sure
Tea: Iced soothe with peppermint
Chocolate: Black pearl
Food: sScollop and prawn pasta with saffron and chilli made by dad
How do you make coffee at home?: Plunger
Why do you choose this method?: It’s easy. I don’t have a gas plate for stove top
What do you do on your spare time. Hobbies?: Hang with my cat, chill at home, eat Vietnamese food. Play with flowers
Most hated coffee order: Cup of cino
Crazy dreams about work: “I rocked up to work with a see-through skirt. In another dream, Erik told me that it had been one month of me working at Sipping Duck and I had to pass an exam/test about coffee to keep on working”

Surya Harbour

Nickname: Surya
From: Auckland
Years in the industry: 14
What do you drink in the morning?: flat white
Favourite…
Coffee blend: Jungle Cartel
Single origin: India
Tea: Outback Summer
Chocolate: Aztec Empire
Food: Chocolate – Louise Slice
How do you make coffee at home?: Plunger
Why do you choose this method?: Convenience
What do you do on your spare time. Hobbies?: What spare time? Look after baby Lilly. Arts and crafts, sewing, fishing
Most hated coffee order: decaf soy extra hot half water
Crazy dreams about work: “I got to work 5 hours late because Lilly threw up all over me and I was told not to bother coming back to work”

Tayla

Nickname: Tayla
From: Cairns
Years in the industry: 10+
What do you drink in the morning?: Piccolo
Favourite…
Coffee blend: Organic
Single origin: Guatemala
Tea: Rose Earl Grey
Chocolate: Inca Trail
Food: Mandarin cold and seedless – Louise Slice 
How do you make coffee at home?: Aeropress
Why do you choose this method?: Clean filtered brew
What do you do on your spare time. Hobbies?: Road trips, swimming, music, singing.
Most hated coffee order: Anything with nut milks
Crazy dreams about work: “I haven’t had any” “it’s easy to work with everyone here so I don’t have nightmares”

Ilana Critelli

Nickname: Lani
From: Melbourne
Years in the industry: 3
What do you drink in the morning?: long black or sparkling cold brew
Favourite…
Coffee blend: Flight mode
Single origin: African coffees
Tea: Rooibos
Chocolate: Aztec Empire
Food: Sushi
How do you make coffee at home?: aeropress
Why do you choose this method?: it’s nice for black coffee, lot’s of flavour.
What do you do on your spare time. Hobbies?: What spare time? Foster kittens. Camping, fishing.
Most hated coffee order: anything with nut milks
Crazy dreams about work: “We had a shop on the tablelands and the girls refused to let us close until midnight ti make customers happy (they were drinking coffee outside). Lance was there but he left”

Caterina Pagano

Nickname: Cat
From: Italy
Years in the industry: 6
What do you drink in the morning?: I drink coffee in the afternoon. Mocha.
Favourite…
Coffee blend: tbc
Single origin: tbc
Tea: Yerba Mate Lemon Myrtle
Chocolate: Black Pearl
Food: Pizza – cherry ripe slice
How do you make coffee at home?: Stove top percolator
Why do you choose this method?: It’s what we use in italy, mum’s old fashioned way
What do you do on your spare time. Hobbies?: walk the dog and look after pets
Most hated coffee order: babyccino
Crazy dreams about work: “You fired me because Surya was coming back” “you said now that she is back we don’t need you anymore”

Florencia Devaglia

Nickname: Flor
From: Argentina
Years in the industry: 10
What do you drink in the morning?: Flat white 1 sugar
Favourite…
Coffee blend: House Blend
Single origin: Sumatra
Tea: Rose Earl Grey
Chocolate: : “I don’t like chocolate”
Food: Pizza
How do you make coffee at home?: Plunger
Why do you choose this method?: It’s what my flat mates had at home
What do you do on your spare time. Hobbies?: Cycling while listening to music. Singing.
Most hated coffee order: Decaf almond cap 2 sugars
Crazy dreams about work: None so far