About us

Delicious, high quality coffee is our sole focus. All our purchasing decisions are based around the selection of coffees that we love and find delicious, and that we’re excited to share. We work with dedicated and progressive producers, who care as much as we do about quality, and who produce exceptional coffees.

We’re very proud of the relationships we’ve developed at origin, and we feel lucky to have worked with many of the same producers since 2008. Investing in these relationships has allowed us to increase quality potential, and enabled our producing partners to grow sustainably and continue to invest in improving quality. Visiting these producers every year enables us to understand the complexities and local challenges they face, and to find creative and meaningful ways to support them.

We care a lot about supporting our customers – big and small – to help them grow, succeed and prosper. We love being part of a customer’s journey by providing the highest quality green beans and support along the way. Nothing makes us happier than seeing a customer get excited about our coffee offerings, and fall in love with the coffees they’re roasting. We strive to build open and honest relationships with our customers, and to provide exceptional service and support.

Ultimately, it’s our relationships, both locally and globally, that bring true meaning to what we do. We feel so lucky to be part of a vibrant and passionate coffee community, and we want to contribute to it in the most positive way we can.

We add value and insight by providing as much traceability as possible on every single coffee we purchase. Wherever we can, we visit each of the producers we work with and develop long-term relationships with them. We share information with our customers about where our beans come from, how they are harvested and processed, and the backgrounds and stories of the people that grow them. We take our role as a link-builder between producers and purveyors seriously. We want to help our customers learn about our coffees and share these stories with their customers, to get everyone as excited about these coffees as we are.

We believe everyone in the coffee chain can and should prosper, and that a focus on transparency and a commitment to paying premiums back to the producer is the best way to ensure a sustainable and viable future for coffee farming. We pay premium prices to producers in exchange for their best beans, with amounts that are substantially above the commercial commodity price and the fair trade price for generic or bulk coffee.

By providing customers with an exceptional range of high quality, traceable coffees, and by investing heavily in education (both at the industry and consumer level), we hope to ignite positive change in the industry, and to continue to redefine what coffee is and can be, both in Australia and globally.

Melbourne Coffee Merchants & Market Lane Coffee

Melbourne Coffee Merchants (MCM) and Market Lane Coffee are sister companies. While they have the same founding principles – of traceability, transparency, seasonality, quality and sustainability – they operate independently. Melbourne Coffee Merchants came first, and was founded by Fleur Studd and her dad, Will Studd. MCM was the first importer to bring high quality, fresh crop, specialty-grade green coffee into Australia.

One year after setting up MCM, Fleur co-founded Market Lane Coffee – a roaster and retailer – with coffee expert Jason Scheltus. This provided the opportunity to educate consumers about coffee, helping to agitate Australia’s established coffee culture and redefine what coffee is and can be.

Today, Melbourne Coffee Merchants supplies green coffee to Market Lane. While the businesses operate fully independently of each other, and Market Lane is a customer of MCM, there are crossovers between the two entities. This provides added value to the MCM model and, ultimately, to our MCM customers. These crossovers are as follows:

  • Melbourne Coffee Merchants has access to an extended team of experienced coffee professionals, who are an active part of the MCM and Market Lane Quality Control programs and help to critically evaluate the coffees we source. This provides MCM with a rich and varied resource of trained palates and perspectives to help us refine our product. It also makes our sourcing model more sustainable as each member of the team is responsible for nurturing and looking after one particular origin.
  • We get immediate, first-hand knowledge of how coffees taste – not only on the cupping table, but also as a blend component or filter offering in a retail context. We then gain insight into how to best roast them, what their potential is and how they taste over time. These insights are then shared with both the coffee producers and our MCM customers.
  • We understand and experience the challenges of running a roastery, and this teaches us how to best support our roasting customers. We aim to be as open and transparent as possible, and we love to share our accumulated knowledge and information with our MCM clients.

We believe that the relationship between these two independently run businesses places us perfectly to source, evaluate, experience and share our coffees, with a full understanding of how every coffee works in both a wholesale and retail context. Ultimately, the two businesses are committed to improving the quality of coffee and coffee education in Australia, helping to educate the consumer and industry alike, and driving demand at both ends of the market.

Meet The Team

  • FLEUR STUDD
    Founder and Director

    Fleur fell in love with coffee while living and working in London. She returned to Australia to establish Melbourne Coffee Merchants in 2008, becoming the first importer to focus on sourcing specialty-grade coffee for the Australian market. Fleur spends most of her time sourcing and tasting great coffees, and communicating with customers and producers. She has an uncompromising approach to quality, and she allows the cup profile to drive her purchasing decisions.

  • MEL COOKE
    General Manager

    Melinda has a background in fine food and importing, and has worked in specialty coffee for over five years. She manages all of MCM’s operations and international and local logistics, and makes sure our coffee lands in great condition and on time. Mel also plays an active role in supporting MCM's customers, communicating with our partners at origin, cupping coffees and overseeing our Quality Control program. She is also an amazing mum, and one of the most organised people we know!

  • HANNA HUHTONEN
    Sales and Marketing Coordinator

    Originally from Finland, Hanna worked as a barista, coffee consultant and writer for eight years before joining us at MCM. Hanna's role at MCM is to maintain exceptional, thoughtful and meaningful relationships with our roasting clients, based on trust, openness and understanding. She spends a lot of time cupping coffees, visiting customers and providing advice and support. She also manages our social media and web communications.

  • The extended team

  • JENNI BRYANT
    Rwanda Buyer

    Jenni works full time for Market Lane Coffee as General Manager, and also plays a very active role in sourcing exceptional coffee from Rwanda for MCM. Rwanda is dear to all our hearts at MCM, and particularly Jenni’s. She has travelled to Rwanda every year since 2012, nurturing our relationships there, and finding meaningful ways to support the producers and their communities, so they can continue to thrive and produce exceptional coffees.

  • TOSHI ISHIWATA
    Brazil Buyer & QC

    Toshi has worked in specialty coffee for over a decade. He heads up QC and Roasting at Market Lane, and he travels to Brazil every year to help MCM select coffees, and to build meaningful, long-term relationships with our producing partners there. Toshi also works for MCM part-time, assisting with buying decisions, sample roasting and QC, and providing invaluable advice to our roasting clients.

  • JASON SCHELTUS
    Central American Buyer

    Jason is the Co-Founder and Director of Coffee at Market Lane Coffee and he spends his time working with the Quality Control and Roasting teams. He also assists the MCM team with quality control and buying decisions, and he visits Guatemala and El Salvador with Fleur every year to help source exceptional coffees for MCM. He also supports buying in other origins including Ethiopia, Brazil and Bolivia, and provides training and consultation for some MCM clients.

“Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives.”

– William. A. Foster