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
As the world adapts to life during coronavirus, coffee judging competitions have vowed to continue in a revised, virtual format, to support farmers and share top quality coffees with the world.
There’s something special about cupping a freshly brewed coffee in the origin of where it’s produced. It could be the sound of Spanish words echoing in the room, the squawk of a toucan in the nearby tree, famers looking on, or the unique slurping sounds of international judges who collectively make the Cup of Excellence (COE) competition one of the most revered in the world. Read more
Mocopan’s commitment to quality, consistency, and its customers has led to unprecedented growth with no signs of slowing down, thanks to the expansion of its Preston roastery.
When Agostino Monici, Sergio Coperchini, and Vic Panatieri formed Mocopan Coffee in Preston, Victoria in 1954, it’s doubtful the Italian immigrants could have predicted how large the coffee roaster would become. Mocopan has continued to play a key role in the Melbourne coffee scene for more than 60 years. Read more
Movers and shakers offer insights into the state of the New Zealand coffee industry with international flavour.
It’s been a while since the last Tamper Tantrum, so Ozone Coffee Roasters thought ‘why not kick one off again?’, this time in New Zealand. The main instigators, Natalie Clausen and Steph Noble from Ozone Coffee Roasters, hatched a plan to make a work trip for their Director of Coffee, Stephen Leighton, into an event for the wider coffee community. Read more
Toby’s Estate Coffee Roasters is exploring the unknown with a new range of single-serve coffee bags, making specialty coffee more convenient and accessible to a broader audience.
Specialty coffee is no longer solely the domain of the café. As general knowledge of coffee grows, consumers look for new ways to enjoy café-quality coffee anywhere. Nich Rae, Head of Coffee at Toby’s Estate, says roasters are looking at new ways to serve their coffee to customers outside of a specialty café. Read more
Espressology’s Instaurator takes a trip down memory lane to his first encounter of the World Barista Championship, and describes the lessons learnt along the way.
A competitive nature is a healthy trait. It can motivate you to be curious and inspire you to reach heights you never thought possible. I learnt this first-hand back in 2000 when I went to hire a new barista trainer. Read more