elida estate geisha

Elida Estate natural ASD Geisha makes Best of Panama auction history at US$1029 per pound

After setting a new record for the highest score in the 2019 Best of Panama (BoP) competition in May, Elida Estate’s natural Geisha has done the same in the BoP auction on 17 July, selling for US$1029 per pound (about $1464).

Buyers of the coffee include the Japanese Saza Coffee in Japan, Taiwanese Black Gold, OK Lao, Haaya Gourmet Coffee, HWC Roasters, and On The Up, British Difference Coffee, American Klatch Coffee, Willoughby’sCoffee & Tea, and Dragonfly, Chinese Coffee Tech and Grand Cru Coffee, Malaysian The Hub Coffee, and Australian Aroma Coffee. Read more

Slingshot Carimali

Slingshot grinders forms European joint venture with Carimali

Australian grinder manufacturer Slingshot has entered a joint venture with Italian coffee machine manufacturer Carimali to to spread its reach to Europe.

“The two brands will continue to operate separately while leveraging on mutual strengths and competences,” Carimali says in a public release. Read more

Host Milano specialty coffee

Host Milano exhibitors discuss specialty coffee training and education

Italian trade fair Host Milano says with specialty coffee gaining increased recognition around the world, ongoing professional development and knowledge in fields the barista is not always familiar with is becoming increasingly important.

Mary Mauro, CEO of the Milan-based café consultancy Sevengrams and Host Milano exhibitor, says training has always played a key role in what her company does. Read more

ASCA announces additional regional comp placements

The Australian Specialty Coffee Association (ASCA) has announced it will release six additional tickets in each of its regional Cup Tasters Championships, due to increasing demand for the competition.

The additional tickets will go on sale from 18 July. Click HERE for more. Read more


Fight homelessness with CafeSmart this August

The coffee community is set to reunite once again with StreetSmart Australia’s annual CafeSmart campaign to help combat homelessness on 9 August.

Participating cafés donate $1 from every coffee sold, directly supporting smaller grassroots homeless charities.

CafeSmart aims to help break the mould of prejudice surrounding homelessness and works to support those who are at risk or are homeless. Read more

Lelit VIctoria

Lelit Victoria offers endless steam from a single boiler

The Lelit Victoria is the latest single boiler espresso machine to be developed by the prosumer coffee machine specialist based in Milan, Italy.

The Victoria includes several new features, such as an auto-fill boiler, proportional–integral–derivative temperature control, electronic pre-infusion, shot timer, and self-cleaning function. Read more

NT Breezey masters

Nelson Lin of Café Central wins NT Breezey Masters

Nelson Lin of Café Central has won the 2019 Northern Territory Breezey Masters, held at Kopi Stop in Darwin in June.

Laneway Specialty Coffee’s Tricia Wong, Nikki Chen, Kit Han Tsang from Kopi Stop, and Soul Origin’s Louis Vo rounded out the top five. Read more

Bureaux Collective pub quiz

Sign up for The Great Coffee Pub Quiz

Bureaux Collective is hosting a coffee-themed trivia night at its Abbotsford venue on 25 July to celebrate its third anniversary.

The Great Coffee Pub Quiz will see 20 teams of six meet in a battle of the minds, where every question is about coffee and Anita Smith of Cherry Tree Hotel’s Mrs. Smith’s Trivia presides as quizmaster. Read more

World Coffee Producers Forum

World Coffee Producers Forum releases final declaration

The second World Coffee Producers Forum (WCPF) has concluded on 11 July in Campinas, Brazil with more than 1500 visitors from over 30 countries in attendance.

The WCPF declared that while its first edition raised worldwide awareness to the need for economic sustainability in global coffee supply, there has not been effective engagement from the other sectors in the value chain to improve coffee producers’ remuneration. Read more

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