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
Following the success of web shop platform shipsbeans.com, software solutions provider Cropster has launched shipsbeans.com/getcoffee, a free, open directory customers can search to find coffee in their neighbourhood or across the world. Read more
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
Coffee trader Southland Merchants will host the first episode of a new Instagram Live series featuring Brazilian coffee industry members on 15 April at 7pm, Adelaide time.
The first episode of Coffee chat on rocky times will see Southland Merchants talk to producer Leonardo Montesanto Tavares, who placed first in the 2018 Cup of Excellence Brazil Naturals and second in the 2019 Cup of Excellence Brazil. Read more
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
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
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
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