#304 First cup of the day


We’re pretty proud of our coffee culture in Australia. The taste, the quality, the ritual of making it in the morning, the chemistry between caffeine and our brains. For a lot of us coffee is the perfect way to start the day – maybe even the only way to start the day.

So this week we’re travelling from the coffee plantations of Timor L’Este to the thumping psy trance of Kiwi Burn, in an episode devoted to our indulgent dependency.


‘More than a mug’ by Philippe Perez

Coffee companies based in Melbourne are consistently looking to stand out in a market swamped with all types of coffee concepts. In amongst the boutique coffee houses and hole-in-walls, come a couple of social enterprises whose aims are more than serving up mugs along with your breakfast.

Supervising producers: Allison Chan and Bec Fary
Music: ‘Soldier’s Story’ by Blanket Music and ‘Springish’ by Gillicuddy


‘Radical Self-forgiveness’ by Shaleen Chandra

A sip of coffee transports Shaleen back in time to her old life, unearthing memories of the path she took to get where she is now.

Credits: Brendan Angelo, Maddy McFarlane, Jess Fairfax, Joseph Akliu and Hannah Reich
Music: ‘Ananke (ft. Wired_Ant)’ by Javolenus, ‘What You Say’ by F Fact, and ‘Going Higher’ by Bensound.


All The Best credits:

Executive Producer: Selena Shannon

Host: Jess Hamilton

Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls

Vic State Coordinator: Bec Fary

SYN production manager: Beth Gibson

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Social Media: Louisa Thurn

Image by Flickr Creative Commons user Indi and Rani Soemardjan