Our Story

Discover the journey of Barking Dog Coffee, born from a humble passion for roasting quality beans in 1998. From small batches in a makeshift roaster to our current industrial roaster at Alloway Farm Market, our story is a testament to the dedication, growth, and love of coffee. Dive deeper into our story and see how passion, collaboration, and community have brewed together to create the Barking Dog Coffee you know today.

In the tranquil moments of 1998, Tom, our founder, transformed a simple rotisserie oven and a cleverly adapted tin container into the genesis of Barking Dog Coffee. More than just a coffee aficionado, Tom was a true craftsman. With the aid of a relative’s engineering prowess, he embarked on a mission to roast beans that would redefine the coffee experience.

The early days consisted of research, hands-on learning, and inevitable mistakes. But Tom wasn’t on this journey alone. Colleagues, friends, and family became the backbone of the business, offering insights, feedback, and encouragement to keep pushing boundaries. Their voices were instrumental in refining our roasting techniques, ensuring that each batch was better than the last.

As word spread and our reputation grew, influential figures in the Australian coffee scene took notice. Doors opened, opportunities arose, and Tom’s passion project quickly evolved into a serious venture. Inspired by the knowledge and expertise of seasoned baristas and roasters, Tom invested in a professional roaster, setting the stage for Barking Dog Coffee’s ascent in the specialty coffee world.

Today, we proudly roast and distribute at Alloway Farm Market. But our story doesn’t end here. In June 2023, a new chapter began. After years of working alongside Tom, absorbing his knowledge and sharing his vision, I took the reins of Barking Dog Coffee. While Tom’s formal vision may not have been etched in stone, his infectious passion and dedication set our brand on a unique path. It’s a legacy I’m honoured to continue, infusing it with fresh energy and direction.

From our modest beginnings to our current stature in the coffee industry, Barking Dog Coffee has always been about more than just beans and brews. It’s about the people who savour every sip, the communities we impact, and the timeless bond that coffee creates. Our commitment to excellence, inclusivity, and sustainability remains unwavering. As we look to the future, we invite you to be part of our ongoing story, celebrating the art, culture, and community of coffee.

In the tranquil moments of 1998, Tom, our founder, transformed a simple rotisserie oven and a cleverly adapted tin container into the genesis of Barking Dog Coffee. More than just a coffee aficionado, Tom was a true craftsman. With the aid of a relative’s engineering prowess, he embarked on a mission to roast beans that would redefine the coffee experience.

The early days consisted of research, hands-on learning, and inevitable mistakes. But Tom wasn’t on this journey alone. Colleagues, friends, and family became the backbone of the business, offering insights, feedback, and encouragement to keep pushing boundaries. Their voices were instrumental in refining our roasting techniques, ensuring that each batch was better than the last.

As word spread and our reputation grew, influential figures in the Australian coffee scene took notice. Doors opened, opportunities arose, and Tom’s passion project quickly evolved into a serious venture. Inspired by the knowledge and expertise of seasoned baristas and roasters, Tom invested in a professional roaster, setting the stage for Barking Dog Coffee’s ascent in the specialty coffee world.

Today, we proudly roast and distribute at Alloway Farm Market. But our story doesn’t end here. In June 2023, a new chapter began. After years of working alongside Tom, absorbing his knowledge and sharing his vision, I took the reins of Barking Dog Coffee. While Tom’s formal vision may not have been etched in stone, his infectious passion and dedication set our brand on a unique path. It’s a legacy I’m honoured to continue, infusing it with fresh energy and direction.

From our modest beginnings to our current stature in the coffee industry, Barking Dog Coffee has always been about more than just beans and brews. It’s about the people who savour every sip, the communities we impact, and the timeless bond that coffee creates. Our commitment to excellence, inclusivity, and sustainability remains unwavering. As we look to the future, we invite you to be part of our ongoing story, celebrating the art, culture, and community of coffee.

Our Mission

At Barking Dog Coffee, we believe that every sip should be an experience, a journey that transcends the ordinary. We’re dedicated to roasting ethically sourced, quality coffees that captivate with their rich, nuanced flavours. Our mission is simple: to craft exceptional coffee that people of all backgrounds can enjoy. As educators in the coffee realm, we aim to enlighten our customers, transforming them from casual drinkers to true coffee connoisseurs. Join us in our mission to elevate the coffee landscape, making specialty coffee accessible, enjoyable, and meaningful for everyone.

Roasting

Roasting isn’t just a process; it’s an art form. At Barking Dog Coffee, we understand that the essence of a great cup lies in the perfection of its roast. It’s not merely about achieving a specific colour but about unlocking the true potential of each bean. By meticulously controlling the Roast Development, time, temperature, and Rate of Rise (ROR), we ensure that every bean showcases the unique flavours and complexities it inherently possesses. Our roasting team, with their vast experience, is committed to honouring the individuality of each coffee bean, ensuring that its journey from the farm to your cup is nothing short of exceptional. Through continuous education and palate development, we’ve honed our craft, ensuring that every Barking Dog Coffee roast is a testament to quality, passion, and expertise.

Sourcing

The journey of Barking Dog Coffee begins long before it reaches our roastery. We proudly source our green coffee beans from Coffee and Nut Trading in Sydney, ensuring we commence the process with quality raw materials. Our current selection of beans is from renowned coffee regions in Brazil, Colombia, Ethiopia, and Guatemala. Wherever possible, we prioritise beans that are “organic” certified, reflecting our commitment to both quality and sustainability. We understand the significance of green beans in the coffee journey, and we’re uncompromising in our pursuit of excellence. By choosing beans of impeccable quality with minimal defects, we lay the foundation for a roast that promises unparalleled cup profiles and flavours. At Barking Dog Coffee, every bean has a story, and we’re dedicated to telling it in the most flavourful way possible.

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