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Posted on Friday, 04 March 2016

You’ll be shocked at what you might find at a coffee roaster. Hospitality trainer Natalie O’Donoughue brought her students to Mulgrave and lived to tell the tale…


We enjoyed a train and taxi ride before arriving at an industrial area in Mulgrave. It smelt sweet from the coffee aromas.

15 Hospitality Certificate III students were studying the Prepare and Serve Espresso subject, and what better place to go than one of the oldest coffee roasters in Melbourne?

We were taken through the plant and observed the sorting, roasting and packaging of beans that come from all around the world (such as Brazil and Columbia). It was noisy, but interesting listening how our ‘cup of Good Morning’ changed through modern technology and mass production.

The students learnt the strangest things you can find while sorting coffee beans. Like… a human tooth. Thankfully they got that out in time!

Jennifer, one of Melbourne’s Coffee Competition judges, was also around to teach more wonders of how to serve great espresso and texture silky milk.


Natalie O'Donoghue is a Hospitality and Short Courses Trainer at RGIT. After 20 years in hospitality as a restaurant manager and owner, Natalie has excellent on-the-ground insight and practical knowledge to share with students. See more.