Barista Of The Week… Matt Lewin

Barista of the Week.. Matt Lewin barista / roaster at Axil Coffee Roasters, 322 Burwood Road, Hawthorn.

The Coffee Guide (TCG): If you weren’t a barista what would you be?
Matt:Celebrity chef – still just might be yet…!

TCG: How do you have your coffee at home? How do you make it and how do you take it?
Matt: Aeropress filter with a good dusty hangover for measure on the weekend.

TCG: What is your favourite music? (For work or for play).
Matt: Hotel Costes 1-15 for work & play, plus Angus/Julia Stone, Jeff Buckley.

TCG: What’s your favourite food?
Matt: Potato: roast potato, mash potato, pomme puree, chips, fries, pomme frite, crisps, you name it I love it with potato… life’s great with potato.

TCG: Tell us what your best coffee experience was.
Matt: AXIL roasted Ethiopian sidamo (it’s a blueberry sledgehammer to the face).

TCG: If you’re not drinking coffee, what is your drink of choice?
Matt: High end wine, boutique beers & lots of still/sparkling mineral water.

TCG: What made you become a barista?
Matt: I’m ridiculously creative, a very visual creature, fundamentally, completely individually & totally expressive & very good with my hands…naturally!

TCG: What food do you think is the best compliment to a really great coffee?
Matt: None at all… coffee should be appreciated alone, naked, black, that’s all!

TCG: What’s the largest amount of coffees you have ever made in a day?
Matt: Way, way, way toooooo many!

TCG: Where do all the old baristas go?
Matt: Hopefully to heaven.

TCG: Who would make a better coffee, King Kong or Godzilla?
Matt: King Kong, a definite advantage with his long arms & big hands & he’s a lady-killer!

TCG: Where has your coffee making taken you?
Matt: America, New Zealand, around Oz and Europe.

TCG: What is the most exciting thing happening in coffee right now for you?
Matt: Being a specialty coffee roaster & training for competition, exploring & being exposed to buying & roasting the best coffee on the planet! Exciting!

TCG: If you could pick one spot in the world to sit and have a coffee, where would it be, and what coffee would you have?
Matt: Italy with a perfect espresso… I’m so nostalgic & a hopeless romantic!

TCG: If you could make coffee for one other person of your choice (anyone- past or present), who would it be?
Matt: Jimi Hendrix

TCG: Where is your favourite place to hang out in Melbourne?
Matt: Auction Rooms and Der Raum, they’re the complete package!

TCG: What is your guilty pleasure?
Matt: French butter, truffle oils, good EVOO.

TCG: What’s your favourite time of the year?
Matt: Summer. I live by the beach… just check out this gleam!

TCG: What are you reading right now?
Matt: Lots of roasting, brewing, immersion, science, tds text… worm styles!

TCG: What is your favourite movie of all time?
Matt: That’s difficult… maybe Shawshank Redemption (viewed as a youngster).

TCG: Where did you grow up? And what is your fondest childhood memory?
Matt: Both city & country. I’m a product of the best of both worlds, humbled by good old fashioned everything, as well as having your finger on the pulse too!

TCG: What did you do on your last day off?
Matt: Had morning coffee with a good mate at Dead Man espresso, fancy lunch at two-hatted cafe di Stasio, and dinner at my place with my friends & family.

TCG: In a good cup of coffee, how much of it is due to the barista and how much is due to the beans?
Matt: both are as equal to each other. If one fails, they both fail, roasting maybe the most important of all when you get down to particulars & nitty gritty!

TCG: Is decaf a dirty word?
Matt: Hmmm, we won a bronze for our efforts, so the jury is out on that one I’m afraid!

TCG: Is specialty tea the new cappuccino?
Matt: Apples and oranges!?

TCG: What is your favourite kind of tea?
Matt: Green & peppermint combined!

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One Response to Barista Of The Week… Matt Lewin

  1. marilyn says:

    This young man is incredible, dynamic , good looking and is able to product a wonderful cup of coffee, check him out at Axil, say Hi and experiance his talents in the fine Art of Coffee Making.. posted by some one who knows Matthew well…..take the opportunity to do the same, i, how ever have 29 years head start on the rest of you,, cheers xx

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