Melbourne International Coffee Expo

World and Australian firsts to take place at MICE2019

There’s just three weeks to go until the coffee industry unites to celebrate all things coffee at the Melbourne International Coffee Expo (MICE) from 7 to 9 February.

Australia’s favourite coffee event will see companies from in and outside the country launch products and services for the first time in Australia, and in some cases, the world.

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Starbucks Indonesia

Starbucks Indonesia unveils Dewata Coffee Sanctuary

Starbucks Indonesia opened the doors to its Dewata Coffee Sanctuary on 12 January.

The store pays tribute to the important role that Indonesia, the fourth largest Arabica coffee growing region in the world, plays in bringing Starbucks customers their coffees.


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St Ali

St Ali to host official MICE After Party

The official after party of the 2019 Melbourne International Coffee Expo (MICE) will be held at Mercedes me in the Melbourne CBD on 9 February.

Attendees to the St Ali-hosted after party will be given a complementary coffee cocktailupon arrival by Starward Whisky served through a La Marzocco Linea mini coffee machine.

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Pauls Professional

Pauls Professional announces latte art competition with prize worth $1000

Pauls Professional has opened entries to a latte art competition, to be judged at the Melbourne International Coffee Expo (MICE) 2019 from 7 to 9 February, with a $1000 prize via EFTPOS gift cards.

The runner-up will receive $500 worth of EFTPOS gift cards, and third place will receive $250 via EFTPOS gift cards. An Instagram Favourite will also win $250 through EFTPOS gift cards.

Entries are open online via Instagram and in person at MICE. 

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coffee extinction

Sixty per cent of coffee species in danger of extinction

Scientists at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in the United Kingdom have revealed that 60 per cent of all wild coffee species are under threat of extinction in two papers published in Science Advances and Global Change Biology.

This includes the wild relative of Coffea arabica, the world’s most widely traded coffee, which has entered The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List as an Endangered species, largely due to climate change projections.

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plastic straws

Coca-Cola to stop distributing plastic straws

Coca-Cola Amatil has announced that from February, it will no longer distribute plastic straws or stirrers in Australia.

Instead, the company will stock fully recyclable and biodegradable Forest Stewardship Council-accredited paper straws, sourced from suppliers BioPak and Austraw.

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coffee cups

South Australian Government considers banning takeaway coffee cups

The South Australian Government has revealed it’s considering banning takeaway coffee cups and other single-use plastic products with the release of a new discussion paper.

The Turning the Tide on Single-Use Plastic Products discussion paper seeks feedback on whether the government should introduce measures to tackle a range of single-use items, including coffee cups. The paper asks whether government intervention is required for these items and in what form it could take.

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Grinders Coffee

Grinders Coffee joins Tour Down Under

Grinders Coffee Roasters has extended its relationship with the Tour Down Under, announcing a new three-year major partnership with the South Australian cycling event.

“As every bike enthusiast will testify, coffee and cycling are the perfect marriage.  There’s no surer sign of a great café than a lycra-clad flock enjoying a caffeine break and a brief respite from the saddle,” said Grinders Coffee’s State Manager George Haralabakis as pre-event festivities kicked off at the City of Adelaide Tour Village.

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