Califia Farms launches Oat Barista Blend into retail

Following the successful launch of Califia Farms Oat Barista Blend into coffee shops last year, including across the Toby’s Estate café network, the plant milk is now also available to purchase in IGA supermarkets and other independent retailers nationwide.

Califia Farms Australia says the move comes after an increasing demand for plant-based milk nationally and globally, with oat milk the latest trend in the dairy alternative category. Read more

People more likely to visit cafés that enforce health measures

A survey by Toluna and Harris Interactive has found that Australians are more likely to visit cafés, bars, and restaurants that enforce COVID-19 related health measures.

With the daily rate of new infections plummeting and restrictions lifting, life in Australia is starting to return to normal. However, the research reveals that Australians are bracing for a second wave, and plan to go out less than they did pre-pandemic. Read more

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How do I like my coffee? It’s personal

A barista-style latte is an essential part of Jo De Bono’s daily routine. Her fully-automatic is set on timer so that by the time’s she’s downstairs and ready to start her morning, so is her coffee machine.

“I have a café quality coffee every morning with the press of a button. It’s exactly the way I like it and perfect, every time,” says the Melbourne-based Graphic Designer. Read more

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VIC and NSW loosen café restrictions

The Victorian and New South Wales governments have announced further easing of café restrictions imposed during COVID-19.

From 11:59pm on 21 June, Victorian cafés and restaurants will be able to increase their number of patrons to 50. Read more

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Prior Thornbury reopens its doors to the public

As the hospitality industry prepares to open its doors, Prior Thornbury in Victoria is welcoming the chance to reconnect with its neighbourhood.

Much to the delight of Thornbury locals, Prior Thornbury has reopened its doors for dine-in customers, welcoming them into a beautiful space and serving up a “mouth-watering menu to match”. Read more

Flooding and landslides devastate Nyabihu, Rwanda coffee farmers

On 7 May 2020, devastating rains, flooding, and heavy mudslides hit the Nyabihu District in northern Rwanda. Nyabihu is home to the families that produce the popular Shyira and Vunga coffees.

Social coffee enterprise Raw Material is deeply saddened to report that 28 members of these communities lost their lives in the flood. Physical losses include at least 325 homes, livestock, coffee trees, and other crops. Vital community and utility infrastructure was destroyed, including 36 classrooms, 12 churches, a healthcare centre, the Vunga market, and electrical and water supplies. Read more