We are Ensemble of Coffee Research and Education. We want to make the industry more accessible through sharing our resources, knowledge and love for coffee.
Even though we’re known for our facilities in Alexandria, ECRE isn’t just a place where people can roast coffee beans. We’ve evolved into a community focused on delivering the tools to help our industry become more environmentally, socially and monetarily sustainable. This not only makes it a better place to work in, but also produces better coffee.
What exactly is “better coffee”, anyway?
Anyone in coffee knows it has its problems: information isn’t openly shared, farmers are closing decades-old plantations, pickers are moving on and commodity coffee thrives on unsustainable practices. To complicate matters, most consumers don’t realise their latte is in crisis or why a $1 coffee at 7-11 does far more harm than good.
From picker to roaster to barista to consumer, we believe anyone who loves coffee can help make things better. By sharing what we know—from sourcing green beans to using the roasting machine that gives you near perfect roasts consistently—we hope to highlight openness and inclusivity, and trigger desire for change.
“What’s this ECRE business? Wasn’t your name CRS?”
Since 2016 we were a co-roasting facility known as Collective Roasting Solutions, short name CRS. Our transition from a roasting solution to an industry response—that includes education and research alongside roasting—prompted a change to Ensemble of Coffee Research and Education (ECRE). It stands for everything we want to be.
Meet the team
A supremely talented and dedicated roaster and cupper, Nameru has trained up many of ECRE's co-roast members. Now, Nameru shares his wisdom to an even wider audience via the Academy courses.
- Can make a guitar gently weep
- Makes the BEST masala chai from scratch
Mac is a master of finding efficiencies and working smart, which explains how she seems to pack 3 days of activities into 1: from a Bronte swim at sunrise to study in the evenings.
- Mad love for sun, sand and sea
- Always says it like it is
What Kelvin loves about coffee is how it lets him freestyle through roasting, brewing, educating or running a tight ship. Kelvin’s our coffee polymath, swapping hats all day long.
- Soccer tragic who can beat you on the field and PS4
- Loves to capture street life with his camera
Tuli became interested in roasting when working as a barista in his uni days. Fast forward many years and he’s run the full gamut of coffee jobs. A coffee ‘expert’ in every sense of the word.
- Once Macguyvered his own bean roaster using a bread maker (a “corretto” for those in the know)
- Believer in the oat milk revolution
As a barista trying to break into roasting, Nawar struggled to get a foot in the door. Advice was hard to come by and setting up a small roastery would’ve set him back six figures—so he set out to change that.
- History buff
- Rocks out to Power Metal
We’re always on the lookout for people.
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