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Merlo Showcases Historic Tanzanian Coffee in March

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Merlo's celebrated Bean of the Month program continues with the iconic Queensland-headquartered coffee company brewing a rare Tanzanian bean from the Shiwanda Estate.

From the 1st to 31st of March 2016, Merlo, Australia's largest independently owned and operated coffee roaster, will showcase the Tanzanian Arabica bean though its famous 'Bean of the Month' program, available at Merlo's 14 stores across Brisbane, Melbourne and online.

One of the pillars of the Bean of the Month program is supporting the local community of origin of the bean, as 90% of coffee producers are smallholder farmers. The Tanzanian Arabica bean comes from the Shiwanda Estate, a historic area that was revived in 1998 and is located in the Mbeya Region of Southern Tanzania, between Lake Tanganyika to the north and Lake Malawi to the south.

Grown at over 1500m above sea level and across 300 acres, the Tanzanian bean is naturally processed and washed, producing a taste that is dark chocolate with orange and lemon notes, and fragranced with chocolate and apple. The acidity is lively and tangerine with a full, syrupy body.

Beans can be purchased wholesale with prices starting at $11.25 for 200g and up to $41.50 for 1kg. Coffee lovers will have to be quick to sample the smooth brew in store or at home however, as the Bean of the Month is famous for selling out before the month is up due to popularity.

Where you can try and purchase the Bean of the Month

Merlo stores offering freshly roasted coffee beans for sale are known as Torrefaziones, which is Italian for roasting house. Coffee can also be purchased online at

The Stores:

Merlo Fortitude Valley Torrefazione

104 McLachlan St, Fortitude Valley - 07 3257 0465

Beans, coffee and roasting

Merlo Bowen Hills Torrefazione

10 Thompson St, Bowen Hills - 07 3620 4202

Beans, coffee and roasting

Merlo Southport Torrefazione

Ferry Rd Markets, The Brickworks Centre, 107 Ferry Road, Southport - 07 5561 1588

Beans, coffee and roasting

Merlo Springfield Torrefazione

Shop 23, Orion Springfield Town Centre, 1 Main Street, Springfield Central - 07 3470 0215

Beans, coffee and roasting

Merlo Paddington Torrefazione

1/78 Latrobe Terrace, Paddington - 07 3368 2099

Beans, coffee and roasting

Merlo Coorparoo Torrefazione

Shop 4, Woolworths Centre, 19-41 Harries Road, Coorparoo - 07 3324 2309

Beans, coffee and roasting

Merlo Toowong Tmorrefazione Kiosk

Shop K4, Ground Level, Toowong Village, 9 Sherwood Street, Toowong - 07 3720 8802

Beans, coffee and roasting

Merlo Victoria Point Torrefazione

Corner Bunker Rd and Cleveland-Redland Bay Rd, Victoria Point – need number

Beans, coffee and roasting

Merlo Long Pocket

UQ Long Pocket Campus

Meiers Rd, Indooroopilly – 0478 456 888

Beans and coffee

Merlo Queen Street

344 Queen Street, Brisbane City - 07 3221 4561

Beans and coffee

Merlo George Street

239 George Street, Brisbane City - 07 3221 8789

Beans and coffee

Merlo Southbank

Shop 1D, Southbank Institute of Technology, 66 Ernest Street, South Brisbane - 07 3844 9388

Beans and coffee

Merlo Qld University
SS&H Library, Duhig Building, University of Queensland, St Lucia Campus - 07 3346 7438

Beans and coffee

Merlo QUT

Ground Floor, V Block Kiosk, QUT, Gardens Point Campus - 07 3138 9906

Beans and coffee

For more information on the Coffee of the Month, please visit

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When: 1st to 31st March
Where: Merlo Torrefaziones all over Brisbane
Cost: Starts $11.25
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