Phillip Di Bella with Kelly Higgins-Devine, ABC Radio Brisbane.

12th June 2024


IN THE PRESS: Listen to our founder and MD of The Coffee Commune, Phillip Di Bella, on Drive with Kelly Higgins-Devine, ABC Radio Brisbane.

Phillip Di Bella and industry expert Christine Moody joined Kelly Higgins-Devine on the latest Retail Panel to discuss pressing issues in the retail and hospitality sectors.

The conversation delved into the economic struggles exacerbated by decreased disposable income, which is leading to widespread closures in the hospitality sector. Phil highlighted crucial insights:

“We deal with 800 to 900 venues in our business. So, we’re a good barometer of what’s happening in the industry… This reduction in consumer spending is impacting venues across the market, making it essential for businesses to attract more customers and plan for economic cycles to sustain growth.

Christine Moody emphasized the mental stress on business owners, underscoring the need for proper support and strategic planning.  She also highlighted the importance of community and innovative solutions to help businesses navigate these challenging times.

Tune in to hear why the Coffee Commune passionately advocates for and is committed to giving small businesses in the industry a voice and support during these unprecedented times.

Listen to the Full Episode Here:




Being partnered with the Coffee Commune was a logical extension of our business. It is a great opportunity to showcase our equipment range, however, we also see the immense value to the industry of being part of the Coffee Commune’s exceptional training facilities
Fabio Cordovado Director CWE
Labour laws are more and more complex and hard to understand; Through our membership with Coffee Commune, we have constant access to a HR/IR hotline. Quick and Easy.
Phil Johnson Founder and owner Chef
Ecco Bistro
Coffee Commune’s advice, support, and network, helped reduce the red tape, gave us direction, and saved us valuable time.
Sarah Buiso Restaurant Owner of Da Buiso
…if our clients grow, we grow. The Coffee Commune has been invaluable in helping us spread that message.
Vince Monardo Naked Syrups
We are passionate about collaborating with the coffee community to make a real difference for business owners. We look forward to continuing to work with The Coffee Commune.
Matt Allington Partner, Business Services
BDO (Australia)
…we’re passionate about helping businesses identify the things they can be doing to maximise performance.
Alessandro Calabrisello General Manager
Sanremo Coffee Machines Australia