World Barista Championship

2019 World Barista Championship rules and regulations released

World Coffee Events (WCE) has released its updated rules and regulations for the 2019 World Barista Championship (WBC) and World Brewers Cup (WBrC).

The competitions will take place from 10 to 14 April at the Specialty Coffee Expo in Boston, United States. Due to the rapidly approaching date of the expo, WCE says the rules and regulations will be the same as the 2018 rules, with some very minor logistical clarifications.

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Gaggia Milano

Evoca Group announces Gaggia Milano relaunch

Coffee machine manufacturer Evoca Group announced the relaunch of Gaggia Milano, presenting a new range of machines at an event celebrating the brand’s 80thanniversary.

The event was held at Palazzo Bovara in Milan, and retraced and celebrated Gaggia Milano’s history and role in the coffee industry. Read more

Strange Café

Strange Café in Tokyo employs robot barista

Henn na Café (Strange Café) in Tokyo, Japan, has established a fully automated production line, using a robot named Sawyer to serve freshly-brewed filter coffee and a Melitta Cafina XT4 for espresso-based drinks.

Travel group H.I.S. has opened the café in Shibuya Modi department store. If the test project proves successful, further Henn na Cafés will be opened across Japan. H.I.S. operates nine Henn na Hotels which employ similar technology. Read more

Square Australia Coffee Report

Square Australia Coffee Report reveals country’s most popular coffee drink

The 2018 Square Australia Coffee Report has revealed that, despite total sales decreasing from 43 to 33 per cent since 2016, the latte remains the country’s most popular coffee drink.

Now in its third year, the annual report from point-of-sale platform Square and the Specialty Coffee Association collects consumer data to identify trends in the Australian coffee industry. Read more

Synesso

Xtracted Espresso Solutions announces importing partnership with Synesso

Equipment supplier Xtracted Espresso Solutions has announced the formation of a direct importing partnership with Seattle based espresso machine manufacturer Synesso.

This is the first time in 12 years that Synesso have opened its distribution channels in Australia. As the only independent importer and distributor of Synesso in Australia, Xtracted Espresso Solutions says it looks forward to having the machines available to a broader range of coffee roasters. Read more

Grinders Coffee

Grinders Coffee partners with Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race

On 10 December, Grinders Coffee Roasters announced the formation of a partnership with the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia (CYCA).

The partnership included naming-rights to the Grinders Coffee Solas Big Boat Challenge, which took place on 11 December in Sydney Harbour, and will see Grinders Coffee play a part in the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race from 27 December. Participants will be able to sample the Melbourne-roasted coffee at Constitution Dock, Tasmania. Read more

Specialty Coffee Expo

Registration opens for 2019 Specialty Coffee Expo

Registration is open for the 2019 Specialty Coffee Expo, taking place in Boston, United States from 11 to 14 April.

More than 500 exhibitors will attend the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA)-hosted event, including roasters, grower groups, equipment manufacturers, and auxiliary suppliers. Read more