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About Us

Bootleg Coffee Trader was established in 2017 as Townsville’s first eco-friendly coffee trike. The Bootleg Coffee Trike was a favorite at local markets and events, using solar power and LP Gas to deliver mobile, high quality, barista-made coffee.

Since then, Bootleg’s founder Joe, has grown the business into one of our most reliable, customer focussed coffee wholesalers in Townsville and North Queensland. Bootleg Coffee Trader provides personalised products and services including wholesale coffee, commercial coffee machines, commercial coffee grinders, commercial machine repairs and maintenance, and first-class barista training, to cafes and restaurants across Townsville and North Queensland.

With over 15 years of experience operating cafes and working within the hospitality industry, Joe understands the importance of partnering with a reputable coffee supplier and works hard every day to provide his wholesale customers with high-quality coffee and equipment, and local, hands-on, reliable, and professional services.

In 2019, Joe sold the famous eco-friendly trike and established the Bootleg Coffee Trader Espresso Bar at the Mooney St shops. The Espresso Bar serves amazing Tim Adams Speciality Coffe, a range of Tea Drop speciality teas, take away sandwiches and treats, and a Saturday morning breakfast menu including waffles, smashed avo, and bacon and egg rolls.

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Commercial espresso machines and grinders

La Marzocco Australia distributes espresso equipment and genuine parts throughout the country and have showrooms in Melbourne and Sydney. All La Marzocco machines are carefully inspected and tested upon arrival from Florence. Their experienced team have years of experience in the coffee industry and provide clients with expert advice. Additional support such as technical training and after sales are part of the La Marzocco experience. Outside their offices La Marzocco host a number of locally based events around the country to bring the coffee community to together, provide product updates and have some fun.


Reliability , design, durability and ease of use will reach a new standard of quality. All COMPAK products have met the strictest quality standards of the principle international certification laboratories for electrical security as well as sanitary standards.

Manufactured in Italy, the home of espresso, grinders and machine makers, Wega café coffee machines and Mazzer grinders offer high quality and exceptional performance. We are the Australia distributors so please feel more than welcome to shop online with us for any Wega or Mazzer machines, large and small.

Blending tradition with innovation.

Mazzer was founded in the years between the two World Wars by Luigi Mazzer (born 1912). He first founded “La Veneta”, then, back in the 40s, the production of professional coffee-grinders and grinder-dosers started: this is how this precision-mechanic workshop became a highly specialised one. The company was then given the name “Mazzer” and quickly gained a major position in the worldwide coffee-grinders and grinder-dosers production.

Since then many things have changed, but their passion for mechanical engineering and for things done to the letter stays the same, and so does our constantly seek for perfection and for the impulse to a constant improvement. Their company is headed to the future but still in deep touch with our past, a past made of values and leadership in this sector.

If you would like to find out how bootleg coffee can help increase your coffee sales, just click here.

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Wholsale Specialty Coffee

Tim Adams

Originally taking up a position in the coffee and hospitality industry by chance, Australian barista champion Tim Adams soon discovered that the humble cup of coffee was more than just a morning ritual for him; it was a passion.

Intrigued by the entire coffee journey from bean to cup, Tim set about honing his barista skills and immersing himself in all levels of the coffee-making and growing cycle.

After spending a few years in the industry, Tim’s spirited and determined nature drove him to enter a range of state, national and international barista competitions. In 2009, he claimed victory in the AustralAsian Specialty Coffee Association (AASCA) Queensland Barista Championship. Tim then went on to be crowned AASCA 2009 Australian Barista Champion, a coveted title that is recognised around the globe.

Tim has also represented Australia at the World Barista Championship in 2009 placing 13th and is widely recognised as a leader in the specialty coffee industry.

While Tim’s focus eventually moved to launching his own business and his own brand of specialty coffee, he still likes to challenge himself with the odd competition from time to time. In recent years he has reclaimed the 2010 AASCA Queensland Barista Champion title, 2012 AASCA Queensland Barista Champion title and been selected as a state finalist in ‘The Baristar’ competition held across Australia.

If you would like to find out how bootleg coffee can help increase your coffee sales, just click here.

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Barista Basic Skills

3 Hour Course

Learn everything you need to know to make great tasting coffee. The course covers all the basics including how to control the variables to achieve consistency.

Course topics:

  • Required equipment / setup
  • Grinder operation (auto and electronic models)
  • Grind setting
  • Dosing
  • Tamping
  • Milk texturing
  • Pouring techniques and execution
  • Basic latte art
  • Equipment maintenance

Barista Course Enquiries

Use this form to enquire about and book our Barista training courses.