A History of Coffee

Starting in hospitality in 2001 whilst helping his father run their first café, Jean-Paul quickly taught himself the fundamentals of coffee making.

In 2006, Jean-Paul moved to Brisbane to pursue a professional career in the coffee industry, and secured a position with Veneziano Coffee Roasters to launch their new Roastery in West End. For eight and half years, Jean-Paul quickly built his reputation to become one of the country’s leading coffee professionals.

He secured a number of Barista Competition titles including 2010 Queensland Barista Champion. Over his career working with Veneziano Coffee Roasters, Jean-Paul immersed himself in every facet of specialty coffee including growing and processing, roasting, production, wholesale and business development.

Through his knowledge, Jean-Paul has proven himself to be a reliable and successful business partner for some of the country’s most successful specialty cafés and franchises.



Charlie started building a passion for quality coffee when his father purchased their family’s first espresso machine when he was young. Charlie has been keen to grow his skill and knowledge base by working within the hospitality industry and has quickly built his reputation as a great Barista producing some seriously tasty brews at Specialty Coffee Trader’s espresso bar in Garbutt.

Since beginning with Specialty Coffee Trader, Charlie’s role has progressed into Barista training, managing the skill level of every Barista who works with our coffee. Heading our Barista school, Charlie ensures Specialty Coffee Traders consistent, high standard of coffee is met across our café network.



Beginning her coffee career in Germany, Nicole fell in love with coffee managing a popular coffee shop in Hamburg for a number of years. She began her employment with Specialty Coffee Trader in early 2021 where she has helped launch Specialty Coffee Traders Fairfield Café and roastery working alongside owners Jean-Paul and Hayley Sutton.

Nicole now acts as the company’s Business Development Manager where she uses her passion and knowledge for Specialty Coffee to grow and develop our wholesale partners businesses.