Veneziano Coffee’s Craig Simon set for third attempt at WBC

Craig Simon of Veneziano Coffee is ready to make his third attempt at the World Barista Championships (WBC) in Amsterdam from 20 to 23 June.

Craig won the Australian Barista Championship in 2012 and 2014, and placed a career high of fourth in the 2014 WBC.

After winning the Australian Barista Championship at the Melbourne International Coffee Expo (MICE) in March after a four-year hiatus, Craig will compete against 60 national barista representatives, using a connection of wine and the sommelier profession to impress the judges.

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Stage is set for World of Coffee Amsterdam

Amsterdam is set to host World of Coffee from 21 to 23 June.

Each year, World of Coffee draws a loyal audience from the global specialty coffee community, more than 80 per cent of whom return year-on-year.

The event, run by the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA), has more than doubled in size and stature over the past five years, growing from 3000 visitors and 45 exhibitors to 6800 visitors and 240 exhibitors. Read more

Finca Don Cayito wins Cup of Excellence Costa Rica

Luis Ricardo Calderon Madrigal entered one sample in the 2018 Cup of Excellence (COE) Costa Rica and has placed first with 91.29-points for a Honey processed Gesha from Finca Don Cayito.

During the awards ceremony, Luis was filled with appreciation thanking his family and the close community around him.  Read more

Saša Šestić announces sequel to The Coffee Man

Ona Coffee Founder and 2015 World Barista Champion Saša Šestić has announced a sequel to his award-winning documentary film The Coffee Man.

The Coffee Man film, which first screened in 2016 and won Best Australian Documentary at the 2016 Melbourne Documentary Film Festival, followed Saša on his journey to winning the World Barista Championship in 2015. To date, The Coffee Man has screened in over 200 venues in more than 40 countries, and has been translated in 11 languages. Read more

ACE moves COE award winning coffees as Nicaragua violence escalates

The Alliance for Coffee Excellence (ACE) has made the decision to immediately export the 2018 Nicaraguan Cup of Excellence (COE) award winning coffees to California following political instability in Nicaragua.

The emergency call was made after Nicaraguan authorities killed a number of protesting students in Managua, the week after the 2018 Nicaraguan COE took place in Matagalpa on 18 April.  Read more

NZSCA hosts nationwide blind cupping this weekend

The New Zealand Specialty Coffee Guild will host a nationwide blind cupping of 12 washed Ethiopian coffees from 12 different roasting companies from 10 to 14 June.

This cupping event will take place over five days in eight different venues around the country, including North Shore, New Plymouth, Tauranga, Wellington, Palmerston North, Hamilton, Hastings and Auckland. Read more

Baristas beat professionals in Beat the Barista competition

Baristas around the country have proved their skills are good enough to beat professional latte artists with Justin Nguyen of Chapter 5, Moo Yapradit of Metropole, and Max Hon Pak Wee of The Grounds City winning Pauls Professional’s Beat the Barista competition at the Foodservice show from 27 to 28 May. Read more

New research shows impact of bees on coffee productivity

Bees and other pollinators play an outsized role in the world’s food supply, but it was often considered that their effect on coffee production was negligible.

New research demonstrates that bee pollination can result in a 10 to 20 per cent ‘pollination effect’ in coffee. More than that, bee projects can contribute to improved livelihoods for coffee farmers and their families. Read more

Baristas wanted for industry survey 

Almond Breeze is looking for 40 baristas to participate in an industry survey to learn more about their profession, passions, and views on the changing state of the coffee industry.

“Baristas are changing the hospitality industry across Australia. They are the ones who are pushing industry standards through the roof, and exploring new trends that are being picked up worldwide. We want to understand why Australia is at the top of its game, and help our industry stay there,” says Michael McNulty, Almond Breeze Country Manager Australia & New Zealand. Read more