Two iconic Queensland companies have joined forces in a new venture that will showcase Sunshine State produce in thousands of independent supermarkets and food outlets across the country.
Brisbane-based Merlo Coffee and highly-awarded organic dairy, Barambah Organics, have launched a quintessentially Queensland cold press iced coffee, using a specially-created blend of selected coffee and 100 per cent organic full cream milk.
Barambah Organics owner Ian Campbell, a university-qualified animal scientist and human nutritionist, said the first bottles of Cold Press Iced Coffee Powered by Merlo Coffee Roasters began running off the production line at his Darra factory last week with 20,000 bottles available nationally.
“What sets this iced coffee apart is its simplicity: it’s just coffee and organic, full fat milk.
There are no added sugars, powders, vegetable gum, cocoa or other flavours,” Mr Campbell said.
“Barambah Organics is proud to be teaming up with Merlo, another premium Queensland company, to produce the best coffee drink on the market – and one that also happens to be good for you.”
Mr Merlo, who started building his coffee empire in Brisbane in 1992, said the partnership between Merlo Coffee and Barambah Organics was a natural fit.
“We believe Merlo beans make the best coffee and Barambah Organics won the title of 2019 Dairy Australia Champion so it’s a perfect blend of two premium products,” Mr Merlo said.
“The coffee being used in the new iced coffee is a specially-made blend of five origins from three different continents and has a real kick.
“It is cold-dripped for 22 hours to create a smooth, rich flavour and then blended with organic, full cream milk that has a natural sweetness. It’s the same as a barista-made latte.”
Mr Merlo said all 15 Merlo cafes throughout Queensland as well as Merlo’s Melbourne store would stock the new iced coffee and it would also be available to the 1500 cafes and restaurants across the country that use Merlo coffee.
Barambah Organics dietitian Alex Robinson said the new Cold Press Iced Coffee Powered by Merlo Coffee Roasters was one of the lowest calorie iced coffee options on the market.
“There’s only 185 calories in a 375ml bottle of our cold press iced coffee which is a great deal less than other iced coffees which often use flavourings, additives and sugars,” she said.
“Having no added sugar really sets this product apart from other iced coffees on the market.”
Cold Press Iced Coffee Powered by Merlo Coffee Roasters will also be available to more than 800 IGA, Foodworks and other independent supermarkets, grocers, organic markets and food stores that stock Barambah products.