National Barista Day

Almond Breeze Barista Blend launches National Barista Day

Almond Breeze Barista Blend has announced the launch of Australia’s first National Barista Day on 1 March, 2019.

With the soon-to-be annual event, Almond Breeze Barista Blend celebrates the people behind the beans and machines who are keeping Australia’s booming coffee scene thriving, one expert pour at a time.

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Bureaux Collective

Bureaux Collective to host Taste of London

The Bureaux Collective will showcase the best of the British coffee scene when it hosts Taste of: London at its Abbotsford workspace on 28 February.

“London for some time has been producing some of the very best sourced and roasted coffee, and we’re excited to show you,” Tim Varney of the Bureaux Collective says.

“We’re spoilt for choice when it comes to great coffee in London, but we’ve managed to whittle it down to what we think are the top five roasters.”

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Hospitality apprenticeship program

Hospitality apprenticeship program receives $1.1 million grant from Vic Govt

Restaurant & Catering Australia (R&CA) has received a $1.1 million grant from the Victorian Government to fund a new hospitality apprenticeship program.

R&CA CEO Juliana Payne says the project, titled Workforce Training Innovation Fund: Building New Quality Hospitality Apprentice Pathways in Victoria, will help to significantly improve current uptake of apprenticeships in Victoria’s burgeoning hospitality industry. 

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Pete Licata

Former World Barista Champion Pete Licata joins Nomad Coffee Group

Nomad Coffee Group has announced that 2013 World Barista Champion Pete Licata will join its team as Research and Development Coffee Consultant. 

Pete will join the Nomad Coffee Group team with a clear goal of championing and deepening the coffee culture, knowledge and passion across the Group’s three brands: Veneziano Coffee Roasters, Coffee Hit, and Black Bag Roasters. 

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Jibbi Little Milklab Barista Battle

Jibbi Little wins Milklab Barista Battle Series Final

Jibbi Little of Jibbijug in New South Wales has won an all-expenses paid trip to Vietnam in the final of the Milklab Barista Battle Series at the 2019 Melbourne International Coffee Expo (MICE) on 8 February.

Andy Tseng of Darkstar Coffee in Western Australia placed second, Roberth Villanueva of Art Roberth Studios placed third, and Corey Williams of West End Coffee Society placed fourth in the competition final.

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Jibbi Little

Jibbi Little wins Australian Latte Art Championship

Jibbi Little of jibbijug in New South Wales has won the Australian Specialty Coffee Association (ASCA) 2019 Australian Pauls Professional Latte Art Championship.

This marks Jibbi’s fifth attempt at the Australian Latte Art Championship title, placing second most recently in 2018.

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MJ Kim

MJ Kim of Shamble Coffee Brewers wins 2019 Cup Tasters Championship

MJ Kim of Shamble Coffee Brewers in Melbourne has won the Australian Specialty Coffee Association (ASCA) 2019 Australian TCX Cup Tasters Championship.

Juwon Jung of Mikro Coffee Roasters in Victoria placed second, and Matthew Smithies of Five Senses Coffee in Western Australia placed third in the competition, held at the 2019 Melbourne International Coffee Expo from 7 to 9 February.

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Yanina Ferreyra of Project Origin wins Australian Brewers Cup Championship

Yanina Ferreyra of Project Origin is the 2019 Australian Specialty Coffee Association Australian Brewers Cup Champion.

In her first national brewers cup competition, Yanina claimed top honours with two-time Australian Brewers Cup Champion Devin Loong of Ona Coffee placing second, and David Train of Code Black Coffee placing third.

“I’m still pretty overwhelmed. I’m not sure if it’s beginners luck. I can’t believe it,” Yanina says.

Yanina started working in the Australian coffee industry in 2010 and entered her first barista competition in 2016, in which she made the finals.

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Melbourne to host 2020 World Barista Championship 

Melbourne has won the bid to host the 2020 World Barista and Brewers Cup Championships.

More than 85 licensed national barista champions from across the world will descend on Australia’s coffee capital when the prestigious coffee competitions take place at the Melbourne International Coffee Expo (MICE) from 4 to 7 May, 2020.

“We can’t wait to welcome the global coffee community to Melbourne,” says MICE Show Director Simon Coburn.

“Australia is a renowned coffee destination, and now we’ll get to present our sophisticated coffee culture to a global audience. If our coffee culture wasn’t already on the world map, it will be after we host the World Coffee Championships.”

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