Antony de Fina, the Caffeine fuelled offshore powerboat racer, four time Australian Champion
Antony has been involved in the coffee industry for nearly 10 years, which came about through a chance meeting and a long standing family relationship, leading to importing Tonino Lamborghini Coffee from Italy. Like many in this industry, it is meetings like this that change the path of your destiny, and you are hooked on coffee forever. Antony continued to expand his business by adding to his distributorship arrangements, finding products that represent the very best of Italian design, style and tradition that would complement what he had already started. This now includes espresso machines La Pavoni, Elektra and Victoria Arduino, Macap grinders, Ancap cups, barista accessories and of course, parts and service.
“The introduction of Ancap cups three years ago has probably been one of the most exciting products in our range and has allowed us to deal with almost all levels of the coffee industry, from cafés, baristas, and national and multinational roasters. This is probably my most satisfying part of our business, dealing with baristas up to roasters,” says Antony.
Two years ago, to complete his café offering Antony acquired Tea Corporation Australia, which has been operating in Australia for 18 years and directly imports tea from Sri Lanka, Japan and China.
On a personal front, Antony’s passion is racing offshore powerboats. He’s the throttle man of team Saracen, which competes in the Australian Offshore Powerboat Championship. This competition is held over six rounds in various locations around Australia. Team Saracen is the current Australian Champion in 600 HP and has won the title four times.
He’s not one to boast, but we looked it up and he is also the current Australian Speed record holder for Supercat Outboard class.