Coffee king Phil Di Bella lists amazing inner Brisbane mansion


One of coffee’s household names, Phillip Di Bella with his wife Gianna, at the New Farm property they are selling. Picture: Lyndon Mechielsen.

COFFEE icon Phil Di Bella has put his contemporary inner Brisbane mansion on the market just in time for what’s shaping up to be a bumper spring selling season.

Property records show he and wife, Gianna, paid $6.5m for the five-bedroom New Farm home in 2018, which spans a whopping 1000 sq m of living space, but they are likely to get double that given how much prices have risen since then.

Coffee king Phil Di Bella has put his New Farm home on the market.


Coffee king Di Bella sells New Farm pad for a bargain price

Coffee king Phillip Di Bella has forked out $6.5 million for a New Farm home

Speaking exclusively to The Courier-Mail, Mr Di Bella said he and his family had loved living in the home, especially during the pandemic, when it served as an “entertaining paradise”.

“It’s like living in a mini resort,” Mr Di Bell said.

“The time has come to right-size for our family with our kids getting older and us travelling a lot more. We want another family to be enjoying the same quality of life we have had in what is an epic home.”

A second living area separates the bedrooms and allows for the family to retreat.

It’s understood the Di Bellas have bought a unit to relocate to.

The Sydney Street residence, which was designed by ­Monster Ideas Architects and built by CGH Construction, occupies a commanding presence on a large, 990 sqm block.

A significant renovation was completed before the Di Bellas moved in.

All of the grass was replaced with astroturf and concrete to make the home low maintenance, while the carpet made way for timber floorboards.

The home is a mixture of timber and concrete, with lots of indoor/outdoor living areas.

The dining room was opened up with folding glass doors to connect the ground floor interiors areas to the outdoor barbecue space, while a copper coloured, pressed metal sheet acts as a striking focal point.

A private recreation room was created that adjoins two of the bedrooms for children to have their own space as they get older.

A copper coloured, pressed metal sheet acts as a striking focal point in the dining room.

Outside, the kids have a space to play basketball and soccer when they are not hanging out in the games room.

But Mr Di Bella put his own touches to the home in the form of a gym, a 2000-bottle, climate-controlled wine cellar, and a massive 10-car garage that accommodates his impressive collection of racing memorabilia and sports cars.

The home has a purpose-built, 2000-bottle climate-controlled wine cellar.

The giant garage easily accommodates 10 cars.

Formula One champion Michael Schumacher’s race winning helmet and the ball used in the 2006 FIFA World Cup final hang proudly from the walls — each purchased in charity auctions for the Brisbane Children’s ­Hospital.


Formula One champion Michael Schumacher’s race winning helmet.

But the family only use the home for several weeks a year, preferring to travel instead, or stay at their holiday home in Queenstown, New Zealand.

A household name, Mr Di Bella’s first venture Di Bella Coffee, became Australia’s largest specialty coffee company before he sold it to Retail Food Group for $47m.

A mosaic-tiled lap pool runs the length of the home.

His current venture is The Coffee Commune, a rapidly growing member organisation supporting the hospitality business.

The property is being marketed by Simon and Courtney Caulfield of Place Kangaroo Point, with expressions of interest closing September 12.

Coffee king Phil Di Bella has put his New Farm home on the market.

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