Leading Australian specialty coffee roaster, Seven Mills is opening a new roastery and flagship Queensland headquarters in Brisbane’s soon-to-be-launched dining and lifestyle precinct, Craft’d Grounds.
Having previously operated out of Newstead, Seven Miles’ new roastery has been built with ceiling-high glass walls and an open seating plan, allowing for a more immersive and transparent experience, where customers and visitors can witness a specialty coffee roaster in action.
Seven Miles roasts coffee for over 800 cafes across the country, from its Brisbane-made roast, ‘The Cat’s Pyjamas’ to ‘Wilde & Cultivar’, as well as monthly Single Origin coffees.
Heading up the Seven Miles Craft’d Grounds operations will be Ben Graham who previously owned another Brisbane favourite, Parallel Roasters.
“Seven Miles’ has led the way in Australia and the international specialty coffee scene. Joining the Craft’d Grounds community with nine other likeminded artisan producers will be an incredibly special, collaborative experience,” Graham said.
“From the ceiling-high glass walls, open seating plan, our dedicated training spaces for masterclasses and public cuppings and barista-art competitions – it’ll be a lively, immersive, and fully transparent experience.”
On the announcement of the Craft’d Grounds tenancy, Seven Miles CEO, Jenny Willits said, “We’re passionate in our pursuit of exceptional coffee. From sourcing the finest beans, to roasting with care, every part of the process is key. The Brisbane and wider Queensland coffee scene is very close to our hearts.
“We work with over 120 local cafes and our ‘Cat’s Pyjamas’ blend was developed and launched here. We see so much alignment with the vision of the Craft’d Grounds team and other tenants, I’m excited to see how our brands can collaborate in the future.”
Craft’d Grounds co-founder James Renell spoke of the precinct’s focus on the local, artisan community.
“We want to make something completely unique and made for Brisbane. It’s about defining our own experience and supporting local artisans and those in our industry at the grassroots,” he said.
“It fits in with our ambition to create something for Brisbane that’s humble and gives an appreciation and experience of everything handcrafted, including coffee, beer, modern comfort food, all ‘Made for Brisbane’ – and importantly, a chance to slow down, discover and leave everyone who comes with a story to share.”
Craft’d Grounds, due to open in October, will also be home to craft beer brewery, Brewtide, as well as a restaurant, patisserie, fromagerie and fitness facility. The former timber mill will host a regular farmers market with capacity for live music and food events.