University of South Australia reveals six is the new limit

The University of South Australia’s (UniSA) has revealed that drinking six or more coffees a day can increase the risk of heart disease up to 22 per cent.

According to the Heart Foundation cardiovascular disease is a major cause of death, with one person dying from the disease every 12 minutes.

UniSA Researchers Dr Ang Zhou and Professor Elina Hyppönen of the Australian Centre for Precision Health say its new research confirms the point at which excess caffeine can cause high blood pressure, a precursor to heart disease.

This is the first time a limit has been placed on a safe coffee consumption and cardiovascular health. Read more

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NZ’s Mojo Coffee continues US expansion with two new cafés

New Zealand-based Mojo Coffee has announced it will continue its United States expansion with the opening of two new cafés in Chicago, US in winter 2019.

The roaster began its North American expansion in in 2017. The new outposts will join two Mojo Coffee cafés already open in Chicago and more than 40 worldwide.

Mojo says the new stores will further its mission of elevating hospitality and specialty coffee in Chicago’s central business districts. Read more

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BioPak and Qantas partner to launch world’s first zero-waste flight

Australian airline Qantas soared to new heights with launch of the world’s first ever zero-waste flight, with the help of environmentally friendly packaging company BioPak.

Flying from Sydney to Adelaide on 8 May, the flight is part of Qantas’s wider initiative to remove 100 million single-use plastic items per annum by 2020.

“We want to give customers the same level of service they currently enjoy, but without the amount of waste that comes with it,” Qantas Domestic CEO Andrew David said. Read more

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Coffee prices reach newest low in more than a decade

In April 2019, the International Coffee Organization (ICO) composite indicator fell by 3.2 per cent to 94.42 US cents per pound, the lowest monthly average since July 2006 when the price reached 88.57 US cents per pound.

The daily price fell to 91.79 US cents per pound on 17 April, the lowest it had been since 1 August 2006 when it hit 88.77 US cents per pound.

The ICO says prices for all group indicators fell in April 2019. Read more

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Alan Bruce and Hoony Chae claim NZ Cup Tasters and Latte Art Championship titles

The New Zealand Specialty Coffee Association (NZSCA) has crowned Alan Bruce of Flight Coffee Roasters and Hoony Chae of Mojo Coffee as its new Cup Tasters and Latte Art Champions in competitions held on 3 and 5 May.

In the final round of the NZ Cup Tasters Championship, held at Ozone Coffee Roasters in Auckland, Alan sored a perfect 8/8 in 2.07 minutes. Read more

Yanina Ferreyra relives her World Brewers Cup performance

Coming off the back of her first nationals win at the 2019 Australian Brewers Cup in February, Yanina Ferreyra of Project Origin travelled to Boston determined to do her best in her first World Championship.

Going to the World Brewers Cup (WBrC) in April at the Specialty Coffee Expo in the United States, Yanina felt a combination of nerves and excitement backstage as there was a lot of competitors.

Yanina didn’t know what to expect, and tells BeanScene she was amazed by the competition as a whole and enjoyed every moment. Read more

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Coca-Cola Amatil on track to hit 60 per cent renewable energy target

Coca-Cola Amatil (CCA) has revealed in its 2018 Sustainability Report that the company is on track to source 60 per cent of its energy from low-carbon and renewables.

CCA sources 56.2 per cent of its energy from wind, solar, and natural gas. Speaking at the report’s launch in Sydney, Group Managing Director Alison Watkins says a further expansion of solar will help the company reach its target by 2020. Read more

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Minas Hill to host multicultural coffee cupping in Melbourne

Minas Hill Coffee has partnered with fellow coffee traders La Jacoba and Utopia Coffee to host a multicultural coffee cupping session at its Coburg North warehouse in Victoria on 15 May.

Minas Hill will showcase its Brazilian beans while La Jacoba and Utopia represent Colombia and Ethiopia, respectively. Read more

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Matthew Lewin reflects on WBC journey

Matthew Lewin went into the 2019 World Barista Championship (WBC) with his head held high, routine prepared, and ready to share his ideas with a global audience.

The Ona Coffee Barista Trainer had won his first Australian Barista Championship title in February in his sixth year competing and was ready to make his mark on the world stage. Read more

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