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”

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