Silipo Team

Richard Silipo

Richard Silipo


Title: Owner, Head of Operations and Sales

Richard Silipo was first introduced to the art of espresso in 1994. Since this time he has owned restaurants and cafes and managed multiple franchise and non franchise stores within the hospitality industry. Richard has completed many Barista courses and has competed in a won some  competitions. Richard also won multiple awards for coffee roasting in his first two years as an industry roaster. Richard is also an accredited judge for the Queensland Barista Championships which run through AASCA and is a proud member. Richard’s role within Silipo Coffee is to continue to educate his staff and clients in all things coffee and he hopes to bring exceptional quality coffee to the Eastern Side of Australia and later spread it across Australia and the globe.

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Jacob King

Title: Wholesale Operations Manager and Silipo Coffee Barista Trainer

Jacob’s coffee journey started when he was working part time for a franchise coffee company whilst he was still at high school. Jacob was then offered a job to work in a cafe and a new journey began. He started gaining more and more knowledge in the coffee industry and it led him to begin competing as a Barista. After gaining some confidence outside the coffee franchise world Jacob made the decision to join the Silipo family. In October 2016 Jacob beat many other competitors and won the title of ‘Barefoot Barista Latte Art Smackdown’. Jacob brings to the Silipo Coffee team a very high level of milk texturing, latte art skills and a passion for coffee that matches Richard Silipo’s own passion when he started the business. Jacob is now Silipo Coffee’s Wholesale Manager and Barista Trainer.

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Jesse Matthews-Cooke

Title: Head Barista of Silipo Coffee Espresso Bar and Barista Trainer

Jesse is our Head Barista for our espresso bar. Jesse started making coffee 15 years ago and is a seasoned Barista. Since then Jesse has become addicted to not only the coffee itself but making it and pouring Latte Art. Jesse is an Award Winning Coffee Roaster taking out a Medal in the Golden Bean Roasting Competition for his own business in 2016. Jesse enjoys a variety of jobs, he also does Actor and Extras work on some of the biggest films being filmed on the Gold Coast. Jesse is an exceptional barista and we are glad to have him around. Jesse’s other talent is speaking multiple languages, which is always a hit with our foreign customers. Jesse also claims he makes the best Tiramasu and Espresso Martini’s.

Michelle Silipo

Michelle Silipo

Title: Accounts and Website Administration

Michelle Silipo is an Architectural Drafting Technician and Project Manager. She has worked in the planning departments of Airports and Commercial Property Developers. Michelle is also a Remedial Massage Therapist and has used that skill to travel to London on a 2 year working visa. She met Richard Silipo a year after arriving back in Australia and fell in love. Michelle is currently raising their 3 beautiful children and studying her Graduate Certificate in Business Management. She does some ‘behind the scenes’ work for Silipo Coffee in Accounts, Website Administration and Drafting for the warehouse/cafe.



Aleyah Reeves


Title: Barista/Weekend Superstar

Aleyah is one of our youngest staff. Aleyah decided to do a work experience stint with Silipo Coffee a few year ago. After putting in a great effort, we thought we would offer her a position helping the boss run Saturdays. Aleyah makes an excellent coffee and continues to gain confidence and learn more and more about the hospitality industry. You will find Aleyah bopping around and dancing to tunes on Saturday morning if the R & B is playing.


Thomas Iserief


Title: Barista

Thomas is our weekday Barista helping out Masa and Scott keep all the caffeinated addicts calm in Bailey Crescent. Thomas comes all the way from the Netherlands and has been in the specialty coffee for a few years. In these years Thomas has picked up some great skills in serving specialty coffee and floats around the coffee machine effortlessly getting all the coffee made. Thomas has a great sense of humour. Loves making and drinking coffee and is fitting into the Silipo Team perfectly.


Leanne Horner


Title: Head Baker and Food Specialist

Leanne met Richard Silipo some years back and decided to do a Barista course. Leanne’s goal was to move away from the family business of Baking and take on the specialty coffee market and cafe scene. In those few years since Leanne met Richard she has worked a few positions which has seen her grow a lot in the cafe world and making beautiful cakes and pastries keeps calling her back. Leanne has now come back to Silipo Coffee to further her career as the Head Baker and Food Specialist. Once you try Leanne’s baking you will fall in love with her! We do warn you.