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. 



Benjamin, fondly known as Benji, hails from Hong Kong. After arriving in the coffee capital of the world, Melbourne, Benji's passion for coffee went to another level. After working in some of Melbourne's top cafes he eventually returned back to 1961 CoffeeHead, one of the first cafes he worked for, to take on the role as Manager and Head Barista. Always looking for an opportunity to increase his knowledge and challenge himself, he learnt to roast and train. Benji is now a nationally accredited trainer, and the Head Roaster.