About Us


Success in the coffee industry is built on providing delicious tasting coffee and by going to great lengths to source the very best available coffee beans, producing consistent roasts every time, and following a roasting process that releases and maximises the flavour without compromise. 

We are fiercely proud of our award winning coffee blends which are painstakingly roasted at our 1961 coffee roasting warehouse. The 'heartbeat' of 1961 coffee occupies a large base that sits next door to our retail coffee lounge, and flagship cafe, 1961 CoffeeHead, located in the heart of the coffee capital of the world, Camberwell, Melbourne.

It's this philosophy, combined with pushing the boundaries, never being satisfied and always striving for more, that has enabled 1961Coffee to cultivate the most loyal coffee drinkers and a clientele here in Australia and abroad, that keep on coming back for more. 


Deeply etched into Ash's earliest childhood memories are the smells and texture of the coffee beans and running through lush coffee bushes in Gampola, Sri Lanka.  It's here that Ash's affinity with coffee began.  And it's all thanks to his Grand Father, who owned and began cultivating coffee estates in the Gampola area, in the late 1800's. 

Born into a coffee family, Ash literally came into the world with coffee pulsating through his veins.  It's no surprise then that Ash's love affair with coffee continued to prosper when he came to Australia and it continues to shine through in every individual coffee roast, coffee cup and 1961 coffee PODS that is poured today.   

Besides having a passion for producing great tasting coffee, Ash’s other loves include cooking, family, travel, sport (of any kind) especially cricket and the Carlton Football Club.


Ash's partner Shiroma helps manage the day to day operation of the business, its social media, marketing, and also its flagship cafe next door, 1961 CoffeeHead. Shiroma comes from a background in economics and member service but is a writer at heart, having already published two books of poetry and currently researching for a third non fiction account of a theatrical tour. She is the creative force behind the business and the proud creator of our best selling coffee blend's 'Black Betty' coffee logo and story. 

Brew the Best Coffee in Camberwell

It doesn’t matter how you prefer your coffee—blends, capsules, decaf, or single origin: we have high-quality coffee for you in any form that you prefer. Every time you open your bag of beans or ground roast, you want a consistent flavour. We procure the highest-quality beans every time and optimise the flavour that you get through our roasting process for coffee in Camberwell. The perfect cup of java, every time: that is what awaits you every morning.

Our founder, Ash, was born and bred surrounded by the aroma of coffee in Gampola, Sri Lanka. His grandfather started a coffee business in the late 1800s, and Ash continued to brew the coffee running in his family’s veins when he moved to Australia and opened 1961Coffee. Today, our team includes a nationally accredited trainer as our Head Roaster and Barista.

We want to share our passion for coffee with you in the form that you want. Every roast that we offer includes a range of convenient options while capturing the essence of good-quality coffee.

    About 1961Coffee

    You have nothing to lose and only award-winning coffee and skills to gain by supporting our passion for coffee and the right way of brewing it. Contact us if you want to place an order but can’t choose which blend of the best coffee in Camberwell that you want, or get in touch if you would like to enrol for barista training.