1961Coffee is a super duper warehouse located in the very pretty suburb of Camberwell. We house a Probat roaster, a full kitchen, many talented baristas, loads of coffee and, as of October 2017 we’re fully licensed! Our aim? Other than to live and work in a coffee playground, we want to bring you our best house roasted coffee beans, delicious meals and specialty drinks. Awesome? We think so.
Ash Nathan is the current co-director of CoffeeHead. With over 30 years experience as a chef, Ash came to Australia after working as an apprentice at the renowned Ritz and getting qualified at London’s City and Guilds Institute. His first Melbourne job was working under Master Chef’s Gary Mehigan at Novotel on Collins. His next role as Head Chef at Crown’s Automatic Cafe, introduced him to his boss and eventual collaborator at CoffeeHead, Paul Mathis. In a sense Ash has ironically gone back to his roots with CoffeeHead. His maternal grandfather owned many coffee estates in the Gampola area in Sri Lanka from the late 1800s. The smell and feel of roasting coffee beans, drinking it and even playing amongst the coffee bushes form a huge part of his childhood memories. Ash’s other loves include his family, travel,sport of any kind, especially cricket and the Carlton Football Club.
Shiroma only got involved in hospitality after marrying Ash. She has a background in economics and worked in banks, insurance, member service and administration. She loves interacting with people and personal satisfaction she gets when people are happy with service and food. Shiroma currently looks after recruitment, HR, social media, liaising and creative input. She is looking forward to mentoring her creation, Black Betty, at her own little crib in Canterbury. She enjoys reading, writing, travel, classic cinema, and will always consider her greatest achievement being her two children.