The United Nations Association has presented Vittoria Food & Beverage CEO, Mr Leslie Schirato, with the UNAA Lifework – Individual 2016 award for his contributions to the Australian coffee, food and beverage industry.
Les was also cited for his services to the community and philanthropic contributions to health, youth, rural areas, social welfare and those less fortunate, as well as investing time and mentoring of youth in business and talent development.
The best Melbourne and Sydney’s cafés have been sampled and reviewed to make up this year’s Good Food Guide Café of the Year finalists.
It’s already been a big year for turmeric and matcha lattes, filter coffees, sweet treats and adventurous foods that have been pickled, grilled and torched – not to mention cafés spaces that mirror the architectural size of hotels and shoeboxes, and the year isn’t over yet.
The Age Good Food Guide has announced its top five finalists for the Café of the Year awards based on coffee and food quality, atmosphere and service. They include:
Glovers Station in Elsternwick
Higher Ground in Melbourne
Left Field in Carnegie
Mammoth in Armadale
Mayday Coffee & Food in Richmond
The Age Good Food Guide 2017 award night will take place on 12 September. The guide will be on sale in newsagents and bookstores from 13 September.
The Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) Good Food Guide Awards 2017 has also announced its Café of the Year finalists. They include:
Brickfields Cafe and Bakery in Chippendale
Edition Coffee Roasters in Darlinghurst
L’Americano Espresso Bar in Alexandria
Paramount Coffee Project in Surry Hills
Two Caps in Marrickville
To view the top 50 listed Sydney cafés click here.
The SMH Good Food Guide award night will take place on 5 September. The Guide will be on sale in newsagents and bookstores from 6 September.
Climate change is already putting production and cost pressures on the supply of coffee in significant parts of the producing world.
According to The Climate Institute’s A Brewing Storm: The climate change risks to coffee report, released on 29 August, increasing temperatures and extreme weather events will cut suitable coffee producing area by up to 50 per cent, erode coffee quality, and increase coffee prices for consumers. Read more
Melbourne’s The Forum theatre is usually home to live music acts, but on 11 August the space was transformed into a competition hub where Melbourne’s top latte artists united to compete in the Genovese Coffee Latte Art Smackdown in collaboration with the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF). Read more