our storyWayne Archer
Wayne Archer is synonymous with innovation, expertise and mastery within the craft of coffee roasting and blending. With over 35 years of experience in the coffee industry, Wayne is a prominent figure on the coffee scene, and is the master blender for D.E Coffee & Tea Australia, and has collaborated with Stefano Manfredi to develop Espresso di Manfredi.
As master blender, Wayne tastes up to 40 different coffee blends daily and manages the complexity of the blending process and arriving at the ideal flavour. His role also includes taking into consideration variables such as cup appearance, seasonal changes and crop variations. Wayne is master blender for D.E Coffee & Tea espresso brands, including Espresso di Manfredi, Piazza D’Oro, and Two Seasons.
Archer began his career as a trainee tea taster in 1976 after being inspired by his parent’s fondness for tea. Immersing himself in tea culture, Wayne’s natural instinct for tasting and strong palate quickly saw him progress his new passion into coffee blending and roasting..
Now master blender at D.E Coffee & Tea, Wayne is responsible for blend development and maintenance across their entire coffee portfolio. Archer sources the most premium beans from across the globe and profiles coffee blends to ensure the upmost quality is maintained. Reiterating the importance of sourcing the right beans, Archer says, “Coffee is a natural product and therefore the product is extremely variable. Every season is different and that means every crop is different”.
The Australian palate for premium espresso has constantly evolved throughout Wayne’s career, and the level of coffee consumption dramatically increased, ensuring that his role in roasting and blending various beans is never static. When roasting, Wayne takes into account Australian coffee drinkers’ penchant for milk-based coffee drinks, as well as the varying taste preferences between coffee consumers in each Australian state.
Wayne continues to be a leader in the industry, where his passion for sourcing and blending the finest espresso elevates and enhances the consumer’s experience of coffee around Australia and the world.