Australian International Coffee Awards

Baristas wanted for Australian International Coffee Awards

The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV) is seeking coffee specialists to help prepare coffee for judging in the 2019 Australian International Coffee Awards (AICA).

Calibration will be held on 19 March with judging to take place from 20 to 22 March at the Melbourne Showgrounds in Flemington, Victoria. Read more

Alliance for Coffee Excellence

Alliance for Coffee Excellence announces private collection auction

The Alliance for Coffee Excellence (ACE) has announced the launch of its Private Collection auction to showcase Yemen’s high-quality smallholder famers.

ACE will launch the auction in long-term partnership with the United Kingdom-based Qima Coffee, which focuses on farmer-identified nano-lots from Yemen. Read more

Minas Hill

Minas Hill to host Brazilian cupping and breakfast in WA

Minas Hill Coffee will host a cupping session followed by a Brazilian-style breakfast in Western Australia on 16 March.

The cupping will highlight some of the coffee trader’s 2019 crop range, including coffees from its ongoing partners Ismael Adrade, Pedro Gabarra, and Gabriel Oliveira. Read more

Coffee Alchemy

Coffee Alchemy opens Gumption NYC

Hazel de los Reyes and Clare Lim of Sydney-based roaster Coffee Alchemy have opened their first roaster and café in Brooklyn, United States.

“We’ve opened doors and it’s so exciting. It’s really happening,” says Clare, direct from New York.

The duo’s first overseas venue, Gumption Coffee, an extension of its Sydney store, had a soft opening in late December 2018, but Clare says it’s time to make some noise internationally. Read more

Marceline Budza

Hope for Congo

Marceline Budza is empowering women in the Democratic Republic of Congo to stand as equal, confident, and capable women in coffee.

At three years of age, Marceline’s parents would bring her a cup of coffee to wake up each day. Like most Congolese, coffee was prepared in the artisanal way: roasted in pans and ground in a pestle.

Back then, Marceline saw coffee only as “black and a little bitter”. These days, it’s her profession. Marceline wakes up each morning glorifying God. She drinks a cup of coffee after taking care of her husband and son, goes to work in the office or coffee fields, and continues to drink a cup of coffee every two hours. Read more

International Women’s Coffee Alliance

International Women’s Coffee Alliance launches Australian chapter

The Australian chapter of the International Women’s Coffee Alliance (IWCA) has opened applications for membership.

IWCA says its mission is to empower women in the international coffee community to achieve meaningful and sustainable lives, and to encourage and recognise the participation of women in all aspects of the coffee industry. Read more

Regional Championships

ASCA opens applications to host Regional Championships

The Australian Specialty Coffee Association (ASCA) has opened applications for venues interested in and capable of hosting its Regional Championships for the 2020 competition season.

ASCA is currently seeking tenders from venues located in all states and territories. There are four regional events held each year: Read more

Sasa Sestic

Sasa Sestic to present at Specialty Coffee Expo 2019

Ona Coffee and Project Origin Founder Sasa Sestic will speak on processing innovations at the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA)’s 2019 Specialty Coffee Expo on 13 April in Boston, United States.

In Coffee Processing and the Future of Specialty: How Innovations in Processing Can Change Perceptions of Specialty Coffee, the 2015 World Barista Champion will present his findings from years of experimental planning and processing on coffee farms. Read more

Australian Barista Census

Australian Barista Census reveals what keeps baristas up at night

Almond Breeze Barista Blend and BaristasforBaristas.com have released their first Australian Barista Census (ABC), an in-depth study of what worries baristas and how Australia’s coffee scene is setting the pace globally.

Eighty-two per cent of Australian baristas work in an independent café. Almond Breeze says this reflects Australian’s coffee cultural difference to the United States, where 60 per cent of consumers visit a branded coffee shop at least once a month.

Perhaps due to cultural divide, 84 per cent of baristas surveyed said they’d rather work in Australia than anywhere else in the world. Read more

coffee prices

International coffee prices slide in February

According to the International Coffee Organization (ICO) February 2019 market report, the ICO composite indicator fell by 0.9 per cent to 100.67 US cents per pound, similar to levels in December 2018.

This is slightly higher than the lowest monthly average of 100.61 US cents per pound reached in coffee year 2018/19 for December 2018. However, it is 27.5 per cent below the 10-year average of 138.84 US cents per pound. Read more

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