Barista Of The Week… Annie Martinu

Barista Of The Week… Annie Martinu
Owner / Barista at Reverence Specialty Coffee & Tea
155 Union Road, Ascot Vale, VIC

The Coffee Guide (TCG): What coffee do you use at work?
Annie: We’re lucky enough to roast our own coffee, in-house on a Giesen roaster. This means our house blend is always seasonal, and to our liking! It doesn’t get any better than that.

TCG: How do you have your coffee at home? How do you make it and how do you take it?
 Annie: I don’t drink coffee at home, I find such pleasure in going out for coffee. There’s something special about having someone make you a great coffee. I usually start with a filter or short black.

TCG: What’s the best thing about your job- the one thing that you really love aside from the coffee?
Annie: I love the social aspect of it. You can meet some wonderful, interesting people. I’ve made some of my best friends this way.

TCG: Tell us what your best (or first) coffee experience was.
Annie: Growing up, mum would bring us along on her cafe crawls. She’s always absolutely loved coffee, and I think that’s why I love it, too. Weekends weren’t spent at the movies, they were spent in cafes!

TCG: What made you become a barista?
Annie: My family has always owned small businesses, both cafes and restaurants. I was asked to learn to make coffee to help out. Nothing beats cheap labour!

TCG: Where has your coffee making taken you?
Annie: I’ve attended coffee events all around Australia, but even once in Germany to cheer on a friend in a competition!

TCG: As a barista, what’s your next big plan?
Annie: My brother and I are co-owners of Reverence, and we’ve just launched our wholesale roasting department. I’m so excited to get our coffee out into other cafes!

TCG: Where is your favourite place to hang out in Melbourne?
Annie: You’d think working as a barista that I’d want to avoid other cafes, but on my days off I like to go check out any new cafes that have opened, or hit up some old favourites.

TCG: What did you do on your last day off?
Annie: That was today! I spent the day in the kitchen at home. I love cooking and baking, I find it helps me relax and unwind.

TCG: Is specialty tea the new cappuccino?
Annie: I think it’s great that we’re finally doing justice to tea. There’s such great importance in steeping time and water temperature. You pay just as much for tea as you do for coffee, so why would you want an inferior beverage?

TCG: What is your favourite kind of tea?
Annie: Jasmine Pearls is my absolute favourite. It’s so sweet and fragrant.

TCG: What is your favourite alternate brewing method?
Annie: I’ll always choose a pour-over if that’s an option.

TCG: Where do you see alternate brewing methods going?
Annie: In Melbourne I can see it going far. Hopefully we can get to the point where the love of filter coffee spreads throughout society, and perhaps even some coffee bars popping up that don’t serve espresso? Eventually…

TCG: What ever happened to the Clover?
Annie: Goodness! It’s still around but I don’t need one, thanks.

TCG: Will other methods fade away?
Annie: I’m sure methods will always come and go, but with the direction we seem to be headed I don’t think filter coffee methods will fade anytime soon. The public interest is increasing, which is exciting. As Australia’s ability to import fresher and higher quality coffee is growing, so too can the appreciation of coffee with these methods.

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