About us

We are a specialty coffee roaster, café, coffee educator and retailer based in Melbourne, Australia and soon to be launching in Portland, Oregon USA.  

Proud Mary Coffee is dedicated to producing exceptional coffee.

We take great pride in supporting and representing coffee producers and communities. We visit our producers each year, venture to their farms, homes and families. This is a relationship. We discover who they are, what motivates them and how we can support each another. Through this tangible form, we generate a mutual understanding and appreciation. These are the true rock stars of coffee, the story starts with the producer.

 

Founder of Proud Mary, Nolan Hirte is now recognised as a pioneer of the specialty coffee industry in Australia. It was during a trip to Bali in 2006 that Nolan had come face-to-face with local farmers and the harsh realities of coffee production. The trip was a light-bulb moment for him and he committed himself to bridging the gap between farmer and consumer.

Fast forward to 2016 and Proud Mary has evolved to include roasting, wholesale, the Aunty Peg’s black coffee brew bar and the Collingwood Coffee College. These are all driven by the determination to see the hard work of coffee farmers recognised.