Meet the team

White Whale Coffee Roasters Stephen

Name: Stephen
Position: Co-owner
About: A craftsman at heart, founder & co-owner Stephen carved out a career as a carpenter in his 20s before discovering the art of coffee roasting in his 30s. In 2010, along with his wife Ali, he founded Cairns’ first specialty coffee roaster and has nurtured the specialty coffee industry in North QLD ever since. Steve now enjoys mentoring up-and-coming roasters, assisting café owners perfect their fit-outs, and dedicating time to personal projects on the horizon. 
Favourite White Whale blend: Carpenter's
Drinks: Filter or Flat White



White Whale Coffee Roasters Ali

Name: Ali
Position: Co-owner

About: Post Global Financial Crisis was the the perfect time for Ali to throw in her dream government job as an Environmental Protection Officer to co-found a coffee business - really?! While some called her mad, Ali isn’t one to shy away from a challenge and is our resident risk taker, pushing White Whale to the very best it can be. With several stints running the business from afar in NZ, Ali has recently made Cairns home again with husband Stephen and son Lewis. The coffee industry has fulfilled the opportunity for Ali to practice some of her philanthropic ideals by establishing a corporate sponsorship with the Reef Restoration Foundation & providing employment pathways for youth.
Favourite White Whale blend: Twenty Ten 
Drinks: Flat White

 

White Whale Coffee Roasters BridgetName: Bridget

Position: Barista
About: Originally from Austin, Texas, Bridget arrived in Australia and immediately fell in love with Melbourne’s coffee scene - but not its cold weather. Searching for warmer climes, she found her way 3000km north to White Whale where her love of coffee and passion for sustainability came together. You can often find her cruising around town with her cat and two dogs in an old ’86 Land Rover.
Favourite White Whale blend: Beach House
Drinks: Soy Piccolo

 

 

White Whale Coffee Roasters Chloe

Name: Chloe 
Position: Barista, Trainer, & Roasting Assistant
About: A syrupy fruit bomb in the form of an Ethiopian espresso was what made Chloe realise that not all coffee tasted the same. Five years on, she continues exploring the boundaries of coffee science, and has since trained countless of aspiring baristas to achieve their “ah-ha” moment in coffee. Fusing her worlds of coffee and instructing Yoga, Chloe keeps it Zen whether on bar slinging espressos, roasting bulk coffee, or competing in ASCA events.
Favourite White Whale blend: Carpenter's
Drinks: Batch brew

 

 

White Whale Coffee Roasters Chrissie

Name: Chrissie
Position: Roaster & Barista Trainer 
About: A coffee professional with a thirst to learn as much as she possibly can about the coffee industry. After years of pumping out high quality coffee in busy espresso bars as a barista, Chrissie is now roasting - something she finds both challenging and exciting. You will often find her in deep conversation with fellow roasters (seriously, don’t get her started on the Maillard Reaction) or waxing lyrical about how incredible the coffee she is drinking. 
Favourite White Whale blend: Twenty Ten - Chocolate, malt and a little burst of flavour from the Natural Ethiopian...YUM! 
Drinks: Too hard to choose just one!

 

 

White Whale Coffee Roasters Heru

Name: Heru
Position: Barista 
About: Our gun barista from Indonesia, Heru is a self-labelled ‘maniac’ when it comes to espresso. Behind an espresso machine, pumping out coffee is Heru’s happy place where he loves engaging with customers, chatting through the blends and taking customers on a taste journey. Heru’s second love is Manchester United and he hopes make a pilgrimage to Old Trafford - one day.
Favourite White Whale blend: Carpenter's
Drinks: Batch Brew

 

 

White Whale Coffee Roasters HollieName: Hollie

Position: Barista/all-rounder
About: An original member of the White Whale crew, Hollie loves the fast-paced energy of the busy Espresso Bar. Hollie’s passion is in preparing, pouring and serving delicious, quality coffee, putting smile on the faces of all our White Whale customers.
Favourite White Whale blend: Stone Hammer
Drinks: Espresso/piccolo/V60

 

 

White Whale Coffee Roasters Jack

Name: Jack
Position: Trainee
About: “It was an honest-to-god sweet moment of peace and tranquillity“ is how Jack described his first White Whale coffee. The latest character to join the White whale team, Jack is now hooked on the idea of creating the perfect coffee… something he will no doubt achieve as he is mentored though his traineeship. When not at the roastery, Jack can be found engrossed in a good book.
Favourite White Whale blend: Decaf
Drinks: Mocha

 

 

White Whale Coffee Roasters Karlie

Name: Karlie
Position: Barista
About: Personality. A single word bio is possible for Karlie but that wasn’t the brief! When you visit White Whale, Karlie is the friendly face greeting you from behind the register. With over 20 years experience in hospitality, Karlie’s purpose is to establish a great relationship between the customer and the company by offering a genuine hospitality experience.
Favourite White Whale blend: Beach House
Drinks: Piccolo latte