Jade Jennings of Veneziano wins ASCA Southern Region Barista Championship back-to-back

Veneziano Coffee Roasters’ Jade Jennings has taken home the gold tamper trophy in the Australian Specialty Coffee Association (ASCA) 2017 Southern Region Coffee Championship Barista competition for the second year in a row.

In what was a repeat of last year’s top three Southern Region barista finalists, Axil Coffee Roasters took out second and third place with Matt Lewin runner up, and Anthony Douglas in third place at at Maillard Atelier on 17 September. Read more

July coffee exports hit five year low: ICO

The volume of coffee exported globally plunged dramatically in July, with shipments totalling just 7.7 million bags, 22 per cent less than the same month last year, and the lowest monthly volume since October 2011, according to the International Coffee Organization (ICO). Read more

Study suggests coffee lovers are born, not made

New research has found that a certain genetic variation can influence how much coffee a person drinks.

The study, which was published on the Nature journal’s Scientific Reports website, identified the gene PDSS2 as having a bearing on peoples’ enjoyment of coffee. Read more

ASCA Guilds to host Coffee Trivia Night

The Australian Specialty Coffee Association (ASCA) Barista and Roasters Guild are joining forces to host a Coffee Trivia Night on 12 September.

The event will take place at Sun Moth Bar, 28 Niagara Lane in Melbourne. Doors open 5pm, trivia starts 6pm.  Read more

Vittoria’s Les Schirato awarded United Nations Lifework Award

The United Nations Association has presented Vittoria Food & Beverage CEO, Mr Leslie Schirato, with the UNAA Lifework – Individual 2016 award for his contributions to the Australian coffee, food and beverage industry.

Les was also cited for his services to the community and philanthropic contributions to health, youth, rural areas, social welfare and those less fortunate, as well as investing time and mentoring of youth in business and talent development.

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Café of the Year finalists revealed

The best Melbourne and Sydney’s cafés have been sampled and reviewed to make up this year’s Good Food Guide Café of the Year finalists.

It’s already been a big year for turmeric and matcha lattes, filter coffees, sweet treats and adventurous foods that have been pickled, grilled and torched – not to mention cafés spaces that mirror the architectural size of hotels and shoeboxes, and the year isn’t over yet.


The Age Good Food Guide has announced its top five finalists for the Café of the Year awards based on coffee and food quality, atmosphere and service. They include:

Glovers Station in Elsternwick

Higher Ground in Melbourne

Left Field in Carnegie

Mammoth in Armadale

Mayday Coffee & Food in Richmond

The Age Good Food Guide 2017 award night will take place on 12 September. The guide will be on sale in newsagents and bookstores from 13 September.

The Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) Good Food Guide Awards 2017 has also announced its Café of the Year finalists. They include:

Brickfields Cafe and Bakery in Chippendale

Edition Coffee Roasters in Darlinghurst

L’Americano Espresso Bar in Alexandria

Paramount Coffee Project in Surry Hills

Two Caps in Marrickville

To view the top 50 listed Sydney cafés click here.

The SMH Good Food Guide award night will take place on 5 September. The Guide will be on sale in newsagents and bookstores from 6 September.

Good luck to all nominated cafés.

The Climate Institute releases report on climate change impacts to coffee quality and cost

Climate change is already putting production and cost pressures on the supply of coffee in significant parts of the producing world.

According to The Climate Institute’s A Brewing Storm: The climate change risks to coffee report, released on 29 August, increasing temperatures and extreme weather events will cut suitable coffee producing area by up to 50 per cent, erode coffee quality, and increase coffee prices for consumers. Read more

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