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Spilling the beans: Indulge Coffee & Chocolate Expo

Alison Senti

Spilling the beans on the best coffee and chocolate in Canberra

Canberra’s coffee scene has exploded in recent years with new cafes and roasting houses popping up around the city faster than you can say ‘single origin espresso’. Our well-publicised preference for good quality coffee – and the recent crowning of the world’s best barista coming from this very city — proves the way to the heart of a Canberran is definitely through our morning cup of joe.


With so many blends on offer it has been almost impossible to try them all – until now.

The Indulge Coffee and Chocolate Expo on 11 July will bring local coffee and chocolate providers together in a one-day sensory overload.

Expo creator Stephanie Hodge, a local Canberra event specialist, says the specific combination of both coffee and chocolate at the one event is a first for Canberra and will be a great addition to Canberra’s winter calendar of events.


“What better way to spend a chilly Canberra winter’s day than warming up with coffee and chocolate? The combination of the two is a perfect match and it made sense to combine them in the one event,” she says.

“While there will be a dominant focus on local suppliers we have also reached out to other Australian suppliers in order to offer a wide variety of coffee and chocolate products for the public to sample at the expo and to enjoy at home. I wanted to create an event that was unique, indulgent and educational — Indulge Expo encapsulates this perfectly.”


With enticing products from names such as Captain Chocolate ,RiciCoco’s Chocolate Tea, Morish Morsels and the unique ‘Decafe’ Homewares Range by designer Raul Lauri (light fittings and homewares made out of recycled coffee grinds, truly!) among the stall holders, the Expo will tempt even the most discerning coffee and chocolate connoisseurs.

Indulge Coffee & Chocolate will cater for all your senses with live demos and music to keep you entertained as you nibble and sip your way around the Old Bus Depot in Kingston.

July cannot come soon enough for this coffee and chocolate addict…

Want to be part of Indulge 2015?

If you have local coffee or chocolate related products you’d like to exhibit at Indulge 2015, get in touch with Steph at

The essentials

What: Indulge Coffee & Chocolate Expo 2015
When: 10am to 4pm, Saturday 11 July
Where: Old Bus Depot, Kingston
Cost: $10 entry – purchase your tickets online
Web: Find them on Facebook.


Alison Senti

Alison Senti is a child-rearing, part-time working, globe-travelling, gourmet-gutsing, marathon-running, shoe 'collecting' second generation Canberran who likes to take life by the scruff of the neck and give it a good shake. Most of her stories on Her Canberra are selfishly of interest to her personally! More about the Author

  • tara

    I’m keen. The last attempt at a chocolate festival in Canberra was in 2013 with the Choc-Lush event. I note that this expo is organised by Stephanie Hodge – can you please confirm that she’s not connected in any way with the Choc-Lush organisers Lyndall Nancarrow and Mick? I’d love to go to this, but Choc-Lush was hideous. A complete failure, a rip-off waste of money and the organisers were incredibly unprofessional and rude. I’m not at all suggesting that Stephanie is affiliated with that similar event but I just don’t want to make the same expensive mistake twice (I wasted almost $70 last time). Thanks!

    • Stephanie

      Hi Tara,
      Indulge Expo 2015 is a completely new event and not associated with the previous Chocolate Event held in 2013. Feel free to contact me via email or via the Facebook page! I hope to see you there!

      • tara

        Thanks Stephanie – will definitely be there .. but the link above to purchase tickets is currently broken.