About Silipo Coffee

Established in 2006 Silipo Coffee is a Gold Coast based coffee roastery with a focus on specialty coffee. We supply and distribute to cafés, espresso bars, restaurants and home customers throughout Australia.

The Foundation of Silipo Coffee


Richard Silipo, the founder of Silipo Coffee, has been involved in the coffee industry since 1994. Noticing there was a demand in the industry for a specialty coffee roaster and supplier who not only provided wholesale coffee but also met the needs of customers, Richard set out to fill this void. He started his own wholesale roasting and coffee distribution business sourcing his coffee from specialty coffee roasters on the Gold Coast. He soon realised to get every aspect of the business perfect, he would have to set up his own coffee roasting house.
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The Growth of Silipo Coffee

Richard secured premises on the Gold Coast and purchased a 15kg coffee roaster which would be able to roast his specialty coffee to its fullest potential. He then went to work building relationships with some of the very best ethical and sustainable coffee farms around the world making sure their green beans were of the highest quality and the farms were a part of the Fairtrade system. Once the green coffee beans were sourced, Richard started roasting his distinctive and highly additive single origins coffees and coffee blends.

After only a few years the demand for Silipo Coffee was so high Richard had to move to larger premises and subsequently change his beloved 15kg Garanti roaster for a 30kg Giesen roaster. Now Silipo Coffee roast and supply our award-winning coffee to cafés and coffee shops all over Australia.

What is Silipo Coffee’s Difference?

Silipo Coffee listen to our customers wants and needs and strive to ensure these are met! We view our customers like an extension of our family and we can never do too much for them. Always seeking feedback from our customers, we endeavour to adapt and innovate to provide our customers with a product and service like no other. Silipo Coffee aim to be the biggest specialty coffee supplier in Australia, and given our dominance of the Gold Coast market, this aim is well within our sights.

9/54 Bailey Crescent, Southport

Welcome to our Cafe & Bakery

Our café and bakery transpired from a humble coffee shop servicing only the coffee needs of workers in and around Bailey Crescent, a place where students could be trained in the art of coffee, and a one stop shop for baristas looking to buy coffee equipment. As word spread of Silipo Coffee people started coming from near and far to experience the Silipo Coffee difference and it became clear to us that food offerings would need to be made available for customers to enjoy with their coffee.

Silipo Coffee is everything coffee

The first thing you will notice at Silipo Coffee is our attention to coffee. We have on offer some of the finest coffees in the world and these are showcased on our espresso and brew bar. You will find an array of options from a standard type of coffee such as an espresso, flat white or cappuccino, etc. to cold press coffee, batch brew, cold drip, syphon, pour-over and many other styles you may never have known existed.

Breakfast and Lunch

Silipo Coffee offer a seasonal breakfast and lunch menu which is available from 6 am to 1 pm Monday to Friday. We use only the freshest ingredients and have some of the best casual food offerings on the Gold Coast including vegetarian options. A lot of our options can also be made gluten free. Please click below for our current breakfast and lunch menu.

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The cabinet

We have a cold display cabinet full of tasty favourites for our busy on the go customers. No two weeks are ever the same with what we offer in the cabinet, however, there is always an assortment of sandwiches, wraps, homemade pies, sausage rolls, bacon and egg rolls, cakes, slices, cookies and muffins available to name a few, as well as a take home meal option each week.




The Silipo Coffee Team

The team at Silipo Coffee is made up of hand-picked speciality coffee enthusiasts who all have the common goal of being the best coffee team in Australia.

Richard Silipo

Richard Silipo

Founder and Head of Operations & Sales


Richard was first introduced to the art of espresso in 1994. Since that time, he has owned cafes and restaurants, and managed multiple franchised and non-franchised businesses in the hospitality industry. Richard has completed many barista courses and has competed in and won, numerous barista competitions, and placed in the top three for the Queensland Cup Tasters Championship in 2014. Richard also won several awards for coffee roasting in his first few years in the industry. He is a proud member of the Australian Speciality Coffee Association (ASCA) and is an accredited judge for the Queensland Barista Championships run by the ASCA. Richard has a passion for educating his staff and customers in all things coffee and aspires to bring exceptional specialty coffee to all of Australia and then around the globe.

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Michelle Silipo

Michelle Silipo

Accounts and Administration


Michelle is an Architectural Drafting Technician and Project Manager and has worked in the planning departments of several airports and with commercial property developers. Michelle met Richard Silipo a year after returning from her travels in Europe and has spent the past few years raising their three beautiful children. She joined the Silipo Coffee team in 2020 in an accounting role and started her Graduate Certificate in Business Management. Michelle is now responsible for accounts, administration and the expansion of Silipo Coffee.

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Thomas Iserief

Thomas Iserief

Head Roaster


Thomas’ coffee career started in his birth country, the Netherlands, in 2015. When he moved to Australia in 2017 to be with his now wife whom he met when on a working holiday in Australia in 2014, he knew that he wanted to pursue a career in specialty coffee. Starting with Silipo Coffee as a barista, Thomas quickly worked his way to the position of Head Barista. When the opportunity to roast coffee arose, Thomas was quick to express his interest and is now our Head Roaster. Thomas has a passion for specialty coffee and is responsible for sourcing the green coffee beans he roasts. He loves roasting sample new blends and single origins which are then made available to Silipo Coffee’s customers and wholesale family.

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Charlie Duncombe

Charlie Duncombe

Head Chef and Baker

Charlie has been involved in the hospitality industry since she was in high school, working part time in a local restaurant. Starting in the industry at such a young age has allowed Charlie to develop exceptionally strong cooking skills, and whilst her passion is creating sweet treats for Silipo Coffee’s customers to enjoy, she’s also a very talented savoury chef. Charlie can be found in the Silipo Coffee kitchen whipping up tasty breakfasts, delicious lunches and enticing on the go options for our cold display cabinet.

Michael Rollo

Michael Rollo

Sales Representative and Delivery Guru


Michael came to Silipo Coffee with a strong background in sales and customer relations and has quickly applied the skills he has developed in previous roles to the specialty coffee industry. Michael has built strong relationships with Silipo Coffee’s wholesale family and is always happy to go the extra mile to help them when out on his delivery runs. If you’re looking to take on board Silipo Coffee in your café or coffee shop, make sure you contact Michael for a chat.

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Coffee Roasting Awards

Silipo Coffee likes to receive feedback from industry professionals which is why we compete in several coffee roasting competitions each year. Since our competition debut in 2011 we have consistently won awards year after year in the Golden Bean Awards and The Australian International Coffee Awards, one year even taking out second place in the Golden Bean Awards. In total we have accumulated over 50 coffee roasting awards.


Best Gold Coast Coffee Award


Silipo Coffee Opportunities

Silipo Coffee will soon be looking for like-minded business individuals and specialty coffee enthusiasts to join our popular coffee brand. If you’re interested in owning a licensed territory and becoming a part of our extended family, please get in touch to see if you qualify for buying your own Silipo Coffee territory.

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Find a Cafe

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You’ve heard about Silipo Coffee and want to know if there’s a café near you serving our amazing coffee. To make life a little easier for you, we’ve compiled a list of the Silipo Coffee wholesale family who use our award-winning coffee beans to make their coffee.

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