Where coffee passion meets punk…

Wood & Co Coffee Roasters


Standing out in Melbourne’s competitive specialty coffee market is no small feat these days. With new roasters popping up regularly, there’s a lot of competition to make coffee that’s not only good, but that blows you away - in terms of origin, design and of course taste.

Boasting one of the most stylish aesthetics we’ve ever seen, get ready to be blown away by Wood & Co. Established in 2015 by owner Aaron Wood, the roastery is fast developing a cult following in Melbourne’s inner-North and beyond, featuring in countless venues like Kines, Mile End, Archie’s, Sookie LaLa, Burnside and Premises.

Aaron is a Kiwi-turned-Melbournian who grew up playing in punk bands. After scoring his first job in dispatch at Atomic Coffee Roasters in Auckland, New Zealand, he soon rose through the ranks to become Atomic’s Head Roaster. Cut to a few years later, and Aaron moved to Australia to work for Melbourne’s iconic Seven Seeds Coffee, where he honed his skills in green selection, QC and roasting.

But the story doesn’t end there. Drawing on his years of coffee expertise, Wood & Co is Aaron’s latest creative venture. Heavily inspired by his years as a touring punk musician, Wood & Co has a low key vibe, while never compromising on quality.

“We're a family business dedicated to sourcing and roasting quality coffee. We showcase the coffees we purchase and don’t showcase ourselves. That’s why each coffee has a unique label, but our name remains plain black and white,” explains Aaron.

This striking, skater-esq artwork is thanks to local designer Ed Davis, who melds pop culture with inspiration from origin. The result is some very exciting packaging: one of our favourites being “Twin Peaks”, a blend dedicated to the cult TV series.

For this month’s espresso lovers we have the Fruit Cake Blend; a sweet, balanced blend of washed Kenyan and natural Ethiopian coffees, featuring notes of cherry, chocolate and toffee. As the name suggests, the Fruit Cake was developed for special occasions, like Christmas, Easter… or even a 3000 Thieves feature! 

If you’re brewing the Fruit Cake on a commercial espresso machine, try the following recipe: 20g dose, 45ml yield and 93°C water temperature over 25 seconds.

For the filter fans, Wood & Co have delivered the gorgeous Gichathaini. The Gichathaini wet mill is one of three washing stations that make up the Gikanda Farmers Cooperative Society in the Mathira West District of Kenya's Nyeri region. This coffee features stunning notes of lush apricot, caramel and Ribena.

With some very special micro lots coming later this year (including two Colombian geishas and four washing station lots from Kenya that we’re very excited about), Wood & Co will continue to find and source the best green coffee from around the globe. 

We have no doubt that you’ll be as blown away by Wood & Co as we are. This roaster is definitely one for EVERY serious coffee lover to watch.

Visit Wood & Co: 11 Hope St, Brunswick VIC 3056, Australia

Instagram: @woodandcocoffee

Check out their latest coffee offerings and some incredible, band-worthy merch in their online store: woodandcocoffee.com.au

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Take a Journey with Wide Open Road Coffee

Wide Open Road Coffee

Bathysphere: Espresso Blend
Moon Pix: Filter Blend

A coffee journey like no other...

Here at Three Thousand Thieves, we’re always on a mission to experience the most delicious flavours Melbourne can offer. We travel near and far to source the best beans, then bring you along on the flavour voyage with us. And of all the roasters we’ve ever featured, no other aligns quite as perfectly with our coffee philosophy as Wide Open Road. Their offering this month, curated by Director of Coffee Dylan Hewitt, is guaranteed to take 3tt members on a journey that’s out of this world.

Teaming up with in-house artist Adam Parata (Instagram @adamparata), Wide Open Road’s coffee range will take you to another world: somewhere faraway, where you can leave your troubles behind for adventure, exploration, and a damn fine cup of coffee. 

First off, we’re oh-so excited to be featuring their brand-spanking-new filter blend, the Moon Pix. Affectionately named after Cat Power’s influential album, the dreamy, space-inspired packaging will make you want to wish upon a star. Whether you're using a manual pour-over such as a V60, an automatic batch brewer, AeroPress or just your trusty sharehouse plunger, the Moon Pix is designed to be consistently well-balanced, sweet and vibrant. “With the rise of batch brewers at home as well as in cafés, we felt the demand for a filter option that brews consistently, without the need to constantly change a lot of variables,” says Dylan. Made up of mouthwatering washed Nicaragua Selva Negra and washed Burundi Ngozi, the Moon Pix delivers a balance of sweetness, body and vibrant acidity. It’s a stunner no matter which filter style you choose. 

For the espresso lovers, Wide Open Road are featuring a classic: the Bathysphere Blend. Made up of beans from Brazil, Colombia, Ethiopia and Kenya, you can expect a big, bold body bursting with caramel and dark chocolate sweetness and a soft, fruity finish. This little beauty is particularly well-balanced, both shining in milk and when served black. The artwork for the Bathysphere reflects its name and profile: a deep-sea observer, lowered by cable from a ship... this is a coffee that dives into new and uncharted depths of flavour. 

When brewed on a La Marzocco Linea Classic, Dylan recommends the following recipe for the Bathysphere, as a starting point: 94°C water temperature, 8 bar pressure, 21g dose, and 40g yield over 28 seconds. 

And it’s not just at home that you can experience Wide Open Road’s delicious coffee: in addition to their iconic flagship café and roastery in Brunswick, they also boast gorgeous venues in Carlton (Heartattack and Vine), Collingwood (Terror Twillight), and even Castlemaine (Theatre Royal and Bistro Lola).

So sit back and enjoy this month’s mouthwatering coffees, as we take you on a journey: one that transports you to another world, where all you have to worry about is exploring new and excitingly dreamy flavours.

Check out Wide Open Road’s Instagram: @wideopenroadcoffeeroasters

Or visit their café/ roastery:
274 Barkly Street, Brunswick VIC 3056


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Take a Vacation from the usual grind

Single origin filter: Guatemala Waykan
Single origin espresso: Colombia Gran Galope El Tambo


December is always a rush to the finish line. There’s always around 30 Christmas parties you need to attend, all your work demands have a cutoff time, and in between it all you’re needing to find and buy thoughtful gifts for family and friends. Then Christmas comes around, you stuff yourself silly, and laze about killing the time between Boxing Day and New Year’s Eve. 

Then, come January, the fun begins. The sun turns up, the chill-out is on full, and you live in the same get-up everyday, while sipping on coconuts. This is the essence of vacation time; the magic of warm sun, good food, and the forgetfulness of daily life in the grind. 

This is the magic of Vacation. A small cafe that delivers big on holiday good times. Coffee is on point, curated and self-roasted at the exclusive Bureaux Collective. Food is superbly simple, reminding you that the simple things in life make you happiest. And the sun, oh the sun! Vacation have managed a way to capture the Earth’s light source and direct it right into their beautiful storefront on Flinders St in Melbourne. It has a way of transporting you to a warmer place instantly, even in Melbourne’s famously erratic weather. 

Owners are brothers Kael and Matt Sahely, plus Jimmy Tjoeng and Julian Bedford. Vacation is on the ground floor of a historic building on the corner of Flinders and Exhibition Streets delivering this holiday experience 7 days a week. And we have to say, it's damn impressive. 

“A lot of these smaller places in the city have low, dark ceilings, they’re all at the base of buildings, so generally the ceiling height is no more than three metres,” Julian says. “We have eight metres and it’s almost always sunny – it’s a nice feeling.” An oasis in the heart of the city.

“The idea of Vacation is just a bit of fun,” says Kael, while passing over their signature cold brew grapefruit beverage. “We play with flavours, and really just want to show you that good coffee can really be an instant vacation on its own”. 

The guys didn’t hold back on the flavours and experience for these beans you’re tasting today either. These flavours will have you back on holidays eating fruit from trees in between fresh ocean swims. For the Guatemalan Waykan filter, we’re getting big pineapple blasts with little blueberries on top: the perfect summer dessert. The Vacation single origin espresso also delivers on the fruits, sticky with cherries and plums that continue the fruit party from morning till night. Close your eyes, go to your happy place. 

By the time you’re reading this, your vacation may already be over: you’re back on the emails, checking the gram and thinking about your next long-weekend break. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Remember the spirit of vacation time: warm sun, good food, and the forgetfulness of the everyday. 

Book yourself a vacation and head down to see the boys:
1 Exhibition St, Melbourne, 3000

Or get the holiday inspo on Instagram @its.a.vacation.