Western Region

Ziggy Varamulia of Max and Sons wins Western Region Barista Championship

Ziggy Varamulia of Max and Sons in Perth has won the Australian Specialty Coffee Association (ASCA) 2019 Western Region Barista Championship.

Rhys Woods of Lo. Ki in Adelaide placed second, and Rummy Keshet of Offshoot Coffee in Perth placed third.

The competition was held at the Double Shot Coffee Fiesta in Unley, South Australia from 3 to 4 November. Read more

Slayer Steam X

Coffee Works Express announces Slayer Christmas promotion

Australian importer Coffee Works Express has launched its Christmas promotion, providing discounts across its line of Slayer and Slayer Steam X espresso machines.

A Slayer V3 Espresso three group can be purchased for $25,970 plus GST, for a saving of $8315.

A Slayer V3 Espresso two group can be purchased for $21,735 plus GST, for a saving of $6150. Read more

Small business

Report finds one in three small business owners fear insolvency

American Express’s annual Economy of Shopping Small report has found that a third of small business operators fear they risk becoming insolvent in the next three to five years.

The report is based on in-depth interviews with 10 small business owners, and 20-minute surveys with 864 small businesses and a nationally representative group of 1019 consumers.

Only 38 per cent of small business owners say revenue has increased during the past 12 months. This was a decline from the 43 per cent that reported growth last year. Read more

Best of Panama

The Grounds and Coffee Treasures to present Best of Panama record breaking coffee

The Grounds Roastery, in partnership with Coffee Treasures, will host a Best of Panama Sensory Showcase at The Grounds of Alexandria in New South Wales at 6:30pm on 21 November.

The event will include tastings of Wilford Lamastus’s Elida Estate Geisha Green Tip washed, which with a score of 94.66 points is the highest scoring coffee in Best of Panama history. Read more

Synesso Mvp Hydra

Five Senses Coffee announces Synesso Mvp Hydra giveaway

To celebrate Christmas, Five Senses Coffee is giving away a Synesso Mvp Hydra espresso machine valued at $15,500.

The Synesso MVP Hydra is a custom-built single group version of the commercial model used at cafés around the world. Five Senses has customised the machine with a white powdercoating. Read more

Western Region

ASCA Western Region Coffee Championship on this weekend

The 2019 Australian Specialty Coffee Association (ASCA) Western Region Coffee Championship will take place from 3 to 4 November.

Held at Unley Town Hall in South Adelaide, the final regional event of the 2019 competition season will coincide with the City of Unley’s Double Shot Coffee Fiesta. Read more

coffee cup

BioPak releases Art Series coffee cup range

BioPak has released a new Art Series coffee cup range, featuring limited edition designs from local artists.

The cups are made from sustainably sourced paper and lined with Ingeo bioplastic, which is made from plants instead of oil. BioPak cups can be commercially composted or disposed of in BioPak compost service bins located at local cafés in more than 1700 suburbs in Australia and New Zealand. Read more