coffee crisis

Coffee in crisis: Australia’s response to low coffee prices

Coffee prices are at their lowest in more than a decade. Australian industry leaders tell BeanScene how this affects their relationships with farmers, the local market, and the future of coffee.

Where will the coffee industry be in 50 years? A hopeful barista might tell you that coffee will resemble wine, with their role like that of a sommelier, recommending premium coffees from a select reserve list. Another could warn you of the perils of climate change, putting 50 per cent of coffee producing land at risk. But what if we faced an industry in which producers focus solely on volume and cherries are picked by machine? Read more

Clark St Coffee

Clark St Coffee: Through the looking glass

Clark St Coffee has designed an open and immersive coffee experience at its Richmond roastery.

Clark St Coffee Roasters operates an espresso bar on Crown Street in Richmond, Victoria that’s more coffee lab than café. The fit out, designed by architect Dion Hall, makes good use of galvanised steel, taking inspiration from the materials used in the roasting facility. Read more

Nomad Coffee Group

Inside the Nomad Coffee Group

Veneziano Coffee Roasters is just one facet of what parent company Nomad Coffee Group has to offer. CEO Craig Dickson discusses the group’s different arms and plans for growth.

Veneziano Coffee Roasters is a well-known brand within the Australian coffee industry, with multiple Australian Coffee Championship titles to its name. It has a presence in every state, including roasteries in Melbourne and Brisbane, and training studios and cafés spread across the country. Read more

SoCo Roasters

SoCo Roasters: A society of coffee

SoCo Roasters talks to BeanScene about connecting with origin, developing a unique blend, and building a community around coffee.

At less than a century old, Zambia’s coffee producing industry is one of the youngest in the world. With its first coffee trees planted in the 1940s, local farmers are happy to share with visitors the folklore of how coffee was introduced to the country. Read more

ClickPOS

ClickPOS app streamlines café operations

ClickPOS has launched a new tablet application designed to simplify café operations and put valuable information in the hands of those who need it.

It’s been said that knowledge is power, and in the world of point of sale (POS) software, a new iOS application from ClickPOS offers just that. The ClickPOS app acts as a gateway to connect a café’s stored information to a centralised database, where product information, sales, and purchases are accessible at baristas’ and café owners’ fingertips.  Read more

Ubermilk

Übermilk makes milk easy

Übermilk from Barista Group streamlines a café’s workflow by reducing waste and improving quality and consistency.

When designing a café, workflow should be as big a consideration as the aesthetics. This is why both factors were taken into consideration when German manufacturer Übermilk was developing its signature milk foaming system. Read more

MICE2020

The world returns for MICE2020

BeanScene finds out why MICE2020 is going to be the most exciting one yet and why top industry players are returning. 

Melbourne’s coffee culture resinates deep within its laneways, where baristas can be seen serving coffee from an old shopfront, pop-up caravan, or a hole-in-the-wall covered in graffiti with milk crates out the front. It’s these unique characteristics that will be on display when the coffee world comes to Melbourne for the 2020 Melbourne International Coffee Expo (MICE). Read more

Fairtrade helps coffee farmers prepare for change

Fairtrade is working closely with coffee farmers to help protect future production volumes and combat extreme weather and changing seasonal patterns resulting from climate change.

The price of coffee is volatile, and can fluctuate wildly year to year. Unpredictable weather conditions and susceptibility to disease also present significant challenges to growers.

As a result, independent non-profit organisation Fairtrade says many of the small-scale farmers who supply 80 per cent of total coffee volumes experience reduced yields and are at risk of producing low-quality crops. Due to systemic inequality in coffee trade structures, many also lack the financial and technical capacity to adapt to or mitigate these damaging effects.  Read more

Project Origin gives back to farmers

Project Origin is working with coffee farmers in Nicaragua to promote social sustainability by asking producers “what can we do to help?”

Sasa Sestic, Founder of green bean trader Project Origin, has been working closely on a farm called El Árbol in, Dipilto, Nicaragua with co-owners Tim Willems and Claudia Lovo for more than three years to improve its coffee and the livelihood of the farming community. 

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Elemental Beverage Company Snapchiller

Elemental Beverage Company turns hot coffee cold with Snapchiller

Elemental Beverage Company is shifting the beverage paradigm by developing technology that preserves and enhances the aroma and flavour of coffee – but cold. 

In theory, turning hot coffee into cold in less than 60 seconds sounds like a magic trick straight out of a Harry Potter movie, but one company has made it a reality.  Read more

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