MICE2020 opens EOI for extended floorspace

Melbourne International Coffee Expo (MICE) 2020 organisers have announced they are in discussions with the venue to secure additional space.

“MICE2020 is shaping up to be the expo’s best year yet. We have seen increased interest from companies – both local and international – who want to present what they can offer to the Australian community,” MICE Show Director Lauren Winterbottom says.

“MICE2019 saw a new venue, more exhibitors, and higher attendance than any previous year. We can’t wait for MICE2020 to be even bigger.” Read more

Profitec Pro 700

Profitec upgrades Pro 700 espresso machine

The Profitec Pro 700 dual-boiler espresso machine has received a facelift and upgrade to its steam pressure.

Australian distributor Jetblack Espresso says the improvement in steam pressure elevates the Profitec Pro 700 V2 beyond most prosumer machines and even some commercial machines. Read more

Starbucks sign language China

Starbucks opens first sign language store in China

Starbucks has opened its first signing store in Guangzhou, China, in order to offer more employment opportunities to the deaf and hard of hearing community.

The coffee chain says the store will serve as a welcoming hub for those passionate about improving accessibility and experiences for all people and is located near the Guangdong Disabled Association and Guangdong Deaf People Association. Read more

The Grounds Eveleigh

The Grounds to open in Eveleigh

The Grounds has announced it will open a new site in South Eveleigh, New South Wales, in late 2020.

The site, in Eveleigh’s Australian Technology Park, will be The Grounds’ biggest yet, at 814 square metres and based in The Locomotive Workshop.

Head Roaster Nick Ferguson says The Grounds hopes to transform the space into a community hub, with a unique dining and coffee experience. Read more

Jibbi Little

Jibbi Little prepares for World Latte Art Championship

After earning her first Australian Latte Art Championship win in February, Jibbi Little of Jibbijug is ready to take her competition performance to the next level.

She will make her way to Germany in June for the World Latte Art Championship (WLAC), taking place at World of Coffee in Berlin. Read more

Fairtrade consumers values

GlobeScan study finds consumers see Fairtrade as reflection of personal values

A multi-country survey from research and advisory consultancy GlobeScan reveals that a majority of shoppers, including those in Australia and New Zealand, are familiar with Fairtrade and believe it reflects their values.

Of consumers who have seen the Fairtrade Mark occasionally or often, a significant proportion, 87 per cent in both Australia and NZ, have trust in the Fairtrade Mark and associate it with providing fair prices, a living income and helping farmers to escape from poverty. Fairtrade says these attributes are crucial to building trust. Read more

Coca-Cola Amatil recognised for sustainability efforts

Coca-Cola Amatil (CCA) has announced its the newest member of the Business Council for Sustainable Development Australia (BCSD Australia).

CCA has implemented a sustainability framework within the organisation, regularly reports on environmental performance, and has set up sustainability goals to be achieved by 2020. This includes maximising recycling, acting on climate change, and reducing the use of both sugar and unrecycled plastics across its product range. Read more

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