Brazil pulped natural Cup of Excellence sets all-time record

All lots from Brazil’s pulped natural Cup of Excellence (COE) competition were sold at auction within the first eight minutes on 28 November.

Producer Gabriel Nunes of winning lot Fazenda Bom Jardim received almost US$100,000 (about $131,915) for 793 pounds of coffee and now holds the all-time record for a COE price. Read more

Five Senses hosts largest Curated Cupping to date

Five Senses hosted one of its largest Curated Cupping events to date across Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Perth on 30 November.

The event, the last one of its kind for the year at Five Senses’ Training Academies, was themed on World Coffee Research’s (WCR) Sensory Lexicon 2.0, a global language for describing coffee flavour. Read more

St ALi launches partnership with Mercedes me store

St Ali has been announced as the hospitality partner for the Mercedes me concept store on the corner of King and Collins Streets, at the foot of the Rialto Towers.Launching early November 2017, the new space – one of just seven in the world – sees café culture meet Mercedes lifestyle.

This exciting partnership between Mercedes-Benz and St ALi will immerse visitors in the atmosphere of Mercedes-Benz, with world class coffee managed by St ALi head barista, Leon Holdsworth, and St ALi’s much loved menu, with some surprises. Read more

Australia’s Hugh Kelly places fifth in World Barista Championship

Ona Coffee’s Hugh Kelly has placed fifth in the 2017 World Barista Championship (WBC).

Hugh was the top-ranked barista leading into the Semi Finals after day one of heats, impressing the judges with his new take on milk texturing and use of dry ice to cool his espressos.

Hugh was selected as one of the top six baristas to compete in the Finals on 12 November, and the first to take to the stage in the final round, followed by the national barista champions of Hong Kong, the United States, Japan, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

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