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ATO releases tax time toolkit to help small businesses

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has released a tax time toolkit designed to help small businesses and their tax advisers.

The toolkit packages up a series of easy-to-understand fact sheets on topics that small businesses need to know this tax time, especially given the tax implications of COVID-19. Read more

Service Sphere to unify roasters with launch of Bean Barn coffee hub

Coffee machine importer and service provider Service Sphere has launched an online platform to unite Australian coffee roasters in a one-stop-shop for consumers to purchase their coffee products.

“Retail coffee sales are on the rise, opening a whole new opportunity for roasters to reach consumers who still demand top-quality coffee while isolating and working from home,” says Maurizio Marcocci, Managing Director at Service Sphere. Read more

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Jooyeon Jeon of South Korea wins 2019 World Barista Championship

Jooyeon Jeon of Momos Coffee in South Korea has become the second female barista to win the World Barista Championship (WBC).

Taking over the title from 2018 WBC winner Agnieszka Rojewsk of Poland, Jooyeon was overcome with shock and emotion upon the final announcement at the Specialty Coffee Association Expo in Boston, United States on 14 April. Read more

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Jia Ning Du of China wins 2019 World Brewers Cup

Jia Ning Du has become the first Chinese barista to win the World Brewers Cup (WBrC).

It was third time lucky for Jia on the WBrC stage, winning the prestigious title on her third attempt, having represented China in 2016 and 2018.

“I’m so overwhelmed right now but at the same time my mind is blank. I’m feeling so many different emotions,” Jia of Uni Uni Coffee tells BeanScene Magazine.

“I honestly thought I’d never have the opportunity to represent my country on the world stage. It means a lot to China’s coffee industry. It’s the first time a Chinese barista has competed in this category, got into the final, and won.” Read more

Australian Barista Champion Matthew Lewin advances into Semi Finals of 2019 WBC

Matthew Lewin of Ona Coffee has made it through to the Semi Finals of the 2019 World Barista Championship (WBC) with the highest scoring espresso after two days of heats.

The announcement was made at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Centre in the United States at the end of the first day of the Specialty Coffee Association Expo, taking place until 14 April.

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Yanina Ferreyra of Project Origin wins Australian Brewers Cup Championship

Yanina Ferreyra of Project Origin is the 2019 Australian Specialty Coffee Association Australian Brewers Cup Champion.

In her first national brewers cup competition, Yanina claimed top honours with two-time Australian Brewers Cup Champion Devin Loong of Ona Coffee placing second, and David Train of Code Black Coffee placing third.

“I’m still pretty overwhelmed. I’m not sure if it’s beginners luck. I can’t believe it,” Yanina says.

Yanina started working in the Australian coffee industry in 2010 and entered her first barista competition in 2016, in which she made the finals.

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Melbourne to host 2020 World Barista Championship 

Melbourne has won the bid to host the 2020 World Barista and Brewers Cup Championships.

More than 85 licensed national barista champions from across the world will descend on Australia’s coffee capital when the prestigious coffee competitions take place at the Melbourne International Coffee Expo (MICE) from 4 to 7 May, 2020.

“We can’t wait to welcome the global coffee community to Melbourne,” says MICE Show Director Simon Coburn.

“Australia is a renowned coffee destination, and now we’ll get to present our sophisticated coffee culture to a global audience. If our coffee culture wasn’t already on the world map, it will be after we host the World Coffee Championships.”

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Sucafina acquires MTC Group

MTC Group will join the Sucafina family in an announcement on 1 February confirming the company’s acquisition by the global trading company.

The MTC brand and its entire team will remain within the company, and in the short-term, little change is predicted for its operations.

Over the next few months, MTC Founder and current CEO Andrew Ford will personally oversee the transition through to settlement. Following that, Andrew will remain in an advisory support role for the remainder of the year. Read more

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