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Toby’s Estate redefines coffee tasting with new grid tool

Toby’s Estate Coffee Roasters has developed a new grid tool to focus on aligning expectations and making coffee tasting more accessible.

Tasting coffee can be intimidating to people new to the industry, especially if what they taste is different to what someone more experienced is describing. Read more

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Fit for the grind: Discerning the raw qualities of coffee

A remarkable coffee experience is contingent on the raw materials used. And for three-time Australian Barista Champion Craig Simon, there’s much joy to be had in the exploring of coffee.

“The flavours of coffee are so varied and unique, and sometimes you just have that truly amazing experience, which you wouldn’t have had without continuing to explore,” says Craig, who is also Head of the Australian Roaster’s Guild. “It’s the raw materials you’re essentially drinking. So, invest in a great piece of equipment and then spend the rest of your time exploring those great raw materials and how to get the best out of them in the coffee making process.” Read more

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Four Pillars’ Matthew Wilkinson shares his coffee awakening

English-born chef Matthew Wilkinson shares a rather alarming admission about running one of Melbourne’s most iconic cafés, and why queuing isn’t always a bad thing.

For years I owned one of best coffee shops in Melbourne and did not drink coffee,” says chef Matthew Wilkinson. Read more

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Australian International Coffee Awards celebrate the craft of roasting

The 2020 Australian International Coffee Awards provides roasters a chance to put their brand on the map in a rigorous judging process that celebrates the complexity and craft of roasting.

Australia is considered a leader in the global coffee industry. That high regard is brought to the fore every year in the Australian International Coffee Awards. Read more

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Coffee producers adapt to thrive during coronavirus

Fairtrade is helping producers adapt to the challenges and restrictions of coronavirus so they can continue to farm coffee now and into the future.

While COVID-19 has been less widespread at origin than in consuming countries at this stage, producers are feeling the blowback. Peter Kettler, Senior Coffee Manager at Fairtrade International, tells BeanScene coffee farmers have felt disruptions on multiple levels. Read more

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The Wolff Coffee pack

Peter and Penny Wolff have mastered their craft, pioneered the Brisbane specialty coffee scene, and taken their customers on a journey over the past 36 years.

Penny and Peter Wolff’s relationship resembles the plot of a romance novel. There’s the initial moment of electricity, a chase, a rekindling, and a happy ending. Read more

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Shinsaku Fukayama shares the secret to his success

Shinsaku Fukayama of St Ali approaches latte art with the same discipline he brought to snowboarding, and hopes to share this with the wider coffee community.

It often takes people many years to master a discipline. For Shinsaku “Shin” Fukayama, it took less than five years to go from drinking his first coffee to performing on the 2018 World Latte Art Championship stage. Read more

Coping with COVID-19

The coronavirus has hit the coffee industry hard. But true to its strength and resilience, many businesses are finding creative ways to stay afloat that could extend beyond the pandemic. Read more

The New Zealand specialty coffee industry bands together in the face of a complete café and hospitality lockdown.

New Zealand specialty coffee industry bands together

The New Zealand specialty coffee industry bands together in the face of a complete café and hospitality lockdown.

Back in mid-March, few could have predicted a complete lockdown of New Zealand for five weeks, followed by two weeks of operating a business at level three restrictions. Overnight, the hospitality industry was halted. Read more

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Australian specialty coffee community stands united

The Australian Specialty Coffee Association recognises the strength and unity of the coffee industry in the face of COVID-19.

Like the people COVID-19 has infected, the virus is making the daily life of many cafés and industry members a challenge, and there are some hit worse than others. Read more