Ma­halia Layzell

The Advertiser - SA Weekend - - FOOD & WINE -

Ma­halia Layzell has just in­vested in a larger, more so­phis­ti­cated roast­ing ma­chine to keep up with de­mand for her award-win­ning Ma­halia Cof­fee from the Lime­stone Coast.

“The new tech­nol­ogy is fab­u­lous. For me it’s like go­ing from a BMW 3 se­ries to a 7 se­ries!” Ma­halia says. “I’m ex­cited about where I can take my craft in the future now.”

The boutique com­pany was founded in 1999 by Ma­halia and her hus­band, Paul Layzell, and has grown in size and rep­u­ta­tion.

Ma­halia em­ploys 13 peo­ple and sup­plies more than 200 out­lets around Aus­tralia from its fac­tory in Robe.

Ma­halia cof­fee re­cently won four medals at the Royal Ho­bart Fine Food Awards. Blend No 4, Blend No 2 and De­caf­feinated won sil­ver while its Fair Trade Or­ganic Ethiopian Har­rar and Fair Trade Or­ganic Su­ma­tra won bronze.

Ma­halia and Paul, both trained chefs, say they’re always striv­ing to do bet­ter. “Cof­fee is a fast-paced in­dus­try. You must re­lent­lessly im­prove your game oth­er­wise the com­pe­ti­tion will run you over.” ma­hali­a­cof­

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