COE Guatemala continues despite volcano eruption

The Alliance for Coffee Excellence (ACE) commenced its 14th edition of the Cup of Excellence (COE) in Guatemala City on 4 June despite the Fuego volcano eruption.

When the volcano erupted on 3 June, villages and coffee farms were affected, however Anacafé and ACE took the decision to complete the final stage of the COE competition, which started months before and is the culmination of hard work from farmers and all organisations involved.   Read more

ASCA to host Symposium on 29 July 

Following the success of the inaugural Australian Specialty Coffee Association (ASCA) Symposium in 2017, ASCA has announced its 2018 Symposium will return on 29 July.

The Symposium, taking place at Collective Roasting Solutions in Sydney, will focus on improving café business and is a great opportunity for café owners and their staff to learn more about financial growth, improving social media presence, staying happy and healthy in the workplace, planning the perfect menu, and promoting sustainability. Read more

Dining a top priority for domestic tourist, survey finds

Data from the most recent National Visitor Survey (NVS) released today has shown an increase in domestic tourists’ overnight spend on restaurant and takeaway meals, both in terms of the dollar amount and as a proportion of overall expenditure.

For the year ending March 2018, domestic tourists spent $10.6 billion on meals from restaurants and takeaway food outlets, up from $9.7 billion for the corresponding 12 months in 2017. This represented percentage growth of 9.3 per cent year-on-year. Read more

Let’s Talk Coffee 2018 registration now open

Early bird registration for Let’s Talk Coffee (LTC) 2018 is now open.

This year’s event will take place from 20 to 23 September in Cartagena, Colombia.

LTC is an intimate event exploring the cutting-edge of specialty coffee, building sustainable business relationships, and shining a light on the rising coffee region of Huila, Colombia. Read more

Tom Beaumont looks to a greener future

After four years leading La Marzocco Australia, Tom Beaumont has been appointed general manager of Red Star Roasters.

“It was an honour to launch La Marzocco in Australia and hugely rewarding to see it become one of the company’s biggest global distributors,” Tom says.  Read more

Colombian Diego Campos wins Barista & Farmer

For the first time in the talent show’s history, a participant from the host country has one the fourth edition of Barista & Farmer.

Diego Campos, 2014 and 2016 Colombian Barista Champion, was crowned the winner after 10 days in Huila, Colombia, living the daily life of a Colombian coffee farmer. Read more

Wilford Lamastus of Elida Estate wins both Geisha categories in 2018 Best of Panama 

Wilford Lamastus of Elida Estate has done what no other producer has achieved in the 22 years of the Best of Panama, winning both the Washed and Natural Geisha categories in the 2018 competition.

In 2016, Wilford broke the Best of Panama record in the Geisha Washed category, and in this year’s event, he broke his own record.

Wilford submitted four Geisha variety coffees and placed first in the Washed Geisha category with 94.66 points for a Elida Geisha Washed (EGW), first in the Geisha Natural category with 93.34 points, and 12th with his El Burro Geisha Washed on 90.87 in the Geisha Washed category. Read more

Coffee Masters New York City applications now open

If you think you have what it takes to become a Coffee Master, then apply for the 2018 edition of Coffee Masters NYC.

The competition will return to The New York Coffee Festival from 12 – 14 October at the Metropolitan Pavilion.

For the chance to compete and represent your country on the world stage, interested participants must apply to compete, create a coffee-based Signature Drink inspired by New York City and showcase it in a one-to-two-minute application video. Read more

World Coffee Events makes 2018 competition rule changes

Gender-neutral language and competitor qualification explanations are some of the “minor” rules and regulation changes World Coffee Events (WCE) has released for the 2018 World Brewers Cup, World Cup Tasters and World Coffee Roasting Championships.

Released on 14 June, WCE says the final changes for this year’s world competitions have been made to “keep them consistent with other competition documents”. Read more

War on Waste season 2 returns

The ABC’s War on Waste will return on Tuesday 24 July to tackle new targets including plastic water bottles, straws, e-waste and furniture waste.

The series will also explore previous topics such as food waste and the recycling crisis.

More than 4.3 million viewers watched the original series in 2017, which sparked one of the ABC’s most successful social media campaigns with a video on dumping edible bananas reaching 20 million views. Read more