BioPak completes the circle

As consumers become more aware of the consequences of waste in our environment, businesses have been keen to bandy about buzzwords such as ‘green’, ‘eco’, and ‘sustainable’ in the branding of their products. But how many of these products are truly sustainable?

For food services packaging supplier BioPak, sustainability means aligning its business practices with the principles of a circular economy. The circular economy model is based on the living world’s cyclical model – where there is no landfill, but materials flow. In a living system, one species’ waste is another’s fuel. Living things grow, die, and their nutrients are returned to the soil safely. The circular economy is an industry model that is restorative and regenerative by design, where waste can build capital rather than reduce it.  Read more

Cultivating quality coffee in Australia

In January 2017, 72 cultured seedlings of three different coffee varieties arrived from Florida at Southern Cross University (SCU) in Lismore, New South Wales, in sterile tubes. 

The carefully facilitated seedling transfer was part of World Coffee Research’s (WCR) International Multi-location Variety Trial, an effort to facilitate the global exchange of the world’s best coffee varieties.

WCR gathered 35 top-performing coffee varieties from 11 suppliers around the world and had them replicated in sterile culture by a Florida propagator, The varieties, with about 50,000 plantlets, were distributed to 23 coffee growing countries for planting on more than 60 test plots. One of those countries was Australia. Read more

Tyro’s untapped potential 

Tyro has taken the lead and launched Australia’s first Tap & Save least-cost routing debit payment system to help small to medium enterprises save.

As Australians move closer towards a cashless society, small businesses are more likely to witness Australians wave a little plastic card, watch, or wristband around a small terminal to pay for their morning coffee or smashed avocado. Read more

World Coffee Research’s family reunion

For centuries, families have traced their long lines of heritage, often discovering siblings they never knew existed and distant cousins to add to their Christmas card list. 

Over the past two years, scientists and researchers from World Coffee Research’s (WCR) collaborative research and development program have been documenting coffee’s family tree. They have compiled data about the main Arabica coffee varieties grown by farmers around the world and aggregated the information into a global cataglogue. Read more

How to create a sensory framework for milk

As a licensed Q Grader, I cup coffee on an almost daily basis. I find the cupping process to be an invaluable decision-making tool that enables a precise insight into the quality, flavour traits, defects and potential longevity of coffee. 

The Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) cupping standards have become a well-established methodology for evaluating coffee quality and a major contributor to our flourishing specialty coffee industry. The cupping protocol has driven a deeper understanding of flavour influencing factors such as origin, terroir, genotype, processing, roasting, and brewing. However, there is one area of the coffee industry that might benefit from a re-think and re-application of the cupping process to reach the full flavour potential.  Read more

Heath Dalziel – 2018 ASCA Australian Brewers Cup Champion 

It was first time lucky for Heath Dalziel, owner of Third Time Lucky café in Adelaide, to take out the 2018 ASCA Australian Brewers Cup. 

Heath was seventh seeded going into the national competition, as the winner of the Western Region Brewers Cup that took place in Adelaide last year. This is impressive success for someone who was coaxed into competing by his supplier, Ona Coffee, two months before the regional event.  Read more

Origin Trader’s Robust relationships

Origin Traders, founded in 2005, has literal roots deep within the coffee industry. The family of Origin Traders owner, Rajeev Ganapathy, has farmed coffee in India for generations and owns plantations in the Coorg district, growing Robusta and Arabica beans.

Luigi Anselmi, Origin Traders National Sales Manager, says Rajeev first moved to Australia as an engineer but decided to return to the family traditions by setting up Origin Traders as a green bean distribution company. In addition to the beans grown on his plantations, Origin Traders also supplies many varieties from 18 origins, where Luigi says it has developed strong relationships with growers.  Read more

Cofinet’s Colombian confidence

Brothers Carlos and Felipe Arcila started Cofinet with high ambitions and realistic expectations.

Their first test was to try to sell one container of Colombian coffee in four months. They sold it in 28 days.  Read more

Cofi-Com’s global network

Achieving longevity in any market can be challenge, but Cofi-Com’s secret to 31 successful years as an importer of quality coffee comes down to three core values: delivering competitively priced coffee, quality beans, and personal service.

This was the philosophy of Andrew Mackay and his business partner when they founded Cofi-Com in 1987, and it remains a large part of why the company has such long-standing relationships with roasters throughout Australia, Europe, New Zealand, and Asia. Read more

Bennetts: a family legacy

For Bennetts Managing Director Scott Bennett, trading coffee and tea has always been part and parcel of what his family does.

The company was founded by Scott’s grandfather Horace Albert Bennett in 1918 to import coffee, tea and cocoa, following in the footsteps of his own father who had been in the industry since 1881. Read more