West Australian barista Ellen Taylor, from Shingle Inn Belmont Form, has been chosen as the national café chain’s best barista after she made her four best espressos, four best flat whites and her Signature Drinks for a panel of coffee judges at the finals held last week in Brisbane.

Ellen, who is from Belmont, won last year’s ‘Rising Star’ barista award in the same competition and the judges were thrilled to see her back with increased passion and enthusiasm.

Judges said it was Ellen’s signature drink that helped her take out the competition.

Her unique creation was called “Spice Up Your Ice” and was a sparkling creation of chili infused espresso, house made orange syrup, chilled soda water and a dollop of creamy vanilla ice cream, garnished with a slice of orange peel. Ellen says it is enjoyed first by sipping and then swirling in the icecream.

“On a good day, without the crushing pressure of expert judges intensely watching, tasting and judging my barista skills, the ideal coffees I produce are well textured from fresh milk, the espresso pour closely monitored, and the art fun. Honestly I find that when I’m having a great day, and I’m enjoying making coffee, that’s when the flavour and appearance are best,” Ellen said.

Her favourite coffee to drink is a latte and her favourite coffee to make for customers is a flat white.




Brisbane’s oldest and most loved café – the Shingle Inn – has put together its team of best baristas to battle for the title of Australia’s best coffee chain at the 2016 DaVinci Gourmet Coffee Chain Challenge on Thursday 24 November in Sydney.

The event will see 10 of the nation’s top coffee chains compete to see who will emerge as the 2016 DaVinci Gourmet Coffee Chain Champion.

Shingle Inn’s top baristas from all over Australia have been selected to compete:
· Nataliah Emmily Royan from Shingle Inn Bulimba, who recently won Shingle Inn’s Latte Art competition
· Amy Telfer, from Shingle Inn North Lakes, who was the runner up in Shingle Inn 2015 Barista of the Year
· Ellen Taylor, from Shingle Inn Belmont Forum, WA, who was awarded the 2016 “star to watch” – awarded by Grinders Coffee in Shingle Inn’s national Barista of the Year competition
· Tiffany Race, who is one of Shingle Inn’s Area Managers and is as passionate about coffee as her front-line team mates.
Fellow Brisbane barista Amy Telfer sums up the team’s passion for making coffee, explaining: “If you are passionate about every coffee you make, customers will know they’re getting your best every time.”

The 2016 DaVinci Gourmet Coffee Chain Challenge will take place on Thursday 24 November from 12pm-6pm at Stockland Wetherill Park in Sydney.


Born in the Autumn of 1936, in the midst of the Great Depression, Shingle Inn is more than just a business; it is a fascinating part of Brisbane’s history with a unique story to share.

From the humble beginnings of one store that stood alone for 66 years has grown a franchise network of 53 cafes throughout Australia in Queensland, New South Wales, ACT, Victoria and WA.

The iconic Shingle Inn has a place in the heart of many people who grew up and live in Brisbane and many of the decadent, delicious products which have been devoured by so many over the decades – are still produced today, from scratch, by the Shingle Inn bakery located at Capalaba.

On 3 August 2002, the Bellchambers family were forced to close the doors on the beloved Shingle Inn on Edward St due to redevelopment. The city of Brisbane was devastated, so the decision was made to keep the iconic interior in storage until the beloved cafe could be reopened. In a painstaking effort, every detail of the cafe fit-out was catalogued and photographed so when the time came to put the pieces back together, it was possible.

On June 4 2010, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed, gifting the original store fit-out to the people of Brisbane, to be restored within another Brisbane icon, City Hall, allowing future generation to experience the history and grandeur of Shingle Inn.

Original components of the salvaged Shingle Inn featured at Brisbane City Hall include: booth tables and seating; timber veneer wall panelling; Shingle cladding and leadlight windows – where the Shingle Inn got its name from; the mock Tudor timberwork, including decorated timber ceiling beams and half timbering to walls; refurbished wall and ceiling mounted light fittings.


Two of Qld’s most loved authors – Rebecca Sparrow and Frances Whiting – will be the special guests at Brisbane’s most loved café when the Shingle Inn City Hall hosts the inaugural “Inn Book Lovers’ High Tea” on Sunday 23 October from 11.30am – 1pm.

Guests can discuss “what you are reading” and enjoy a decadent, fun High Tea full of the creation of wonderful memories for which Shingle Inn has been famous for over the last 80 years! Proceeds from the event will be donated to the The Pyjama Foundation to help their work in sending “reading angels” into the homes of foster kids.

DATE: Sunday 23 October 2016
TIME: 11.30am – 1pm
LOCATION: Shingle Inn City Hall
COST: $70 per person
TO BOOK: Call 3210 2904

Guests will enjoy a decadent High Tea served with a glass of Australian sparkling wine and a selection of the ribbon sandwiches – Tasmanian smoked salmon, rocket, fried caper; free range egg, mayonnaise, snow pea sprouts; leg ham with seeded mustard cucumber; cream cheese, dill & chive; chicken, walnut, apple, celery and tarragon mayonnaise; camembert, pistachio, fig & ginger confit along with a freshly baked traditional plain scone with clotted cream and preserve; selection of decadent petite cakes and sweets and a choice of the extensive range of international teas or your choice of coffee.

Award Winning Coffee the Latest Accolade for Mt Ommaney

Shingle Inn Mt Ommaney franchisee, Nicki Nesbitt, received Shingle Inn’s highest coffee accolade recently in a hotly contested barista competition against franchisees and store managers representing each of Shingle Inn’s 40 nation-wide stores.

The barista competition win was hot on the heels of Shingle Inn Mt Ommaney being named as the Franchise Council of Australia’s QLD/ NT Franchisee of the Year (2 or more staff) and comes just before this month’s announcement of the national award winner which Nicki sees as a good omen.

“We were totally amazed to have been nominated as the Queensland/ Northern Territory Franchisee of the Year for the second year in a row so I’m secretly hoping that the coffee competition win is the sign of more awards heading our way,” says Nicki with a grin.

Nicki and her co-owners, husband Wiesiek Lewandowski, and their best friends April and Tony Carnie, will head to Sydney ahead of the announcement of the national award winner at the FCA’s Gala Dinner on Tuesday 28 October. As part of their Queensland win, Nicki and April receive flights, accommodation and tickets to the event and will be joined by their husbands and a team from Shingle Inn’s head office.

“We thought it would be a nice opportunity to have a short break together too.”

“The best part about winning both these awards is the response we get from our customers, some of whom have brought us cards and gifts of congratulations,” says Nicki. “Part of the rewards of owning our own business is the relationships we’ve been able to build with our customers over the past, almost, five years. They’re a special part of our lives. We really hope we can win it for them,” says Nicki.