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The Online "and only online" Store for Quists Coffee !

If you can tell the difference between freshly roasted beans versus overseas imports - or would like to - then you have come to the right place.


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Quists Reviews

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About Quists Coffee

Established in 1938 as Melbourne first coffee roaster; Quists has been delivering Australian roasted coffee using European expertise ever since!

Quists Coffee was established in 1938 as Melbourne's first coffee roaster.

For over 65 years, Quists has developed a reputation for coffee quality and consistency.

Guided by a heritate of European expertise, Quists coffee is roasted from carefully selected green beans and an intricate blending of those beans to produce a distinctive range of coffees to cater for all tastes.

With state-of-the-art production plant, all roasting is controlled to achieve a consistent, quality product.

Quists offers personalised service to all customers and is considered an exclusive supplier of premium coffee

Quists Coffee is the proud recipient of three Lord Mayor's Small Business Proprietor Commendations in 2007. The purpose of the Lord Mayor's Small Business Proprietor Commendations is to recognise and acknowledge the long term commitment of independent small business proprietors, particularly those who have significantly contributed to the prosperity and vitality of Melbourne. Quists Coffee were awarded with Gold, Silver and Bronze Commendations.

Quists were the first to introduce decaffeinated coffee to Melbourne over 25 years ago. The utilisation of the Swiss Water (R) process is a taste-driven and chemical free decaffeination process delivering coffee that is 99.9% caffeine-free while protecting the unique original character and flavour.


History of Quists Coffee

Quists Coffee was established in 1938 as Melbourne’s first coffee roaster. A Danish gentleman by the name of Mr Quist started the company to service the coffee needs of an ever increasing European migrant community. Quists operated from the retail shop at 166 Little Collins Street where the coffee was also roasted on the premises.

Mr Quist, an elderly gentleman, eventually became too ill to operate the business and a trio of investors were located with the assistance of the Danish Consulate to take over the business. One of the trio, Mr C.J. Matthes, operated the business and eventually bought out his silent partners. In 1958 his son joined him in the business and they incorporated the company.

In 1960, Georges purchased the Little Collins Street building and planned to establish their hostess store. Quists had been advised that they may need to vacate due to this expansion by Georges. A factory was established in Little Latrobe Street from where the coffee was roasted and an additional shop was opened in Flinders Lane behind the Regent Theatre. Also in 1960, a new European immigrant, Fritz Niesen, was employed to roast the coffee and assist with the growing demands of the business. The forseen expansion of Georges in Little Collins Street had occurred however Quists were invited to remain in the building. Quists now operated two retail shops and the factory.

In December 1972, the roasting facility was transferred to a warehouse in Clifton Hill and the factory in Little Latrobe Street was sold.

When the new City Square project was developed in early 1972, the store in Flinders Lane needed to be vacated and a new shop was opened in the Hub Arcade. This shop not only sold coffee beans but also included a coffee bar where customers could enjoy a cup of coffee with a complimentary home-baked biscuit. At the time, this was a first for Melbourne as there were few places where people could drink a cup of coffee without accompanying food. The Hub Arcade store became very busy, very quickly with a huge lunch time crowd standing 6 deep at the counter.

The success of the Hub Arcade store instigated the opening of a third store in the newly completed and renovated City Square complex in 1979. The shop operated satisfactorily however due to the general failure of the City Square complex itself, the shop was eventually closed as was the entire City Square complex.

The success of the Hub Arcade store continued for many years until many cafes began to appear in Melbourne and there were alternatives for people just wanting a cup of coffee. During this period the Little Collins Street store was still thriving as a place to purchase freshly roasted coffee beans and had a strong, loyal clientele.

Fritz Niesen had been buying into the company over the years and in 1984 bought the remainder of the company outright. His daughter, Doris, had been working for Quists on a casual basis since 1976 and in 1989, Fritz’s son-in-law, Jim Baruta started working at Quists to roast the coffee and assist with the further growing demands of the business.

The Hub Arcade store was eventually sold as a franchise in 1990 and continued to operate as a Quists Coffee Shop until mid-2003 when it was sold to an outside business.

In 1994, Georges sold their Little Collins Street store and the building was developed into residential apartments and ground floor shops. Quists were allowed to remain during the development and a temporary shop was established adjacent to the original for the term of the project. In August 1995, Quists moved back next door to their newly renovated and modernised shop. This shop was purchased by Fritz Niesen and Quists continue to trade successfully in their original location.

Due to the ever increasing change in real estate in Clifton Hill from industry to residential, in mid-2003 Quists relocated its factory from the warehouse in Clifton Hill to a new premise in Research. The new warehouse was custom built by Fritz Niesen and Jim Baruta and a new coffee roasting plant was imported from Italy and installed and all other equipment modernised. The plant services the original store in Little Collins Street as well as wholesale customers.

Quists Coffee has been operated by the same family for over 45 years.



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