first Ethiopia Cup of Excellence

First Cup of Excellence Ethiopia awards three coffees 90 plus

Niguse Gemeda Mude has won the first Cup of Excellence (COE) Ethiopia with his Sidama sun-dried natural coffee, which scored 91.04 in the competition.

This was one of three coffees to score more than 90 points in the competition, each receiving the Presidential Award. Rumudamo Coffee Industry Trade scored 90.89 and RumuDamo scored 90.25 with 74110 varietal washed coffees, both from Sidamo. Read more

Riverina Fresh webinar

Riverina Fresh to host webinar with industry experts on 13 May

Australian dairy brand Riverina Fresh is hosting a virtual coffee chat with some of Australia’s most iconic roasters on 13 May.

Titled Home-ground: Live with Australia’s Specialty Coffee Experts, the virtual event will take place on Zoom from 12pm to 1pm discussing the state of the coffee industry, and tips to making cafe-quality coffee at home. Read more

Australia’s most trusted coffee machines

Survey reveals Australia’s most trusted coffee machines

De’Longhi was voted Australia’s Most Trusted Brand in the Coffee Machines category of the 2020 Reader’s Digest Trusted Brands Survey. Breville placed second and Lavazza placed third in the category.

Catalyst Research conducted the independent survey for Reader’s Digest. The market research agency polled a cross-section of more than 3000 Australians and 1601 New Zealanders to establish the most-trusted brands across more than 70 consumer categories. Read more

SmartMeals

SmartMeals provides meals to the homeless while saving hospo jobs

CafeSmart organiser Streetsmart Australia has provided more than 5400 meals to vulnerable people during the coronavirus pandemic through its SmartMeals program.

StreetSmart Australia says charity meals programs are shut across the country. With gatherings restricted and older volunteers protecting their health, food security for vulnerable Australians is an emerging challenge. At the same time restaurants and cafés are closing or reducing hours. This is making people with limited resources vulnerable to poverty, hunger, and homelessness. Read more

Maker Coffee South Yarra

Maker Coffee opens in South Yarra

Melbourne-based roaster Maker Coffee has opened a new location in the Como Centre of South Yarra, Victoria.

While COVID-19 restrictions have put much pressure on the coffee and hospitality industries, Maker says it won’t let the pandemic stand in its way. Maker South Yarra will be open for takeaway, for the time being. Read more

Supply demand April coffee prices

Supply and demand uncertainty balance out in April coffee prices

According to the International Coffee Organization (ICO) April 2020 Coffee Market Report, concerns over supply chain disruptions are being weighed against uncertainty over future demand in the unprecedented situation of COVID-19.

Because of this, the ICO composite indicator only decreased by 0.1 per cent to 108.91 US cents per pound in April. Read more

How coffee changes our sense of taste

How coffee changes our sense of taste

Sweet food is made sweeter when paired with coffee, according to research on how coffee changes our sense of taste from Aarhus University in Denmark.

Published in the scientific journal Foods, 156 test subjects had their sense of smell and taste tested before and after drinking coffee. The researchers found no changes in their sense of smell, but they found that the sense of taste was affected. Read more