Local coffee shop champ keen to be everyones expert
By HELEN JACK
NATHAN BYRON is keen to build on his success.
Since winning the title of Australia's Best Coffee Roaster a month ago, the 25-year-old coffee grower, roaster and cafe owner is now chasing the crown of world champion barista.
Nathan said as a coffee grower and roaster of his own and 52 other growers' coffee, he now wanted to know more about the end product.
And to help prepare for his quest, Nathan is offering to teach anyone who gets a coffee-making machine for Christmas how to use it.
"I don't think I can improve my coffee unless I have a professional understanding of all aspects of the industry," Nathan said.
"I think of it this way; if you make cakes and you never eat one, then how can you know what to do to improve them?"
Nathan's business, Nat's Coffee in the Russelton Industrial Estate at Alstonville, began as a school business studies project in 2000.
He rigged up a drill and piece of PVC pipe to grind and package coffee and when he received top honours for his efforts, he became the subject of national media attention.
Channel Nine A Current Affair journalist Brady Halls featured Nathan in a segment of the popular TV show, and then again last week after Nathan's national coffee roasting title win.
Nathan's plan of teaching new coffee machine owners how to make cafe-style coffee is gaining impetus just by word of mouth.
He recently held a series of coffee-making workshops in people's homes.
But even better, Nathan is negotiating with Channel Nine's Kerri-Ann Kennerly to appear on her show with his coffee appreciation workshop.
"I am hoping to put myself out there and expand my business and I am looking for ways to do it," Nathan said.
Working an average 12 to 15 hours a day, Nathan said his goal was to become the coffee expert everyone thinks of when they need advice.
"Like Peter Brock for motor racing, or Dick Smith for aviation," he said.