Founded by Edward Cutcliffe with the intention of making great coffee accessible to all, this vision has continued through to till today. From winning over locals as a hole-in-the-wall café in Sydney’s inner west, we have grown into a specialty roaster at the forefront of the coffee industry in Australia.
The Little Marionette has expanded to ensure that a quality cup of coffee is never far away from Aussies and coffee savants alike. Each of our global outposts replicate the original hole-in-the-wall philosophy that made Australia fall in love with The Little Marionette.
With a flavour-first philosophy, our coffee hunters scour the world’s best coffee regions forming lasting relationships with coffee growers. These partnerships allow us to gather the finest beans from small, naturally-processed lots; never compromising on quality. When sourcing, we seek ethical coffees and sustainable opportunities to give back to the communities from which we source.
Our team creatively roast the finest beans, creating full-bodied and crowd-pleasing blends, small-batch single origins and fresh filter roasts to entertain even the most discerning coffee connoisseurs.
For us, being sustainable is more than eliminating single use plastics or acting against climate change. At The Little Marionette, we take a holistic approach to sustainability. Through our every move as a company, we constantly re-evaluate our supply chain from farm to consumer.
We’re all about our biodegradable cups and lids and moving away from plastics in our production process, but it’s also important to remember that sustainability is not only about protecting our environment or considering climate change. It’s also about responsible production and that includes advocating for better working conditions – and we’ve stepped up our commitment to sustainability beyond the environmental sense of the word.
From India, to South and Central America, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, we work closely with exporters to up the ante on social responsibility. Whether it’s helping female farmers gain financial independence or ensuring coffee pickers have access to free medical checks, we’ve worked hard to establish a supply chain with true longevity in mind.
As a company, it’s our mission to respect the environment that gifts us our beautiful green beans, and we are committed to the future of the coffee industry and ensuring everyone can enjoy a cup of coffee for many years to come.
Everything with our Marionette blue has to mean green, so we’ve developed packaging solutions that have zero impact on the environment – from biodegradable takeaway cups and lids, supporting reusable KeepCup initiatives and organisations like a Plant a Tree that give back to our environment.
We support the work of World Coffee Research and their insights into coffee quality and productivity – the essential research on the coffee plant (coffea) and on the conditions that help it thrive to ensure farmers and producers are supported.