About Us

Our Story


Persistence has been the key to the success of developing Chilli Coffee. It all came about when a customer was talking about his love of chilli and suggested it would be cool if someone invented coffee enhanced with a chilli flavour. And so, the journey of experimentation, trial and error, over two years, took shape to figure out a recipe of complimentary flavours, that just works.

James, one of our founders, an experienced coffee roaster, barrister, lover of great coffee with a passion for spicy foods took on the challenge. Many have tried and given up, not James and thankfully he kept going to develop a coffee that is truly unique and a joy to drink.

Chilli Coffee has started small but watch this space as we roll out a range of exciting beverages, complemented with the hit of Chilli Coffee. Chilli Coffee is like nothing you have ever tasted before. Try it for yourself, we love it and hope you do as well. Enjoy!

A Unique Blend

About Chilli Coffee

Chilli Coffee has developed a unique range of Chilli flavoured and enhanced coffees. Our range consists of four core flavours, or how we define – four intensities of heat, D’LISH “Super Mild”, D’VINE “Mild”, D’MIDL “Medium” and D’STING “HOT XXX”.

Before we add any chilli, we start with premium award-winning green beans, sourced from some of the world’s most famous coffee growing regions. We have developed a range of various blends, carefully roasted to our own unique recipe. Our chilli is sourced from various parts of the globe, again blended to our own unique recipe.

The taste experience is remarkable and different. The rich flavours of the coffee are enhanced and complimented in a way that is completely different for every person. Unlike just savouring a good cup of coffee, drinking Chilli Coffee is a journey of pure drinking pleasure like no other. You can drink it long, short, black, white, with any style of milk product, it can be sweetened or left unsweetened to savour the full complexity of the various flavours.

Don’t take our word for it, try a cup today, it is impossible to stop at just one sip. It is simply addictive coffee drinking pleasure!

Remember to ask your Cafe & Barrister for a Chilli Coffee today!

The photo to the right shows our recent product launch at Basil & Vine Italian Cafe, Burpengary.  In the photo left to right: Mark Ryan MP – Minister for Police and Minister for Corrective Services, James Sullivan, Founder and Inventor of Chilli Coffee,  Maria Karatzis, Executive Director Customer Experience Engagement Division – Department of Employment, Small Business and training, Shane King MP, State Member for Kurwongbah and Douglas Bates Founder. Thank you to all who attended and supported the launch of this new coffee sensation.

Chilli Coffee was developed over eighteen months with a considerable amount of testing to get it right. 

We have plans to keep expanding the base range with many other products we are developing in the background.  However, hey our first objective is for as many people as possible to try one of the intensities and to keep on drinking Chilli Coffee.

You may love a cup or two every day, you may just have a cup now and then, or the heat is not to your liking and you just are not a fan.  We realise it is not for everyone, but until you try it, how do you know?

We are looking for advocates, people to do some discrete mystery shopping for us.  What does that mean exactly?  Can you help us out and go to local cafe’s and ask for a Chilli Coffee.  When they say they don’t have it or have not heard of it before, can you suggest they get on to our web site  www.chillicoffee.com  and check us out to order some.  The more times people ask the greater the chance the cafe will stock the product for others to try.

There are some secrets when making your first brew, so we have included a range of videos on the web site about how to get the best results when making Chilli Coffee.  Check them out to get some additional hints for the perfect brew.

Launching a new product with all the doom and gloom, some may say we are nuts.  To the contrary, we believe it is a perfect time!  People are craving the joy of feeling good, maintaining good health, are keen to explore something new, so Chilli Coffee is perfect right now.  We have put a section on the web page under Useful Info where we explain some of the health benefits you can experience from drinking Chilli Coffee.  Check it out, it’s packed with heaps of useful data.

Thanks for getting on board and drinking Chilli Coffee.  Enjoy!

Founder - Bean Master & Inventor

James Sullivan

James simply loves coffee, the taste, the aromas, the subtleties, the complexities, the pleasure and joy of drinking quality coffee. He is an inventor, with a flair for creativity and a visionary who does not accept the status quo. James is the creator of Chilli Coffee, who took on the challenge and imagined “what if” and succeeded!

Starting his working career as a Master Plumber, he took those skills and worked for many years with XXXX Brewery in Brisbane as their production manager. It was here where he honed his skills to bring the best out in other people with a simple philosophy of reward for effort. His understanding of production process and systems is superior. He puts the knowledge to good use managing Chilli Coffee roasting, blending, bagging and dispatch.

Progressing to the largest family owned international wine company, James headed up the sales and distribution across the Asia Pacific region. His appreciation for fine wine, honed across all varietals developed his pallet and understanding for what makes awesome coffee. With many similarities of flavours and characteristics, James has set the bar very high for the quality and complexity delivered with Chilli Coffee.

Well-travelled with his wife, James calls Queensland home. His light-hearted wit, jovial nature and love of Australianisms ensures he is fun to be around.

We owe James credit for inventing Chilli Coffee.

Founder - Making Stuff Happen

Douglas Bates

Douglas has a passion for helping people succeed in business and life.  An entrepreneur and innovator, who relishes pushing the envelope, his extensive experience in business, spans over 40 years, having worked in multiple strategic senior management roles together with commencing 11 new businesses of his own.

He is a highly competent business generalist, who uses and embraces smart technology to help customers have awesome shopping experiences.

While he is a graduate of multiple academic courses along with the University of Life Douglas understands the need for businesses to stand out in today’s crowded global marketplace. What better way to do that, than with Chilli Coffee as a unique brand to stir up the emotions of passion and enjoyment.

Douglas is a dedicated family man, likes to have a laugh and stirring the pot, is a capable photographer, accomplished cook, appreciator of great red wine and awesome coffee.

Tasked with the front of house business responsibilities, he is committed to providing lasting and tangible value for all our Chilli Coffee customers.

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