Product Innovation Awards

MICE2019 announces Product Innovation Awards finalists

There’s just one week to go until the coffee industry unites to celebrate all things coffee at the 2019 Melbourne International Coffee Expo (MICE).

Australia’s largest dedicated coffee event, taking place from 7 to 9 February at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, will shine a light on the country’s booming coffee industry, and highlight the best of what Australia has to offer the rest of the world.

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New Zealand Barista Championship

New Zealand Barista Championship on this weekend

The New Zealand Specialty Coffee Association (NZSCA) will host the 2019 Meadow Fresh New Zealand Barista Championship at the Expressions Arts and Entertainment Centre in Upper Hutt, New Zealand from 2 to 3 February.

New Zealand’s best baristas will compete on stage in an effort to win the coveted Champion title and represent their country on the world stage at the World Barista Championship in Amsterdam in June. 

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Howard Schultz

Howard Schultz confirms intention to run for president

Starbucks Founder and Chairman Emeritus Howard Schultz has confirmed he is considering running for presidency of the United States in 2020.

“I love our country, and I am seriously considering running for president as a centrist independent,” Howard said on Twitter.

“This moment is like no other. Our two parties are more divided than ever. Let’s discuss how we can come together to create opportunities for more people.”

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La Marzocco Australia

La Marzocco Australia appoints new General Manager

La Marzocco Australia has appointed Barry Moore as its new General Manager.

“My passion for coffee was ignited twenty years ago when I first tasted an espresso extracted through a Linea Classic,” Barry says.

“From that point onwards, I became loyal to La Marzocco and have always used them as the machine of choice in the different businesses in which I have operated.” 

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Scott Rao

Scott Rao and Veneziano to host coffee roasting masterclass

Veneziano Coffee Roasters will hold a coffee roasting masterclass with professional roasting consultant Scott Rao at Veneziano Coffee Richmondfrom 8am to 11am on 9 February.

Scott has worked in the United States, New Zealand, and Canadian coffee industries and authored books such as The Professional Barista’s HandbookEverything but Espresso, and The Coffee Roaster’s Companion.

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Parmalat Professional

Parmalat Professional to feature Chanho Hong’s coffee cocktails at MICE

Chanho Hong of Normcore Coffee Roasters will be on hand at the Parmalat Professional stand (#48) at the Melbourne International Coffee Expo (MICE) on 8 February to serve his podium finish-worthy coffee cocktails.

Chanho’s Damn Good Cool Cat Irish coffee and his signature Damn Good Shot earned him third place at the 2018 Australian Specialty Coffee Association (ASCA) Coffee in Good Spirits championship. Both cocktails use Normcore roasted coffee.

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Bluestone Lane

Bluestone Lane opens new NY venue as part of shared retail concept

Australian-influenced American coffee chain Bluestone Lane has announced the opening of a new location at 902 Broadway in New York.

Bluestone Lane is the brainchild of Australian Nick Stone. Having moved to the city that never sleeps some years ago, Nick found that he couldn’t find a decent drop to help him stay wake. Nick took a practical approach to solving his coffee woes and opened the first Bluestone Lane in NY’s Midtown East. The chain has since spread across the United States.

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Melbourne International Coffee Expo

World and Australian firsts to take place at MICE2019

There’s just three weeks to go until the coffee industry unites to celebrate all things coffee at the Melbourne International Coffee Expo (MICE) from 7 to 9 February.

Australia’s favourite coffee event will see companies from in and outside the country launch products and services for the first time in Australia, and in some cases, the world.

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Starbucks Indonesia

Starbucks Indonesia unveils Dewata Coffee Sanctuary

Starbucks Indonesia opened the doors to its Dewata Coffee Sanctuary on 12 January.

The store pays tribute to the important role that Indonesia, the fourth largest Arabica coffee growing region in the world, plays in bringing Starbucks customers their coffees.


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