NZSCA announces 2018 NZ Cup Tasters Championship

The New Zealand Specialty Coffee Association has announced the 2018 New Zealand Cup Tasters Championship will take place on Friday 27 July.

Entry is now open for this knock-out competition, where winners will go to World Cup Tasters in Dubai from 30 October to 1 November during GulfHost. Read more

Communities in NSW embrace ‘coffee with a cop’ initiative

Local communities across the state were encouraged to drop in for a coffee with their local cops on May 8 to help strengthen relationships and learn about the important work officers do to keep people safe. 

Minister for Police Troy Grant said people usually only seek out police when they are a victim or a witness of crime and they are at their most vulnerable – not ideal times to build relationships.  Read more

MFWF and Hostplus Hospitality Scholarship applications open until 15 May

Applications for the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival (MFWF) and Hostplus Hospitality Scholarship are open until 15 May.

Now in its fifth year, the nationwide scholarship offers the next generation of Australian hospitality workers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work across three different countries in internationally-acclaimed hospitality businesses. Upon their return to Australia, the scholarship winner will be partnered with a local industry leader for a year-long partnership. Read more

Sttoke launches new shatterproof reusable coffee cup

Sustainable coffee cup company Sttoke has unveiled its latest 8-ounce (236 millilitre) reusable cup.

Priced at $39, the Sttoke Reusable Cup is made primarily from stainless steel, and comes with a water-based Greblon ceramic coating, a facet that, according to the company, sets the cup apart from its competitors by not compromising on flavour. Read more

Starbucks settles with men arrested in Philadelphia store

Starbucks has settled with two black men who were arrested and led in handcuffs from a Starbucks store in Philadelphia on 12 April for trespassing, while waiting for a friend to arrive.

The company released a joint statement on 2 May from the men, Donte Robinson and Rashon Nelson, and Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson. Read more

SCA announces Specialty Coffee Expo Design Lab winners

The Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) announced Elixr Coffee, Kickapoo Coffee Roasters and Soma as winners of the Design Lab competition at the 2018 Specialty Coffee Expo in Seattle on 20 April.

Design Lab is an exhibition space within Expo that showcases the best design in coffee and the stories behind each of them. Read more