molecular coffee

Molecular coffee start-up secures nearly $4 million in seed funding

Seattle-based start-up Atomo Coffee has secured US$2.6 million (about $3.8 million) in seed funding to develop “molecular coffee”, a coffee beverage made without traditional beans.

The Atoma teams says it has reverse engineered the coffee bean to create a uniquely smooth cup of coffee, that is more consistent and sustainable than current commercial coffee. Read more

Bean Scene Coffee Studio

The Bean Scene Coffee Studio goes for sale

Ian Hynd, Owner of The Bean Scene Coffee Studio in Central Warragul, Victoria, has put the coffee shop up for sale.

“After much consideration we have made the decision to sell The Bean Scene Coffee Studio. The Bean Scene opened its doors in June 2006 and after 13 years it is time for a lifestyle change,” Ian says. Read more

Califia Farms

Califia Farms celebrates World Plant Milk Day

With World Plant Milk Day on 22 August, Califia Farms says now is the perfect time to join the plant-based movement.

“Numerous studies consistently prove that a wholefood, plant-based diet is best for optimum health, and it’s also the single biggest chance we have in the fight against climate change. Plant milks require much less water and land to produce than dairy milk and given there are so many different delicious plant milks to choose from now it really is easy for people to try dairy-free alternatives,” says Greg Steltenpohl, founder and CEO of Califia Farms. Read more

Burundi Cup of Excellence

Natural processed coffee wins Burundi Cup of Excellence for the first time

Gatukuza washing station in Ngozi has won the 2019 Burundi Cup of Excellence (COE), with a score of 90.13 for its natural processed Bourbon. It was the only coffee the international jury scored 90 or above.

The Kayanza region’s Gitwenge and Karinzi washing stations placed second and third respectively with scores of 89.92 and 89.43 for their washed Bourbons. Read more

Auckland Breezey Masters

Robert Kim wins Auckland Breezey Masters

Robert Kim from Hello Friends and Allies has won the Auckland Breezey Masters competition, the final regional of the 2019 season.

Shogo Shimoji from Café 88, Leo Li from Newbie Café, and Isaac Yu from 21 Grams rounded out the finalists. Read more


PNG farmer Mitchell Ricky discusses quality improvement this Fairtrade Fortnight

To commemorate Fairtrade Fortnight – 2 to 15 August – Fairtrade arranged for Papua New Guinea coffee farmer Mitchell Ricky to travel to Australia and New Zealand to discuss how the organisation has aided producers in the Highlands Organic Agricultural Cooperative (HOAC).

A third-generation coffee farmer, Mitchell tells BeanScene coffee farming has become like tradition in Papua New Guinea. Read more

Ditta Artigianale Seattle

Ditta Artigianale flies to the Marzocco Café in Seattle

From 14 August to 13 September, Ditta Artigianale, the roaster of three-time Italian Barista Champion Francesco Sanapo, will be featured at the Marzocco Café in Seattle, United States.

The Marzocco Café is part of the La Marzocco US branch. Every year, the coffee store welcomes 12 roasters from around the world, giving them the opportunity to showcase their products, serve their coffees, and gain exposure in the US for a month. Read more

coffee prices downward

July coffee prices reach 2019-high despite downward drift

According to the International Coffee Organization (ICO) July 2019 market report, the monthly average of the ICO composite indicator rose by three per cent to 103.01 US cents per pound in July 2019. This marks the highest monthly average since November 2018.

However, the daily composite indicator started at a high of 107.87 US cents (about $152.43) per pound on 4 July and fell to 98.57 US cents per pound by the end of the month. Read more

Slayer Steam LP Melbourne

Slayer to host Steam LP launch party in Melbourne

Slayer Espresso will celebrate the Melbourne launch of its latest model, the Steam LP, with a party at Cocobei Docklands on 29 August at 6pm.

“The Steam LP is unmatched in innovation yet simple to operate – it really does Make Coffee Better, easily,” says Ross Quail, Asia-Pacific Manager for Slayer Espresso. Read more

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