ASCA announces 2019 Monin Australian Coffee in Good Spirits Championship

The Australian Specialty Coffee Association (ASCA) 2019 Monin Australian Coffee in Good Spirits (CIGS) Championship will be held at Manly Spirits Co in New South Wales on 2 May.

CIGS promotes innovative beverage recipes that showcase coffee and spirits in a competition format. Competitors must make a signature beverage and Irish coffee using Manly Spirits Co’s Terra Firma vodka. Read more

Federal Budget to back small businesses

Small businesses are set to benefit from the 2019-20 Federal Budget announcement, with the instant asset write-off scheme threshold increased from $25,000 to $30,000 per asset. Read more

Veneziano Coffee Richmond

Veneziano creates end-to-end specialty coffee experience

With the coffee industry constantly trying to bring something new to market, Veneziano Coffee Roasters has its sights on delivering customers an end-to-end specialty coffee experience.

Its new flagship café, Veneziano Coffee Richmond, is an 80-seat dining space placed in the heart of its River Street roastery, training studio and headquarters. Read more

Cup of Excellence Colombia

Cup of Excellence Colombia reports record result

Paul Kevin Doyle of Mikava farm placed first in the Cup of Excellence (COE) Colombia North, with a record-breaking high score of 92.71 for a natural processed Gesha from the Risaralda region.

As well as topping last year’s record score of 91.35, Doyle’s Gesha is the first natural to take the top spot for Colombia. Read more

Ever Meister Knowledge Talks

Ever Meister discusses traceability and marketing at Knowledge Talks

Ever Meister, Managing Editor of Cafe Imports, has wrapped up the 13th instalment of Toby’s Estate Knowledge Talks.

Meister travelled to Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, and Perth from 27 March to 2 April to talk about traceability, its relationship to quality and price, and the ethics of sharing producers’ information. Read more

Coffee Quality Institute

Coffee Quality Institute appoints new CEO

The United States-based Coffee Quality Institute (CQI) has announced it has appointed Dr Tina Yerkes as its new Chief Executive Officer.

“I am honoured and excited to have been chosen to lead CQI into its next phase. There is a great deal of passion in the CQI staff and board, and I am convinced we will grow programs and partnerships significantly over the next several years as we strive for greater impact on coffee quality and the farming communities who depend on this industry for their livelihoods,” Yerkes said. Read more

World Coffee Producers Forum price

World Coffee Producers Forum declares need for action on coffee price

World Coffee Producers Forum organisers have released an official declaration calling for serious and immediate action to be taken on the historically low international coffee price.

Thirteen coffee producers’ groups, including the Federación Nacional de Cafeteros de Colombia (FNC), are listed on the declaration. Read more

study coffee alert

Study finds thinking about coffee makes you more alert

According to a new University of Toronto (U of T) study, just being reminded of coffee can cause a person to become more alert and attentive.

“Coffee is one of the most popular beverages and a lot is known about its physical effects,” says Sam Maglio, co-author of the study, and Associate Professor in the Department of Management at U of T Scarborough and Rotman School of Management. Read more

International Women’s Coffee Alliance Australia hosts first Cup for Balance

The International Women’s Coffee Alliance (IWCA) Australia has partnered with The Little Marionette to host its first Cup for Balance tasting event on 11 April at 6pm.

The Cup for Balance facilitates local and global partnerships within the coffee supply chain, while also encouraging women in coffee to share, support and learn from each other.

The IWCA says its mission is to empower women in the international coffee community to achieve meaningful and sustainable lives, and to encourage and recognise the participation of women in all aspects of the coffee industry.

Tickets are $10 or free for members.

The Little Marionette is located at 26D Mansfield St in Rozelle, New South Wales.

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Re:co Boston speakers released

Re:co (Regarding Coffee) has announced its full line up of speakers for its Specialty Coffee Symposium in the United States from 9 to 11 April, in Boston. Read more

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