Accademia del Caffè Espresso

La Marzocco opens Accademia del Caffè Espresso

La Marzocco has opened the doors of Accademia del Caffè Espresso, its centre for cultural, educational development and research that aims to build a sustainable future of espresso coffee.

The Accademia del Caffe Espresso, housed in La Marzocco’s industrial building in Florence, Italy, was home to the company’s factory from 1959 to 2009. The so-called “Officina” or workshop, was managed by the company’s founding fathers, Giuseppe and Bruno Bambi, and then by Piero, alongside a small group of craftsmen. Read more

Cup of Excellence anniversary

Cup of Excellence celebrates 20th anniversary

The Alliance for Coffee Excellence (ACE) and its flagship program Cup of Excellence (COE) were honoured in a celebration recognising the 20th anniversary of the competition and auction program.

The ACE says in this time, COE has discovered incredible coffees, micro regions no one knew existed, and brought international fame to individual farmers. While Brazil is the longest running program to date, COE has been established in multiple coffee producing countries. Bidders have paid up to US$300 per pound for winning coffees, resulting in a combined US$60 million going to farmers from COE auctions. Read more

Ona COffee guest roaster

Ona Coffee launches guest roaster program

Ona Coffee has announced the launch of a guest roaster program, allowing cafés across the world to feature its house blends, single origins and special releases for a limited period.

Jordan Montgomery, Marketing Manager at Ona Coffee, says many cafés are choosing to rotate guest roasters to serve to their customers, whether as a secondary option to their house blend or changing their coffee offerings with each new roaster. Read more

David Train Southern Region

David Train wins ASCA 2020 Southern Region Brewers Cup

David Train has won the Australian Specialty Coffee Association (ASCA) 2020 Southern Region Brewers Cup.

Hyunsuk Ko of Bennetts placed second and Devin Loong of Ona Coffee placed third in the competition, held at St Ali in Port Melbourne from 26 to 27 October. Read more

Charlie Chu Southern Region

Charlie Chu of St Ali wins ASCA 2020 Southern Region Cup Tasters Championship

Kyoungha “Charlie” Chu of St Ali has won the Australian Specialty Coffee Association (ASCA) 2020 Southern Region Cup Tasters Championship with a score of 8/8 in three minutes and six seconds.

Yuki Saito of Addict Food and Coffee placed second with a score of 8/8 in four minutes and four seconds. Sheng-Wei Wu of Cote Terra Coffee Roasters placed third with a score of 8/8 in five minutes and 18 seconds. Read more

ASCA board

ASCA announces new Board

The Australian Specialty Coffee Association (ASCA) has appointed its new board members at the 2019 ASCA Annual General Meeting (AGM) held at St Ali on 25 October.

Kieran Westlake will remain President and Chris Wheatley will remain Treasurer. Read more

Women in Coffee WA to host Passions and Perspectives event

Women in Coffee Western Australia will host a Passions and Perspectives evening at Moccamaster Australia on 31 October.

At the event, guest speakers who will share their stories and experience in the areas of entrepreneurship, social media, the competition arena, and business in the coffee and café industries. Read more

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