Our Story

Roasters With Altitude is a small boutique coffee roaster, sourcing Arabica coffee beans from the misty mountains of Timor-Leste, Ethiopia, Kenya, Columbia, Brazil, India and Papua New Guinea. We respectfully roast the beans in the Blue Mountains of Eastern Australia for the discerning coffee drinker.

Our philosophy in roasting coffee, centres around supporting the indigenous people of different counties  to preserve their sacred growing regions. While doing this, we are supporting their traditional way of life where connecting with the earth in a respectful, spiritual way is maintained, while producing quality coffee beans. As a specialised coffee roaster we promote quality over quantity.

We support farmers within the “Coffee Belt”, by actively seeking coffees ethically farmed from organic and sustainably grown crops, in developing countries. The focus of our enterprise is to support fair-trade, specialising in coffee from Timor-Leste. We deal directly with these farmers when choosing our beans. By supporting the farmers in newly developing economies, Roasters With Altitude will play a significant part in their development towards independence.

Roasters With Altitude has been established to help farmers find markets. Our profits go directly into running the Timor Learning Centre, which we built in Timor-Leste.  The Centre, includes an English school, a women’s sewing centre,  and a gymnasium.

After living and working in Timor-Leste for more than seven years, founder and director of the Timor Learning Centre, Libby Bleakley, understands that to make a project sustainable and successful in the developing world, the local community needs to be initially consulted and ultimately take responsibility and ownership of the venture. Hence six Timorese staff are now employed to facilitate the running of the Centre.

The Timor Learning Centre is about establishing strong social foundations by bringing the community together. By building respectful relationships, crime is reduced, especially violence within families and communities. The Centre supports and empowers its members to take ownership in progressing the development of their country. You can follow the Timor Learning Centre here.

Libby has now expanded her connections to include the farming community. Roasters With Altitude is proud to be partnering with coffee producers, to roast and bring quality coffee to its valued customers.

It is our aim to create an enduring connection between the growers and lovers of outstanding coffee.