Regional Flavours

Perfect Match: Coffee & Brownies

Jess Burke and Lulu Purnell
Time & Date

Sunday 22 July, 10:30am

July 2018

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Queensland Taste Stage and Marketplace - Presented by The Courier-Mail


30 mins

Pairing coffee with brownies.

Presented in partnership with Merlo, this demonstration will see Merlo’s resident coffee expert, Jessica Burke and ‘I Heart Brownies’ owner Lulu Purnell join forces to explore the complements of pairing coffee with brownies.

Accompanied by the delightful aromas of Merlo’s plethora of blends and single origins beans, listen and watch as the duo discuss flavour profiles created by different extraction methods and how coffee can complement any sweet treat – especially when it is a hand crafted brownie!



Jess Burke and Lulu Purnell

Jess Burke

Jess started with Merlo Coffee over nine years ago as a barista and has progressively worked her way through the various aspects of management and operations in many of Merlo Coffee’s retail outlets.

She is now responsible for the Retail Operations of Merlo Coffee’s 16 company owned stores and has various Operations Managers and Store managers reporting to her as well as more than 200 retail staff.

In this integral role, Jess is responsible for the growth and development of the stores, introduction of new retail products and staff training. She is also responsible for developing Merlo Coffee’s food menus and working in conjunction with consultants and food experts on food and tasting habits and trends. For more information on Merlo Coffee, head to their website.


Lulu Purnell

Lulu Purnell loves brownies and entrepreneurship. She is the founder and owner of I Heart Brownies, the gluten-free brownie bakery that launched onto Brisbane's dessert scene in 2012.

I Heart Brownies has become a household name in Brisbane, employing 15 staff across their two stores and hand-producing more than a quarter of a million brownies each year.

When not in the kitchen concocting new brownie flavours and desserts for lovers of sweet-treats, Lulu is setting her entrepreneurial talents to a podcast featuring local business women’s start-up stories. For more information on I Heart Brownies, head to their website.

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