California moves to clear coffee of cancer stigma

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA), has proposed a regulation to clear coffee of its toxic stigma.

The decision follows a review of more than 1000 studies published by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) that found “inadequate evidence” that drinking coffee causes cancer. Read more

Craig Simon of Veneziano Coffee makes Semi Finals of WBC

Craig Simon of Veneziano Coffee Roasters will compete in the Semi Finals of the 2018 World Barista Championship (WBC) on 22 June.

Craig competed in the first round of heats on 21 June at World of Coffee in Amsterdam, taking to station three with a 15-minute routine that had the judges drinking their milk beverages with straws and swirling Craig’s signature beverage like they were at a wine bar.  Read more

Experience top technology at World of Coffee

While thousands make their way to Amsterdam to enjoy the World Barista Championships, taking place until 23 June, don’t forget to explore all the new industry equipment on offer at World of Coffee.

At the La Marzocco stand, drop by booth #B34 | A27 and  discover the European premiere of Modbar AV. See the new reliable and consistent espresso machine that offers top brewing performance and an enhanced hospitality experience. Read more

ACE changes México COE auction date

The 2018 México Cup of Excellence (COE) auction has been postponed due to delayed shipping of some sample sets too close to the original auction date.

To give all bidders a fair chance, the Alliance for Coffee Excellence has updated the auction to the following dates: Read more

SCA announces Best New Product Winners at World of Coffee Amsterdam

The Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) has announce the winners of the Best New Product Awards at the 2018 World of Coffee trade show in Amsterdam.

The Best New Product Awards recognise new products judged on their quality and value to the specialty coffee and tea industry. The awards were presented to the winners of exhibiting companies during the World of Coffee trade show, taking place from 21 to 23 June.  Read more

COE Guatemala continues despite volcano eruption

The Alliance for Coffee Excellence (ACE) commenced its 14th edition of the Cup of Excellence (COE) in Guatemala City on 4 June despite the Fuego volcano eruption.

When the volcano erupted on 3 June, villages and coffee farms were affected, however Anacafé and ACE took the decision to complete the final stage of the COE competition, which started months before and is the culmination of hard work from farmers and all organisations involved.   Read more

ASCA to host Symposium on 29 July 

Following the success of the inaugural Australian Specialty Coffee Association (ASCA) Symposium in 2017, ASCA has announced its 2018 Symposium will return on 29 July.

The Symposium, taking place at Collective Roasting Solutions in Sydney, will focus on improving café business and is a great opportunity for café owners and their staff to learn more about financial growth, improving social media presence, staying happy and healthy in the workplace, planning the perfect menu, and promoting sustainability. Read more

Dining a top priority for domestic tourist, survey finds

Data from the most recent National Visitor Survey (NVS) released today has shown an increase in domestic tourists’ overnight spend on restaurant and takeaway meals, both in terms of the dollar amount and as a proportion of overall expenditure.

For the year ending March 2018, domestic tourists spent $10.6 billion on meals from restaurants and takeaway food outlets, up from $9.7 billion for the corresponding 12 months in 2017. This represented percentage growth of 9.3 per cent year-on-year. Read more

Let’s Talk Coffee 2018 registration now open

Early bird registration for Let’s Talk Coffee (LTC) 2018 is now open.

This year’s event will take place from 20 to 23 September in Cartagena, Colombia.

LTC is an intimate event exploring the cutting-edge of specialty coffee, building sustainable business relationships, and shining a light on the rising coffee region of Huila, Colombia. Read more