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Humans of coffee: Frank Andrews

Who is Frank Andrews?

Tough question to answer without sounding pretentious.  I am driven, caring and always willing to help those who are in need.  I wear my heart on my sleeve and am extremely passionate about things that are important to me.  I am also driven to succeed and some would say a bit of a workaholic.

What is your favorite childhood memory?

My father suffers from multiple sclerosis so my favorite childhood memory goes back to a time when he was still able to walk.  Almost every Sunday we would have a picnic/BBQ with the extended family.  Running around and playing with my cousins while all of my aunties and uncles prepared lunch and watched us have fun in the sun, is a treasured memory.  Unfortunately I didn’t get to experience as many of these days as I would have liked.

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If you could have a do-over in life, what would you do differently?

I try not to look to the past and prefer to focus on the present and the future.  Obviously with the benefit of hindsight you can always look back and say you would have taken a different course of action, but the reality is at the time you did what you thought was right. So for me it’s about the future, and not the past.

What do you feel most proud of?

There are a number of things that I am proud of including the awards and accolades that I’ve achieved for my cafes and coffees, but the thing I am most proud of is that I took the plunge to leave a 20 year corporate banking career to follow my passion for coffee and create a career of it.  To be able to wake up everyday and do what you truly love is so rewarding.

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If you could keep only 3 possessions, what would they be and why?

  1. My bed – a good night’s rest is vital for me and I hate it when I sleep in a bed other than mine.
  2. Toothbrush (plus tooth paste) – a must have after a good night’s rest.
  3. My clothes – because without them it would only take a matter of time before I got arrested

What do you want your tombstone to say?

Frank by name. Frank by nature.

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What is your passion project?

My passion project is a world-first brewing method that I created the FAB (Fractional Atmospheric Brew). It replaces the traditional filter; pour over and batch brew workflow in a fraction of the time while also elevating flavour, texture and mouthfeel.  The FAB is made using a modified Sanremo Opera.

FAB disperses water to ground coffee at a fraction of atmospheric pressure. The gentle introduction of heated water allows for a unique flavour profile that continues to develop as the beverage cools.

I found that with pour over coffee methods it would often take a significant amount of time to make a beverage which is not always possible when baristas are servicing a busy cafe with lines of customers out the door waiting for their espresso based coffee.

The FAB method means that even during busy periods we can encourage our customers to enjoy unique specialty coffees from around the world. Given the ease of the process and the simple repeatability it means we can replicate a consistent flavour profile over and over again as well as providing us the ability to simply adjust the brew to meet any specific customer requests.

I want to set a new industry benchmark for flavour profile, depth of aroma and rich taste, as well as time efficiency.

What is your favorite kind of coffee?

In all honesty I don’t have a favorite origin.  I just enjoy good quality coffee no matter where it is from.  As far as favourite brew method goes, I would have to say FAB is my go-to brew method.  The ease of brewing and the complexity of aroma and flavor with the smooth and clean mouthfeel makes it extremely enjoyable.

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In which coffee shops are we likely to bump into you?

You are most likely to find me at Frankie’s Beans in Darlinghurst but when I’m not there I am usually visiting one of the cafes that I supply my roasted coffee beans to, or I’m out and about checking out any new cafes that may have opened up and managed to grab my attention.

What does a perfect day look like?

A perfect day is sleeping in then heading in to my café and enjoying a coffee and breakfast and having the time to read the newspaper, before heading off to spend the rest of the day roasting and cupping coffee.

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