Turning coffee waste into cups

Macquarie PhD student Dominik Kopp believes he’s found a way to turn coffee waste into biodegradable plastic coffee cups.

Dominik has developed a method to turn coffee grounds into lactic acid, which can be used to produce biodegradable plastics. Dominik is now refining the process as he finishes his PhD. Read more

Cooks Global Foods acquires Mojo Coffee Cartel

Cooks Global Foods has entered into a conditional agreement to acquire New Zealand’s Mojo Coffee Cartel.

The transaction values the roastery at NZD $19 million (about AUD $17 million), to be paid through a combination of cash and shares.

“Mojo is a well-established, popular, profitable business with a highly-successful brand with a network of 36 cafes in Wellington and Auckland,” says Keith Jackson, Cooks’ Executive Chairman. Read more

Island Whole Foods

Win a Phillip Island café for $15

Phillip Island café owners Laura and Matt McNamara have put Island Whole Foods up for raffle so they can travel Australia and help one lucky winner own a café for just a $15 investment.

“A close friend of ours had heard of a resort in Panama being raffled off and thought it could be done with our business,” Laura says.

“It caught me by surprise because I’d never really heard of it before but then I started to understand how we could possibly change someone’s life while also moving onto the next chapter of ours.”

To be in the running to win the debt-free business, complete with $10,000 in cash, $4000 stock and all of the café’s equipment, customers must buy a $15 Raw Golden Chocolate bar either at Island Whole Foods or on its website. Read more

Let’s Talk Coffee announces Rwanda event for 2019

Let’s Talk Coffee (LTC) will host a regional event in Rwanda in June 2019.

The event will focus on Rwanda’s rising specialty coffee sector and meeting the industry leaders powering its growth.

LTC Rwanda will be Sustainable Harvest’s major event for 2019, taking place in between LTC’s biennial global events. Read more

Merlo Coffee to open flagship roastery in Melbourne

Merlo Coffee has announced it will open a new flagship store and roastery to be launched in Melbourne later this year.

“Though we supply cafés all over Victoria, we’ll set up our new Melbourne home in the inner city so that Merlo fans can drop in and see how it all happens,” says Chris Read, Merlo Coffee National Sales Manager.

The Brisbane-based, independently owned coffee operation has set its sights on more than doubling its Melbourne roasting for the local wholesale and retail market. Read more

Coffee Masters – New York applications close soon

Time is running out for Australian participants to apply for Coffee Masters – New York with applications closing 31 August.

Coffee Masters is a fast-paced, multi-disciplinary global barista tournamentwhich sees 16 top baristas from across the globe test their skills in six different challenges that emulate the busy working environment of a professional barista.

The competition will take place at the New York Coffee Festival, which will be held from 12 to 14 October. Read more

Lavazza chooses Australia for new product launch

Due to a growing demand for organic coffee, the Lavazza Group has selected Australia to be the first market in the world to launch its new Tierra bio-organic beans, a new product for the Tierra brand.

Nielsen data reveals Australians are the highest consumers of organic coffee in terms of value share in the world, sitting at 12.8 per cent.

Denmark comes close second at 11.6 per cent, Canada at 11 per cent, with the US trailing at 2.3 per cent. Read more

Cold Brew coffee by Julius Meinl

Julius Meinl launches cold brew and iced tea range

Vienesse coffee roaster Julius Meinl is expanding its cold drinks offerings with the launch of a new Cold Brew coffee range for hotels, restaurants and cafés globally.

“We’re incredibly proud to be launching our latest innovations,” says Christina Meinl, Julius Meinl’s Head of Innovation and Vice President of the global Specialty Coffee Association.

“Several years in planning – from the search for perfect coffee bean farm lots, to testing optimal brewing times and piloting the concept in select markets to gauge consumer reactions – our cold drinks offering has been a labour of love for the brand.” Read more

Seven Miles to host Generation Automation event

Seven Miles Coffee Roasters will host a Generation Automation event on Tuesday 21 August at its Manly Vale roastery. 

At the free event, Seven Miles will ask participants: can an automatic machine really do the job of a skilled barista? Read more

MICE launches an Espresso Bar – participants wanted

The Melbourne International Coffee Expo (MICE) will create a dedicated Espresso Bar for the first time in 2019.

The Espresso Bar will offer roasters the opportunity to showcase their coffee in half-day blocks across the three days of MICE2019, taking place from 7 to 9 February, 2019.

To make it easy, MICE is taking care of the build, roasters just need to bring their coffee. Read more