La Marzocco workplace

La Marzocco Italy certified as great place to work

La Marzocco in Scarperia, Florence has been recognised, awarded, and certified as a Great Place to Work in Italy.

Great Place to Work is an international certification which examines workplace culture and management support in creating an environment where employees define their workplace as empowering and remarkable. Read more

coffee sector sustainability

Jeffrey D Sachs proposes global coffee fund to finance sector sustainability

Professor Jeffrey D Sachs of Columbia University has proposed the creation of a global coffee fund to co-finance the sustainability of coffee growers at the Second World Coffee Producers Forum (WCPF) in Brazil on 10 July.

This fund, which would be US$10 billion (about $14.3 billion) per year, would be initially fed with US$2.5 billion (about $3.6 billion) in resources from the industry. This would be added to public and private contributions for direct investments in farm for another US$2.5 billion, as well as budget disbursements for the and contributions from donors for the same amount. Read more

London calls for non-recyclable coffee cup ban

The London Assembly has called on the Mayor to lobby the British government to introduce a tax on single-use plastics and ban single-use, non-recyclable hot drinks cups.

The London Assembly is a 25-member elected body that scrutinises the activities of the Mayor of London. The Assembly Member who proposed the motion, Léonie Cooper, says “with plastic polluting our rivers and oceans, causing terrible consequences for wildlife and our environment, we need urgent action”. Read more

Breezey masters Adelaide

Felix Chapman-Petrone wins 2019 Adelaide Breezey Masters

Felix Chapman-Petrone of Patio Coffee Roasters has won the 2019 Adelaide Breezey Masters, held at Kinetto Coffe in the CBD in June.

The final four also included Natalie Scaife of Grinders Coffee Roasters, Georgina Lumb of Veneziano Coffee Roasters, and Tang Yi of Corner Store Café. Read more

Emilio Lopez Diaz examines supply chain challenges at Knowledge Talks

Emilio Lopez Diaz wraps up the 14th instalment of Toby’s Estate Coffee Roasters’ Knowledge Talks in Perth on 9 July.

Emilio is an El Salvadorian coffee farmer, who also runs milling and exporting and importing operations around the world, as well as a roastery and retail operations in his home country and the United States. He travelled to Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, and Perth from 3 to 9 July to discuss the challenges experienced at each level of the supply chain. Read more

Detpak Plastic Free July

Detpak sets Plastic Free July challenge

This Plastic Free July, Detpak is encouraging people to look for the hidden plastics in their takeaway packaging and find recyclable alternatives.

Marketing and Innovation General Manager Tom Lunn says many single-use takeaway food packaging items contain a plastic coating or lining, which may not be obvious to the consumer.

“There is much confusion in the market place about what is a good environmental packaging choice,” he says. Read more

CLark Street Coffee

Clark Street Coffee releases compostable coffee packaging

Melbourne-based Clark Street Coffee has begun using redesigned compostable packaging to package and distribute its coffee.

“We’ve got a strong focus throughout our company on sustainability,” Clark Street Coffee Founder Melissa Floreani says. “Clark Street Coffee wants to provide or customers with an aesthetically pleasing bag to put on display in their stores, and it’s also 100 per cent compostable” Read more

international coffee prices

International coffee prices see sustained growth over June

The monthly average of the International Coffee Organization (ICO) composite indicator rose 7.1 per cent to 99.97 US cents per pound in June 2019. This marks the first increase in the monthly average since January 2019.

The daily composite indicator ranged between 95.17 US cents per pound on 18 June and 105.25 US cents per pound on 28 June. The daily price rose above US$1 for the first time since 18 February 2019 on 30 May and remained above that level for nine days. Read more

Bureaux Collective pub quiz

Bureaux Collective to host The Great Coffee Pub Quiz

Co-roasting facility Bureaux Collective is celebrating its third anniversary with a coffee-themed trivia night at its Abbotsford venue on 25 July.

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

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