Simonelli Group and University of Camerino launch International Hub

The Simonelli Group and the University of Camerino in Italy have launched an International Hub for Coffee Research and Innovation.

Announced on 27 June, Simonelli Group says the International Hub was founded to support the entire global coffee chain in raising the professionalism and quality of espresso and cappuccinos, to encourage their consumption around the world, maximum consumer satisfaction, and help develop the market. Read more

Tetsu Kasuya of Japan wins 2016 World Brewers Cup

Tetsu Kasuya of Coffee Factory in Japan is the 2016 World Brewers Cup (WBrC) Champion.

After three attempts at a national title and his first presentation on the world stage, Tetsu can return to Japan with his head held high, in what has been a very successful World of Coffee Show for Japan. Fellow countryman Yoshikazu Iwase of Rec Collective was runner up in the World Barista Championship, just missing out on giving Japan the clean sweep of titles from Dublin. Read more

Berg Wu of Taiwan wins 2016 World Barista Championship

Berg Wu of Simple Kaffa in Taiwan is the 2016 World Barista Champion.

Berg won the coveted title on 25 June in Dublin, Ireland at the World of Coffee Show. After four days of intense competition from 61 national barista champions, Berg became the 17th coffee professional to win the prestigious coffee event, handing Taiwan its first World Barista Championship (WBC) win. Read more

Ona Coffee’s Hugh Kelly into WBC Semi Final

Australia’s Hugh Kelly has advanced into the Semi Finals of the 2016 World Barista Championship (WBC) in Dublin, Ireland.

Hugh competed on 22 June, finishing the first day of heats as the highest ranked competitor out of the other 31 baristas who competed on the day.

After the second day of heats with a further 31 presentations, the 12 top scoring baristas advancing to the next round were announced. Read more

Slater St Bench’s Devin Loong competes in first round of World Brewers Cup

Australia’s Devin Loong of Slater St Bench and the Bench Projects competed in the first day of the World Brewers Cup (WBrC) heats on 23 June.

Devin took the stage with confidence, despite a technical error with his music forcing him to commence his presentation without it.

He told the judges he wanted to “recreate” the amazing moment he tried a Panama Esmeralda Geisha coffee for the first time, and feel in love with coffee. Read more

World Coffee Events introduces WBC Team competition

World Coffee Events (WCE) has announced the introduction of the first ever World Barista Championship (WBC) Teams competition.

WCE says the WBC has seen many evolutions over the event’s past 17 years in order to celebrate the continuing innovation in specialty coffee.

As such, WCE wants to take add another layer to the competition with the introduction of a Team’s initiative to be launched at the Dublin event. Read more

WOC announces New Product of the Show Winners

World of Coffee (WOC) has announced the New Product of the Show Awards recognising some of the most exciting new innovations to enter the market over the past 12 months.

The contenders featured a mix of products and services including a robot, cacao tea made with the the most remote and smallest beans, a chocolate bar factory, a new environmentally-friendly black paper coffee bag, and an advanced press-type coffee brewer, just to name a few.  Read more

Acaia scale Co-founder Rex Tseng to star in Knowledge Talks East Coast Tour

Toby’s Estate has announced its next Knowledge Talks event, starring Acaia President and Co-Founder Rex Tseng.

Rex will impart his knowledge on the importance of weight technology, its impact on the coffee industry, how to use the scales effectively and correctly on a daily basis, and how to troubleshoot common mistakes baristas make when using the scales. Read more

WCR unveils first-ever coffee variety catalogue for Central America

World Coffee Research (WCR) has published the first-ever catalogue of coffee varieties for Central America, called Coffee Varieties of Mesoamerica and the Carribea. 

Launched and presented at Re:Co Dublin on 22 June, the catalogue of Coffea arabica coffees for Central America, Mexico, Peru, the Dominican Republic, and Jamaica gathers the essential information on 33 major cultivars in the region. Read more

Service Sphere Training Academy launches new courses

Service Sphere has announced new training courses for July and August.

Back by popular demand, Service Sphere’s Training Academy will host Technical Training 101 on 21 and 28 July.

This session is geared towards individuals looking at entering into the coffee industry and will focus on single-boiler traditional coffee machines, coffee grinders, coffee, and its preparation. Read more