Victoria Arduino launches Champions’ Hub

Victoria Arduino has launched the Champions’ Hub, a new way for national barista champions to gain access to relevant training information and research, and practice on World Barista Championship (WBC) competition equipment. Read more

Café sector in spotlight as Fair Work Ombudsman cracks down on workplace basics

The Fair Work Ombudsman has begun auditing 1000 businesses across Australia, as part of a new campaign to ensure employers have the basics right in their workplaces.

The industries and areas of focus selected for the campaign have been informed by the analysis of data obtained from the Fair Work Ombudsman’s intelligence reports, including its anonymous reports, which have identified hotspots of concern. Read more

What does your coffee choice say about you?

Monin in partnership with Jamaica Blue are celebrating Caffeine Appreciation Month with a fun interactive Coffee Personality Quiz.

Monin and Jamaica Blue are inviting coffee-lovers to discover what their choice of coffee says about them. Read more

Rabobank: let the milk battle begin

The storm clouds hanging over the global dairy market are expected to clear in late-2018, while competition for milk is set to intensify in Australia as the ‘battle begins’, steering domestic producers towards a profitable 2018/19 season, according to a Rabobank report. Read more

Meadow Fresh New Zealand Barista Championship on this weekend

The New Zealand Specialty Coffee Association (NZSCA) will host the 2018 Meadow Fresh New Zealand Barista Champion this weekend at Expressions Arts and Entertainment Centre.

New Zealand’s best baristas will compete on stage in an effort to win the coveted Champion title and represent their country on the world stage at the World Barista Championship in Amsterdam in June.  Read more

The Grounds at-home barista courses

Jack Hanna, The Grounds of Alexandria Co-Founder and Head of Coffee, along with Andrew Hunt, The Grounds’ Training and Account manager have developed coffee courses for coffee consumers.

The April courses will teach the art of making coffee at home, how to master latte art, cupping, and how to explore the differences in brewing methods.  Read more

Seattle hosts Specialty Coffee Expo

Specialty Coffee Association’s flagship event, the Specialty Coffee Expo, is taking place in Seattle, United States from 19 to 22 April.

The Specialty Coffee Expo is designed to be the coffee professional’s one stop shop for everything they need to be succeed in the coffee industry.  Read more

Nestlé sets goal of 100 per cent recyclable or reusable packaging

Nestlé, the parent company of global coffee comapany Nespresso, has announced its goal to make 100 per cent of its packaging recyclable or re-usable by 2025. Its vision is that none of its packaging, including plastics, will end up in landfill or as litter. Nestlé said it believes there is an urgent need to minimise the impact of packaging on the environment. Read more

Mexico hosts 121st International Coffee Council meeting

The official inauguration ceremony of the 121st International Coffee Council, the governing body of the International Coffee Organization (ICO), was held in Mexico City on 9 April.

Officially launched by the Sub-Secretary Jorge Armando Narváez Narváez, this is the first time the Council has met in Mexico, a country that is in the forefront in the process of modernising its coffee sector.

The meeting is the first since the United States announced its intention to withdraw from the International Coffee Agreement, effective on 3 June, 2018. Read more