Ask Daniel White, barista and roaster behind the Artisan’s Blend brand, where his love affair with coffee began and he starts by saying “eight years ago”. On reflection, his passion for coffee started much earlier in life. “I remember when I was about 8 years old my Nonna and Nonno would have a Macchinetta every morning,” he recalls. “As soon as I heard the grinder – and that smell – I was hooked. “They told me I couldn’t drink coffee until I was 13 but as soon as I did, I loved it from the very first sip!”
At age 20, Daniel started working at Coffee Craft and soon learned how to roast, picking up a few medals along the way. However, he says it was when he started working with well-known Adelaide chef Salvatore Pepe that he felt the confidence to invest in a roaster of his own. With Pepe’s encouragement and his restaurant as a regular customer, Daniel created Artisan’s Blend, a hand-crafted product that won him five medals at the Australia/New Zealand Golden Bean competition recently.