Low Brazil crop to drive Robusta deficit in 2016/17: Rabobank

The global coffee supply/demand balance will see a deficit in Robusta and a surplus in Arabica for the 2016/17 crop year, according to Rabobank’s first quarter Commodity Market Report for the coffee industry.

Overall, Dutch bank Rabobank is forecasting a small global deficit of 0.7 million bags for the coming crop year. This is a reduction on the bank’s previous forecast of a 3.7-million bag surplus, and comes on the back of lower-than-expected yields out of Brazil. Read more

Third series of Barista & Farmer commences 3 May

The time has come for barista Rosey Hill of D’Angelo Coffee in Adelaide to represent Australia in the third series of the Barista & Farmer talent show in Brazil.

For 10 days, Rosey will join nine other international baristas from 3 – 13 May and live the life of a coffee producer at O’Coffee company, located in Pedregulho, in the Alta Mogiana region in Lambari, Minas Gerais. Read more

ASCA Southern Region Barista Guild to host The Coffee Man screening

The Australian Specialty Coffee Association (ASCA) Southern Region Barista Guild will host a screening of The Coffee Man film on 14 June, starring Ona Coffee’s Sasa Sestic.

From 5pm the coffee community is invited to attend The Craft and Co on Smith Street in Collingwood, Victoria and participate in a cupping of Ona Coffees, sampled from regions featured in the film, followed by the screening of The Coffee Man. Read more

Australian Women in Coffee Association forms

Maria Paoli of Melbourne Coffee Tours is launching the Australian Women in Coffee Association.

“This association is about combining two important passions in my life: history in coffee and helping others,” Maria said. Read more


BeanScene to feature machine directory in June edition

A coffee machine is arguably the single most important piece of furniture a coffee venue possesses, be it a hole-in-the-wall café, mobile coffee van or dedicated coffee house.

Just like buying a car however, there are many key decisions to ponder before taking the plunge into what can be a café owner’s biggest investment. Budget, size, specifications, features, capacity, durability, output, quality and design considerations must be addressed. Read more

New Zealand Specialty Coffee AGM registration now open

The New Zealand Specialty Coffee Association (NZSCA) will host its Annual General Meeting on 27 May in Wellington.

The AGM from 8.30am – 3.30pm will discuss the association’s activities and achievements over the past year, and well as new initiatives for the coming year. Read more

Adelaide City Council calls for compulsory compostable takeaway cups in CBD

Adelaide City Council’s Sandy Verschoor is proposing a pilot program for Adelaide CBD cafés to use compostable-only or reusable takeaway coffee cups in exchange for financial or reward-based incentives.

The pilot program was motioned at Adelaide City Council’s general meeting on the evening of 12 April.

“I wanted to see if the council had an appetite for the idea, and they did. The response was fantastic. Everyone was supportive of the idea. There was not one rejection,” Sandy told BeanScene. Read more

Sensory Lab’s Ben Morrow wins London Coffee Masters

Sensory Lab’s Ben Morrow is the 2016 London Coffee Master’s champion.

Fresh from placing sixth in the World Latte Art Championship in Shanghai, China earlier this month, Ben competed in the London Coffee Festival’s second edition of the competition from 7 – 10 April at the Old Truman Brewery. Read more

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

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