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ATO: Employers need to get ready for JobKeeper now

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) says the new JobKeeper Payment has passed through parliament and it is working to assist employers access the scheme, helping them to retain their employees.

The program will be administered by the ATO and will involve employers checking that they are eligible and then enrolling with the ATO to be paid the JobKeeper payments. Employers will receive a monthly payment for each eligible employee who was paid by the business during the previous month. Read more

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Government releases Code of Conduct on commercial leasing during COVID-19

The National Cabinet has agreed to state and territory governments implementing a mandatory Code of Conduct relating to commercial leasing during COVID-19.

The purpose of the code is to impose a set of good faith leasing principles for application to commercial tenancies between landlords and tenants. It includes circumstances where the tenant is a small-medium sized business – with an annual turnover of up to $50 million – and fits the same criteria for the Commonwealth Government’s JobKeeper program. Read more

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Ona Coffee shares the Flavours of Autumn

Ona Coffee has released a new, dessert-inspired series of coffee blends named Flavours of Autumn.

Each of these three blends is inspired by a different dessert, and the Ona Coffee roasting team has selected and mixed various coffees together to replicate these desserts in the flavour profile of the blends. Read more

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Veneziano thinks long-term to reduce coronavirus impact

Social distancing and service restrictions have seen many cafés and roasters turn to new methods to connect with and service their customers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Veneziano Coffee Roasters is making the most of the situation, enabling digital platforms and touchpoints across its network to reach and connect with its customers. Read more

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#wearestrongertogether campaign to support producers hit by COVID-19

Coffee trader Minas Hill Coffee has announced the launch of its #wearestrongertogether (Juntos Somos Mais Fortes) initiative, which aims to help small farmers in Brazil.

Minas Hill hopes to raise the awareness of Australian coffee roasters of the need to buy specialty coffee, and to buy it from small producers. This will include the trader donating 50 cents from every kilogram of coffee it sells back to its farming partner, the Association of Producers from Alto da Serra (APAS). Read more


UberEats partners with R&CA to support local businesses

Restaurant & Catering Australia (R&CA) and UberEats have agreed to a partnership aimed at helping cafés, restaurants, and caterers succeed by leveraging the benefits of on-demand food delivery.

The immediate focus of the partnership will be helping venues enhance their digital presence as they convert to takeaway and home delivery in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. Read more

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The effect of hot and cold coffee brewing on light and dark roasts

Scientists from Thomas Jefferson University report that the content of potentially health-promoting antioxidants in coffee brewed without heat can significantly differ from a cup of coffee prepared with the same beans in a more traditional way, particularly for dark roasts.

“This study can inform coffee enthusiasts about how they may want to craft their own coffee at home, based on science and on analytical chemistry,” says Meghan Grim, an undergraduate student who worked on the project. Read more

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Arabica prices rise in March due to concerns over availability

According to the International Coffee Organization (ICO) March 2020 Coffee Market Report, prices for all Arabica group indicators increased due to concerns over the availability of that type of coffee.

Brazilian Naturals increased by 10 per cent to 112.87 US cents per pound, Other Milds by 9.5 per cent to 148.33 US cents per pound, and Colombian Milds by 8.6 per cent to 158.99 US cents per pound. Read more