ASCA to host workshops at The Rocks Aroma Festival

The Rocks Aroma Festival returns for its 19th year on Sunday 24 July.

The event will bring together some of the best brewers, baristas and boutique roasters from around Australia, and feature more than 60 coffee and gourmet food stallholders, food trucks, latte art competitions and demonstrations, pop-up bars, and performers. Read more

Women in Coffee hosts most successful event to date

Women in Coffee united on 30 June to celebrate and network with likeminded industry women.

Knight Mattingly Coffee Roasters and Three Sixty Espresso Academy hosted the evening event on 30 June, which took place at the Locale Lab in Abbotsford, Melbourne.

“These get togethers are a casual and fun opportunity for women in our industry to unite, make connections and share their stories with others,” said Debra Night of Knight Mattingly Coffee Roasters. “Together, women are unstoppable. We just need to support each other.” Read more

Brexit result delays SCAA unification vote

The Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) has delayed the vote on its proposed unification with the Specialty Coffee Association of Europe (SCAE) by two weeks after the United Kingdom voted to exit the European Union.

A vote among SCAA members on the proposed unification of their organisation with the SCAE was scheduled to take place from 27 June – 27 July, however those dates have now been moved to 5 July – 5 August. Read more

Simonelli Group and University of Camerino launch International Hub

The Simonelli Group and the University of Camerino in Italy have launched an International Hub for Coffee Research and Innovation.

Announced on 27 June, Simonelli Group says the International Hub was founded to support the entire global coffee chain in raising the professionalism and quality of espresso and cappuccinos, to encourage their consumption around the world, maximum consumer satisfaction, and help develop the market. Read more

Tetsu Kasuya of Japan wins 2016 World Brewers Cup

Tetsu Kasuya of Coffee Factory in Japan is the 2016 World Brewers Cup (WBrC) Champion.

After three attempts at a national title and his first presentation on the world stage, Tetsu can return to Japan with his head held high, in what has been a very successful World of Coffee Show for Japan. Fellow countryman Yoshikazu Iwase of Rec Collective was runner up in the World Barista Championship, just missing out on giving Japan the clean sweep of titles from Dublin. Read more

Berg Wu of Taiwan wins 2016 World Barista Championship

Berg Wu of Simple Kaffa in Taiwan is the 2016 World Barista Champion.

Berg won the coveted title on 25 June in Dublin, Ireland at the World of Coffee Show. After four days of intense competition from 61 national barista champions, Berg became the 17th coffee professional to win the prestigious coffee event, handing Taiwan its first World Barista Championship (WBC) win. Read more

Ona Coffee’s Hugh Kelly into WBC Semi Final

Australia’s Hugh Kelly has advanced into the Semi Finals of the 2016 World Barista Championship (WBC) in Dublin, Ireland.

Hugh competed on 22 June, finishing the first day of heats as the highest ranked competitor out of the other 31 baristas who competed on the day.

After the second day of heats with a further 31 presentations, the 12 top scoring baristas advancing to the next round were announced. Read more

Slater St Bench’s Devin Loong competes in first round of World Brewers Cup

Australia’s Devin Loong of Slater St Bench and the Bench Projects competed in the first day of the World Brewers Cup (WBrC) heats on 23 June.

Devin took the stage with confidence, despite a technical error with his music forcing him to commence his presentation without it.

He told the judges he wanted to “recreate” the amazing moment he tried a Panama Esmeralda Geisha coffee for the first time, and feel in love with coffee. Read more