Australia bushfires coffee

Australian coffee community unites for bushfire relief

Australia is facing its largest bushfire crisis in the nation’s history.

Since September, bushfires have ravaged approximately 14.6 million acres of bushland, towns and national parks. According to reports, 21 people have been pronounced dead, more than half a billion animals have been killed, and more than 1450 homes destroyed with figures set to climb. Read more

La Marzocco partners with Winning Appliances

La Marzocco announced a partnership with Australian kitchen and laundry appliance specialist Winning Appliances on 16 December 2019.

Winning Appliances is now the exclusive Australian retailer for all La Marzocco products. Read more

plant milks

Plant milks set to soar in 2020

According to the Australian Dairy Plan, the plant-based milk category grew by 82 per cent to 95 million litres last year.

Califia Farms says with Veganuary taking place throughout the month of January, the demand for dairy alternatives will reach new levels in 2020, with more than 350,000 people expected to switch to a plant-based diet at the beginning of the year. Read more

Campos Coffee releases Summer Haze cold brew blend

Specialty coffee roaster Campos Coffee has released a new blend crafted for cold brew, called Summer Haze.

From the way from the selection of beans to how it’s roasted and brewed, Campos says the blend is designed to excel as cold brew. Read more

Pauls Professional releases Vanilla Soft Serve

Pauls Professional has released a Vanillia soft serve ice cream mix made form Australian milk.

The dairy supplier says the soft serve has a creamy vanillia flavour with a smooth texture that requires no thawing and is ready to use. Read more

Feels Good New Years Day party

St Ali to celebrate 15 years with Feels Good New Years Day party

As the clock strikes midnight on 1 January 2020, South Melbourne-based roaster St Ali will have lots to celebrate: its 15th birthday and the start of its first Feels Good Laneway Party taking place on New Year’s Day.

“This New Year’s Day we’re celebrating our 15th birthday the only way we know how — with a full laneway party,” says Salvatore Malatesta, CEO of St. Ali. “We’re championing local communities that have supported us over all these years: the coffee community, creatives, foodies, and Melbournites. This is a thank you to Melbourne coffee culture, to South Melbourne, to St. Ali alumni past and present—and we’d love for you to join us.” Read more

Single O releases festive clarified milk cocktail

Sydney coffee roaster Single O has teamed up with PS40 to develop the Bottoms Up clarified milk punch cocktail.

The transparent beverage uses Single O’s seasonal coffee blend, Sugarplum, along with bourbon, spices, and milk.

“We wanted to make a festive cocktail that showcased our seasonal blend Sugarplum and craft something unexpected and exciting. We steered well clear of an espresso martini as we wanted to push people to think of coffee-based cocktails beyond this ubiquitous format,” Single O Retail Manager Angus Lindsay says.

Single O says despite being an “old school method”, it’s only now that the popularity of clarified milk punch is on the rise.

It adds while drinkers wouldn’t know the see-through beverage is dairy based on sight, there’s a hint in the taste. The milk lends an unexpected silky texture to the drink. Filtering out the curds ensures a lightness not often associated with dairy.

“With the addition of cold brew and bourbon, the clarified milk acts as a crisp backdrop to the coffee and booze, lengthening their flavours and rounding them out,” says Michael Chiem, Bartender and Founder of PS40.

Single O and PS40 are serving their Bottoms Up! clarified milk punch at Single O Surry Hills and PS40 in the Sydney CBD respectively.

The recipe can be viewed HERE.

CafeSmart reveals results of 2019 campaign

In 2019, CafeSmart supported 173 organisations with $203,070 of funding, taking its total tally to $1.2 million since it began.

StreetSmart Australia says with public funding uncertainty, many important organisations find it hard to test good ideas, extend proven programs, or fully fund their core work. One of these organisations is West Welcome Wagon in Melbourne. Read more

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