Welcome to White Whale Coffee Roasters

We roast specialty fairly-traded coffee in small batches and sell espresso from a warehouse located in Portsmith, 3 minutes drive from the Cairns CBD.  We specialise in supply of coffee beans for home and business, such as cafes, restaurants & offices.  There are no big egos here, just a group of people who love coffee, learning about coffee and serving it with some sparkle. 

Seasonally select the best green coffee from the best growing regions in the world, producing the highest quality roasted coffee that is honest, refined & distinctive.

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About our coffee

Our core principles focus on quality, appreciation and understanding of the beans we purchase, roast and serve; meaning our coffee is honest, refined and distinctive – you can taste the love! 

We offer a range of carefully blended & single origin coffee beans. As with any good coffee roaster, we purchase green beans seasonally meaning blends change slightly, single origins are here and then gone & from time to time a bean or blend is unavailable. This is a good thing.

We love what we do and happily share it with you. We believe there are no secrets in coffee and knowledge is power – power for positive change. We ask you to test our knowledge, make us grow & make us better; all for the benefit for specialty coffee. 

If you would like to discuss having our coffee in your cafe or business please contact David on 0459647273 or email.

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A little bit more about us

Our story started in 2010, as a carpenter (Steve) & environmental scientist (Ali) living in Cairns.  We both had good careers and employment opportunities, however, business ownership and being in control of our future was really where we wanted to be. So one day Ali quit her government job and set about looking for business opportunities. For the next 6 months we set about liquidating our "investment" property and anything else we could turn into cash.  We knew that banks wouldn't lean us the cash to what we planned so if had to be self-funded.  We looked at lots of different business and nearly purchased a stock feed business, before settling on starting our own coffee roasting business. It was a little scary putting literally everything we owned into starting a business model not yet proven in tropics and post the GFC.  Ali used to joke that if it all went wrong, at least the bank couldn't take our house, as we didn't own one.   

We had a vision to enhance the local coffee culture.  We couldn't understand why Cairns didn't have an awesome cafe and coffee culture like other cities. It was one thing we really felt like Cairns was missing.  We purchased 1988 LN-series Probat from Echuca, Victoria and imported the Cairns' first La Marazocco  from the US; a 4 group FB80 at that.  We were planning on being busy, which is quite hilarious, if you know Cairns, because we set up in a small industrial warehouse on Scott Street, a long way from a single tourist or glimpse of the Great Barrier Reef.  Nevertheless, we poured our hearts into ever cup & steadily grew a loyal coffee community. Our customers were mainly locals, a lot with businesses of their own and serving them the very best coffee in Cairns was such a pleasure. 

A humble warehouse in Bungalow, turned into second larger warehouse in the neighboring suburb of Portsmith.  Then the birth of our son Lewis 2013 saw us move to New Zealand for some much-needed family time (Ali is the Kiwi and Steve hails from Terang in Victoria).  But we couldn't sit still and took on more cafe and roasting projects in Mapua, New Zealand, while also managing the Cairns-based operations from afar.  

New Zealand was great and we earned some more business stripes, but there was a pull back to Cairns, to continue what we started, to roast and serve the very best coffee in Cairns, however, we felt compelled to do more; more for our community, environment & magnificent region. As a result, we re-branded our business at the beginning of 2019 to White Whale Coffee Roasters (formally Industry One Coffee) and have teamed up with Reef Restoration Foundation, to assist them establish more ocean based coral nurseries to help regenerate damaged coral reefs on our Great Barrier Reef.  

Roz Pulley from the Cairns Post did the impossible task of putting our first 10 years in business into a concise and methodological article, which was in complete contrast to how is actually happened - you can read her words by clicking here Cairns Post article.
Our promise is to supply specialty coffee, that does good.

Ali, Steve & Lewis | Co-founders

Our ethical values

White Whale Coffee Roasters supports all initiatives that work towards a fair and equitable exchange between coffee seller & coffee buyer.  We are humbled by the commitment & work carried out by coffee farmers all over the world, who bring us truly amazing coffees each and every year.

We take great pride in knowing the coffees we purchase, all of the highest quality, has been fairly traded & the coffee farmer has been rewarded for an outstanding product. We believe the growth of the micro-roasting movement has been monumental in bringing about positive change in the green coffee market and in turn positively impacting the lives of coffee farmers.  We urge you to buy "specialty" coffee from a local roaster and you can be sure your purchase is making a difference to lives near and far.

Our long term goal is to establish our own close to home (i.e. PNG & Sumatra), direct-trade relationships with coffee framers to ensure the best possible returns for their produce.  

If you own a coffee farm and want to talk about direct trade, we would love to here from you.  Please email us here.

Our Roastery & Espresso Bar

2/4-16 Tingira St, Cairns, Australia 

Monday - Friday | 6 AM - 2 PM
Saturday & Sunday | closed

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