ASCA Western Regionals to be held at Double Shot Coffee Fiesta

The City of Unley in South Australia has announced it will hold its annual Double Shot Coffee Fiesta at the Soldiers Memorial Gardens on 4 November.

“The City of Unley is endorsing South Australia nationally as a coffee destination and breeding ground for new talent,” Acting Unley Mayor Peter Hughes says.

“The newfound appreciation for quality coffee has been made more accessible thanks to Double Shot’s connections with industry favourites.”

The festival will include the Australian Specialty Coffee Association 2019 Western Region Coffee Championships, held in the Unley Town Hall, for the third year. Read more

Jack Simpson of Axil Coffee Roasters wins ASCA Southern Region Barista Championship

Jack Simpson of Axil Coffee Roasters has won the Australian Specialty Coffee Association (ASCA) Southern Region Barista Championship, held at Criteria Coffee in Victoria from 13 to 14 October.

I was not expecting to win,” Jack says. “I spilled an espresso and had to remake a handle.

“I wasn’t sure how that was going to go. Obviously, I’m glad I remade it.” Read more

Zhao Ting Wu of Cote Terra wins ASCA Southern Region Latte Art Championship

Zhao Ting Wu of Cote Terra Coffee in Oakleigh, Melbourne, has won the Australian Specialty Coffee Association (ASCA) Southern Region Latte Art Championship, held at Criteria Coffee in Victoria from 13 to 14 October.

“This has been a very long journey,” Ting Wu says. “It feels good to finally achieve what I wanted.”

Aum Phithakphon of Hardware Société placed second and Victor Vu of Veneziano Coffee placed third. Read more

Juwon Jung of Mikro Coffee Roasters wins ASCA Southern Region Cup Tasters Championship

Juwon Jung of Mikro Coffee Roasters in Torquay, Victoria, has won the Australian Specialty Coffee Association (ASCA) Southern Region Cup Tasters Championship, held at Criteria Coffee in Victoria from 13 to 14 October.

“It’s exciting [to win] but a little bit scary too,” Juwon says.

Little Rogue’s MJ Kim and Chanjoo Kim placed second and third respectively. Read more

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Devin Loong of Ona Coffee wins second ASCA Southern Region Brewers Cup Championship 

Devin Loong of Ona Coffee has won his second Australian Specialty Coffee Association (ASCA) Southern Region Brewers Cup Championship.

David Train of Code Black Coffee placed second and Shen Choy of Cote Terra Coffee Roasters placed third in the competition, held at Criteria Coffee in Melbourne.

“I’m so happy I got to use the same coffee I used at this year’s National Brewers Cup Championship and do it justice,” Devin says. “I was really sick at nationals. I couldn’t smell the aroma nor taste the coffee, and I had no voice. I had to reply on my team to present the flavour descriptors. Thankfully, I did well and I did it justice today.” Read more

Ona Coffee releases WBC-winning CM Selections Tasting Flight

Ona Coffee has released the CM Selections Tasting Flight, which includes several coffees used at the 2018 World Barista Championship (WBC).

The tasting flight is made up of three 200-gram bags of coffee from the CM Selections series, each roasted to suit a different preparation method.

The series, sourced from Project Origin, takes its name from carbonic maceration, the process used to create each coffee’s flavour profile. This method uses controlled fermentation to develop the flavour profiles of each coffee. Read more

Mr Black appoints Martin Hudak as Global Coffee Ambassador

Mr Black Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur has announced 2017 World Coffee in Good Spirits Champion Martin Hudak as its first Global Coffee Ambassador.

“Martin’s passion for coffee and mixology is absolutely contagious. His edge and understanding of coffee, spirits, bartenders, and baristas are second to none in the drinks industry. We’re delighted to have him join our mission to take craft coffee into the night,” Mr Black Co-Founder Tom Baker says. Read more

Seven Miles celebrates 50th anniversary with roastery tour

On 20 October, Seven Miles Coffee Roasters will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a tour of its Manly Vale roastery.

From 9am to 12pm, Seven Miles will open its doors to locals, giving them a look at what goes into creating its coffee.

The half-hourly behind-the-scenes tours will feature coffee tastings of different blends and styles of coffee. Read more

BioPak helps Perth café divert more than 33,000 kilograms of waste

Perth café Yelo has diverted 33,095 kilograms of waste from landfill and created 23 tonnes of compost since signing up to BioPak’s composting service in June.

Yelo Owner Mike Pond says the service allows patrons to enjoy the convenience of disposable takeaway packaging, including coffee cups, while doing the right thing by the environment.

“This is a fantastic initiative, which we believe will help divert potentially tonnes of waste away from landfills and turned into composting that can be used for commercial-level agriculture – at no cost to our customers,” Mike says. “In fact, the composting service will save us more than 20 per cent a year in waste bills.” Read more