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Cook up the Cupping Room

Emily Crabb

Since its launch three years ago, The Cupping Room has been a bustling destination for Canberrans who love to brunch and lunch.

Renowned for their unique meals and speciality ONA coffee, the cafe’s popularity means the line for a table is often out the door. However, thanks to a partnership with independent Canberra publishers Seed Press, we can now recreate our favourite Cupping Room classics at home with The Cupping Room cookbook, officially launched last night at the eponymous establishment.

Seed Press was founded by Jordan Montgomery, who contemplated the idea of a cookbook in collaboration with photographer Amy Dobos. The pair wanted to create a book that embodied the cafe in every way, from aesthetics to ingredients.

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As explained by Jordan, the book captures the essence of the eatery through the recipe selections and the presentation.

“The recipes featured are a mixture of seasonal dishes from new and old menus, with a range of recipes of sweet, seafood, vegetarian and meat dishes,” he says.

The presentation of the book is simple, open and edgy. The book also features a ‘Cuppers Larder’, helping readers poach the perfect egg and recreate the cafe’s notorious Lemonade foam. It also wouldn’t be a true Cupping Room cookbook if the cafés famous caffeinated brews weren’t also represented in the pages.


Luckily for us, the book also features contributions from 2015 World Barista Champion and founder of ONA Coffee Sasa Sestic and veteran Cupping Room barista Isaac Kim.

“Everybody [had] a chance to express ideas,” Jordan says, explaining that the dishes were selected by both the staff and chefs, with Cupping Room’s current manager Caity Reynolds co-authoring and editing the book. This community mentality represents the very essence of the café.

The Cupping Room is built on collaboration and passion and The Cupping Room Cookbook is no exception. The book is one big community collaboration of publishers, photographers, staff, chefs, old menus, favourite dishes and, of course, quality coffee.

Cupping Room fanatics – this book was made for you in the hope that a little slice of that community makes its way into your home and onto your plate.

Find The Cupping Room’s Cookbook here: www.seedpressbooks.com

Images: Supplied


Emily Crabb

Emily Crabb has recently finished her final semester at the University of Canberra where she studied Communications in Advertising. Emily’s 2016 has consisted of her travelling nationally and internationally, meeting the creative minds of the advertising, media and public relations industries from Melbourne to Kuala Lumpur to Sydney and to Singapore. These adventures gave her a renewed source of inspiration and motivation but also a renewed appreciation for her hometown of Canberra. Emily particularly enjoys treating herself with clothes she cannot justify buying and eating anything from a brunch menu. More about the Author