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Eat Drink Design Awards

Eat Drink Design Awards announces 2018 shortlist

The 2018 Eat Drink Design Awards shortlist has been announced.

The shortlisted projects represent the most sought-after cafés, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, food stores and temporary hospitality spaces that opened to the public in the past two years.

“This year, there is a consensus among the jury that Australasian hospitality design is some of the best in the world, if not the best. Other countries are certainly looking to what Australia is doing in hospitality design and this shortlist is evidence of how dynamic and progressive Australia and New Zealand designers are,” says Cassie Hansen, Eat Drink Design Awards Jury Chairperson. Read more

Dove Chen soars to great heights

With discipline and determination, Dove Chen made his dream a reality. He explains why competition is a learning curve and superstars exist in all facets of the industry.

Dove Chen was born to be a coffee lover despite growing up in a Chinese culture that praised tea over caffeinated beans. 

When Dove was just seven years old, he would steal his parent’s canned coffee when they weren’t home, and save all his pocket money to buy his own supply after school. Read more

Sherwin Djamil crowned Soul Origin National Barista Champion

Soul Origin has crowned Sherwin Djamil as its 2018 National Barista Champion at its annual awards night in Sydney on 18 August.

More than 600 Soul Origin franchise partners, staff and suppliers came together for a gala evening at the Hyatt Regency where the network reflected on its successful year and recognised its top franchise partners, baristas and stores for 2018.

“Since opening its first store in 2011, Soul Origin has experienced exponential growth and this year has been an incredibly exciting one for us,” says Chris Mavris, Soul Origin CEO. Read more

La Marzocco Local to visit Hobart

La Marzocco will host its Local event in Hobart from 28 to 31 August.

The event will include introductory technical workshops, home espresso classes and its traditional La Marzocco Local party.

Participants in La Marzocco Local events held across Australia throughput the year will go in the draw to win a Linea Mini machine, drawn at the conclusion of the final Local event. Read more

Wega Urban

Urban is the new Wega espresso machine created especially for the Australian market. The technology in the Urban comes from the progression of Wega’s multi-boiler technology range. It includes a new easy-to-use 1/4 steam tap for faster milk foaming, dry steam, service boiler boost for intensive work periods, and the opportunity to pre-set optional functions to control the machine. The Urban also comes with accurate temperature monitoring of its electronic components for precise diagnosis in real time, and pulse width modulation for meticulous temperature control.

For more information, visit www.cwe.com.au

Vitasoy’s Café for Baristas

Vitasoy believes plant milk should be made with high quality ingredients, using a process that is as simple as possible. It is committed to supporting the local community and proudly manufacturing its Café for Baristas products in Victoria, using whole Australian grown almonds and soy beans from regional New South Wales, Victoria, and South Australia. The Café for Baristas range is made exclusively for the trade and has been specifically formulated to complement barista skills and deliver the perfect plant-based coffee every time.

For more information, visit soy.com.au

Puretec perfecting water

When it comes to achieving the perfect water recipe to complement coffee, it’s a careful balancing act. Mineral concentrates, chlorine, and alkaline have a large impact on the taste profile of the water and overall coffee outcome depending on which state of Australia you live. 

Over the past few years, the coffee industry has seen a large uptake in filtration systems to help purify the water responsible for extracting flavour compounds from beans. This includes reverse osmosis and ion exchange systems that extract ‘the nasties’. But more often than not, Puretec National Food Service Account Manager Simon Read says it comes with compromise. 

“Filtration models are typically a double-edged sword. It’s a balance between looking after your customers and producing a great-tasting coffee, or protecting your equipment – it’s one or the other, and that to us, it is not good enough,” Simon says.  Read more

Dressed to impress: making café design memorable

Australia is known for its coffee quality, but our café design is equally idolised around the world. We explore what it takes to be memorable, and whether money really talks.

Some of Australia’s most impressive café experiences are not because they serve the latest Cup of Excellence-winning coffee, or Instagram-worthy smashed avos and smoothie bowls, but because of their impressive design.

In Melbourne, there’s Brother Baba Budan with its iconic chairs stuck to the ceiling, Au79 with no expense spared on the gold trimmings, St Ali with its casual industrial look, Higher Ground’s massive hotel-like attraction in an ex-power station, and in Sydney the Grounds of Alexandria revolutionised what a café space could be, complete with flower market, roastery, and wedding reception.

Jacqui Senior, Senior Associate and Hospitality Sector Leader at Woods Bagot in Sydney, knows what it takes to stand out from the crowd. She was involved in Campos Coffee’s award-winning Barangaroo site in Sydney and says in this instance, it was the location that inspired the café’s now-iconic jewelry box shape. Read more

Big construction impacts small cafés

Construction and roadworks are a part of the daily commute for many in urban and metro areas, but the constant works are causing some cafés to suffer.

Ricca Coffee in South Australia has been affected by ongoing roadworks along West Thebarton Road for more than two years now.

“The construction has limited access to parking and road space,” says Martyn Smith, Owner of Ricca Coffee. Read more

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