Study suggests coffee lovers are born, not made

New research has found that a certain genetic variation can influence how much coffee a person drinks.

The study, which was published on the Nature journal’s Scientific Reports website, identified the gene PDSS2 as having a bearing on peoples’ enjoyment of coffee. Read more

ASCA Guilds to host Coffee Trivia Night

The Australian Specialty Coffee Association (ASCA) Barista and Roasters Guild are joining forces to host a Coffee Trivia Night on 12 September.

The event will take place at Sun Moth Bar, 28 Niagara Lane in Melbourne. Doors open 5pm, trivia starts 6pm.  Read more

Vittoria’s Les Schirato awarded United Nations Lifework Award

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.

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Café of the Year finalists revealed

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.

Good luck to all nominated cafés.

The Climate Institute releases report on climate change impacts to coffee quality and cost

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

Locale launches espresso art competition

Melbourne’s Locale Coffee is launching an espresso art competition, the Locale Art Project, from 1 September to 5 October.

The competition aims to encourage coffee lovers across Australia to create their own works of art using nothing more than espresso coffee. Read more

Danes Specialty Coffee to livestream IGLAC

Danes Specialty Coffee is ready to crown the 2016 International Grand Latte Art Champion.

The fast, intense, fun and spectator-friendly latte art competition is taking place on 19 August. But if you can’t make it to Chatswood, New South Wales for the event, don’t worry. Read more

Ben Morrow wins Genovese Coffee MIFF Latte Art Smackdown

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

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