Tim Adams and Shae Macnamara to host workshop at Fine Food Queensland

Fine Food Queensland will take place at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre from 10 – 12 April.

Fine Food Queensland is the regional trade food show with a focus on the foodservice, retail and hospitality industry of Queensland.

From sustainable packaging to baking secrets, event organisers say this year’s show promises to bring the best of the state’s producers and businesses to the forefront of the food and hospitality industry. Read more

The Coffee Man to make world premiere 18 May

A movie documenting Sasa Sestic’s 2015 World Barista Championship (WBC) win will make its world premiere in Australia on 18 May.

Titled, “The Coffee Man”, the film explores the world of specialty coffee and the lengths Sasa went to in pursuit of the world championship title in Seattle, United States.

The movie sees Sasa trekking across the globe from Ethiopia to Colombia to Seattle, searching for the best beans, smuggling milk into the US, and outclassing almost 52 competitors on the world competition stage. Read more

Tea Masters Cup comes to Australia

The inaugural international Tea Masters Cup to be held in Australia is set to showcase Australian talent in brewing and serving tea.

Initially launched in Moscow in 2013, Tea Masters Cup is an exciting new international competition for tea professionals. National championships have already been held in Russia, Belarus, Latvia, Ukraine, Turkey, Vietnam, South Korea, and soon Australia will be added to the list. Read more

Australia makes World Coffee Championship Finals

Sensory Lab’s Ben Morrow and Grinders Coffee’s Shae Macnamara have both made the finals of their respective coffee championship events in Shanghai, China.

Ben will represent Australia in the Final Round of the World Latte Art Championship (WLAC) on 1 April, after passing the Art Bar round with his Hungry Hummingbird design, and then the preliminary round. Read more

New varieties to boost Australian coffee industry

Six new coffee varieties suited to subtropical growing conditions in Australia will be imported from Colombia and Brazil in a bid to stimulate the local industry.

The varieties will be trialled following negotiations between Australian, Colombian and Brazilian coffee industry officials. Read more

ASCA acknowledges Melissa Caia and Lucy Ward with Eleonora Genovese Awards

Melissa Caia and Lucy Ward are the first recipients of the Australian Specialty Coffee Association’s (ASCA) Eleonora Genovese Coffee Women Awards.

In conjunction with the Genovese family, ASCA introduced the Eleonora Genovese Coffee Woman of the Year, and Rising Star Award, to honour the legacy of Eleonora and recognise the women following in her footsteps. Read more

Georgina Lumb of Patio Coffee Roasters wins Australian AeroPress Championship

On the morning of 17 March, Georgina Lumb went to work at Patio Coffee Roasters in Adelaide a Training Manager. That evening, she left Proud Mary Coffee Roasters in Melbourne as the Australian AeroPress Champion.

“How did this happen?” Georgina asked BeanScene post win. “This is crazy. I only get to see my sister in Scotland once every two years and now that I’m going to Dublin I’m so excited I’ll get to see her.” Read more

MICE to crown 2016 Australia Barista Champion

The Melbourne International Coffee Expo (MICE) is currently underway at the Melbourne Showgrounds, with the presentation of the 2016 Australian Specialty Coffee Association (ASCA) Coffee Champions taking place on 19 March.

The presentation of the Australian Coffee In Good Spirits, Pura Latte Art, Huhtamaki Cup Tasters Championship and Brewer’s Cup will take place on the ASCA stage in the Grand Pavillion at 3pm on Saturday following the final of the Australian Barista Championship. Read more