Campos Coffee Founder Will Young to Head Judge Best of Panama

Campos Coffee Founder Will Young will Head Judge this year’s Best of Panama competition.

Ric Rhineheart, Head of the Specialty Coffee Association, has been the Head Judge of Best of Panama for all but a couple of the events since its inception in 1996, but unfortunately could not attend this year. Read more

Ona Coffee Marrickville to feature frozen coffee menu

Ona Coffee Marrickville is set to open its doors on Saturday 26 in Sydney, with frozen coffee on the menu. 

The space will house offices, a training facility and an espresso bar featuring frozen doses of coffee. Freezing coffee is increasing in popularity in the specialty coffee world, with the majority of the finalists of the 2017 World Barista Championships incorporating frozen coffee into their performances. Read more

Ordermentum launches industry’s first Coffee Index

Digital hospitality platform Ordermentum has launched a Coffee Index to empower small and medium-sized enterprises with real time data.

The Coffee Index is a real-time indicator of the volume and price of wholesale specialty coffee sold nationally across Australia. The index analyses blends, single origin and decaf coffee beans. It is based on business-to-business orders from café to supplier, and is calculated weekly. Read more

Pauls Professional to host Beat the Barista competition

Pauls Professional is looking for baristas to take the challenge and test their skills against some of Australia’s best latte artists.  

Pauls Professional will host the Beat the Barista competition from 27 to 29 May at the Foodservice Show, taking place at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Sydney.  Read more

FNC honoured with Rainforest Alliance award

The Colombian Coffee Growers Federation (FNC) received a Rainforest Alliance Sustainable Standard-Setters Award at the organisation’s Annual Spring Gala on 9 May.

The award was given for the FNC’s exceptional commitment to sustainability, improving coffee farmers’ livelihoods, and conserving forests. Read more

World Coffee Events announces changes to WLAC and CIGS Championships

The World Coffee Events (WCE) Rules and Regulations Committee has launched the 2018 Rules and Regulations for the World Latte Art Championship (WLAC) and World Coffee in Good Spirits Championship (WCIGS).

Changes this year have focused on the WLAC. The Art Bar portion of the Preliminary Round has been streamlined to focus on core bar skills, and as a result will have reduced competing time.  Read more

Judge rules coffee sold in California must carry cancer warnings

A Los Angeles Judge has affirmed the decision that coffee sold in California must carry cancer warnings.

A Superior court, Judge Elihu Berle, ruled on 7 May that Starbucks and other roasters and retailers had failed to show that benefits from drinking coffee outweighed any risks from a carcinogen, a byproduct of the roasting process. Read more

Federal Government’s budget boost to small businesses

The 2018-19 Federal Budget will aim to improve the business operating environment for small businesses in the café, restaurant and catering sector with an extension of the Government’s instant asset write off program to 30 June, 2019.

The extension will enable small businesses with an annual turnover of up to $10 million to immediately deduct eligible assets, each costing less than $20,000. Read more