International award winning Barista Shae Macnamara and successful Australian entrepreneur Adam McAsey have joined forces to create Expat. Roasters, a specialty coffee brew bar and wholesale business.
Located in the heart of Seminyak, Bali, right next door to the island’s favourite cafe and McAsey’s other venture Sisterfields, Expat started as a passion project for two Aussie lads who were driven by a desire to produce an exceptional, unpretentious brew – from the ground up.
Co-founder and Australian Coffee and Good Spirits Champion 2016, Shae Macnamara believes Expat’s point of difference is their approachable ethos around all things coffee alongside their heavy focus on education and training.
“We specialise in high quality specialty coffee, yes, but the whole reason for doing this is to bring a new approach to the coffee industry in Indonesia. We want to collaborate within the industry and educate coffee lovers along the way,” said Macnamara.
Coffee is first and foremost on the menu, espresso and their chosen form of alternative brew method, the V60, also known as a pourover. Amongst the raw, concrete interior you’ll find Expat treats designed to match the brew being served including house-made banana bread with single-origin espresso butter, Wonderboys – think two brownie cookies hugging flavoured buttercream – and everyone’s favourite, filled donuts. All made fresh, daily.
The Brew Bar was cleverly designed by Melbourne-based Travis Walton Architects, alongside 21-19, an award winning brand and communications agency, both are behind all of the 8 Degree Projects venues in Indonesia.
On the centre of the cement bench sits a custom designed La Marzocco PB with built in auto brew ratio scales and independent boilers, one of the most technically advanced machines on the market.
As residents of ‘the island’, Expat.Roasters work closely and respectfully with local Indonesian farmers and producers to source the finest quality local product to compliment their nomadic collection of beans from around the globe. Additionally, Expat.Roasters wholesale their specialty coffee across the Indonesian cafe market.
“Our house blend, Nomad, is a combination of three Indonesian coffees, an Arche Gayo from Sumatra and two local Balinese beans from the Kintamani region. All three are processed differently to give balance in the cup. As for our singles, we are really excited with what’s out in the market and the speciality brokers we will work with.
“The perfect bean is a delicate combination of both art and science – recognising a superior product from the point it’s hand picked to the myriad of scientific processes that determine its final flavor. A delicate balance of hand, head (and heart)” Macnamara explains.
Expat.Roasters are continuously working to foster the burgeoning coffee and barista community of Bali – introducing the culture of making a good brew across the island, one cup at a time.
Expat. Roasters is part of the 8 Degree Projects Group, specialising in world class, memorable establishments throughout Asia.