World AeroPress Championship to take place 23 June

Fifty-two national AeroPress champions from across the globe will compete for a golden piston and title of 2016 World AeroPress Champion on Thursday 23 June.

The goal of the contest is to identify the brewer of the tastiest cup of coffee, made using the Aerobie AeroPress. Read more

ASCA to host cupping workshop at The Rocks

The Australian Specialty Coffee Association (ASCA) will host a coffee cupping workshop at The Rocks in Sydney on 30 June.

Ahead of The Rocks Aroma Festival on 24 July, ASCA will teach attendees all the tricks of the trade to cupping, with many delicious varieties of coffee on display.  Read more

Cup of Excellence winners announced for Costa Rica, Guatemala and Honduras

Francisco Alejandro Mena Vilchez from Monte Llano Bonito farm in Naranjo, Cirri, Lourdes has set a new record for Costa Rica.

With a score of 93.41, Francisco’s Lote La Ladera farm received the highest score ever presented for a COE Costa Rican coffee.

Every international cupper in the May event scored this winning coffee with more than 90 points. Read more

Almond Breeze launches Breezey Grand Masters competition

Almond Breeze is launching a nationwide latte art competition to find the 2016 Breezey Grand Master.

The first of eight rounds of competition will take place in Darwin in June, and will progress around the nation ahead of a Grand Final in Sydney in October. Baristas will be asked to pour their most creative design using the Almond Breeze Barista Blend. Read more

Swinburne University of Technology to turn coffee grounds into roads

Swinburne University of Technology engineers are experimenting with the potential to turn used coffee grounds into a building material for road construction.

Swinburne University Professor Arul Arulrajah and PhD candidate Teck-Ang Kua have found a way to incorporate ground coffee in road infrastructure by compressing a mixture of coffee grounds and slag (a metal byproduct) with a liquid alkaline solution to create a product as strong as those made using cement. Read more

Service Sphere to host water talk

Service Sphere will host a ‘What’s in the waters’ event on 15 June.

From 8.30am to 10.30am attendees will learn about Australia’s water conditions, water filtration and its relevance in the coffee industry, basic water chemistry, types of water filtrations related to the coffee industry, learn about common misconceptions about water quality, and discover how to test water for Total Dissolved Solids (TDS), pH, and carbonate hardness. Read more

Call for ASCA judges

The Australian Specialty Coffee Association (ASCA) Southern Region Barista Guild is in search of judges to participate in the 2016 Victorian Regional Barista Competition Geelong from 16 – 17 July.

The event will be held in Geelong, Victoria, in association with The Harwood Andrews Golden Plate Awards. Read more

FNC launches new system for direct export of small quantities of Colombian coffee

The Colombian Coffee Growers Federation (FNC) has launched a new system enabling the export of their coffee in small quantities via international shipping and express courier companies.

In an effort to promote direct coffee sales and increase the income of producers, the FNC has developed a system whereby registered exporters can now export up to 60 kilograms of green Colombian coffee, 50.4 kilograms of roasted coffee, 23 kilograms of instant coffee, or 23 kilograms of coffee extract all using an online portal. Read more

World Animal Protection calls for ban on caged civet coffee cats

Demand for the world’s most expensive coffee is on the rise, and is leading to increased cases of animal cruelty, World Animal Protection says.

Civet coffee or Kopi Luwak as it is known in Indonesia, is produced across the island of Bali by civet cats. According to World Animal Protection, the cats are poached from the wild and kept in cramped barren cages to produce gourmet coffee for visiting tourists. Read more

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